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Howardena Pindell

In conversation with Lauren O’Neill-Butler


“There will be gradual changes in the art world, but the arts are often the last to change.”



8

Mark Wigley

In conversation with Emmanuel Olunkwa


“This is maybe the question that we should have begun with: if architecture is a question, and the question is about the human, architecture doesn’t simply house the human or reinforce the human. It remakes the human.”



7

Mimi Thi Nguyen

In conversation with Lauren O’Neill-Butler


“One mantra in particular strikes me in this moment — and it is from John Waters’s Female Trouble — ‘crime is beauty,’ through which lawfulness under a dehumanizing regime is not an option.”



6

Ruba Katrib

In conversation with Dawn Chan


“The modern manifestation of the museum has its origins as a colonial and disciplining institution that directs social and cultural behavior and norms, and there has been a lot of work that has been done to combat this legacy. In a similar manner though, we could think about social media as a disciplining entity, training behavior and content in a myriad of ways. It is really pervasive, as the rest of the web and real life gets filtered through it.”



5

Nell Painter

In conversation with Lauren O'Neill-Butler


“Things improving for old women artists is like things improving for Black Americans. Things improve. But things stay awful.”



4

Sarah Schulman

In conversation with Emmanuel Olunkwa


“Lesbian rights, if you mean legal rights, are completely dependent on gay men. All of the victories in the courts — though often argued by women geniuses — are often financed by men’s money. But representation is a different matter because many gatekeepers are too prejudiced to universalize to a lesbian protagonist.”



3

Christopher K. Ho

In conversation with Dawn Chan


“On July 1, after Hong Kong’s new national security law passed […] a young woman, unclear about what could be said, held up a blank sheet of paper […] That a readymade — A4 paper — became a primary symbol of suppressed speech in a city famed for bureaucratic panache is fitting and ironic.”



2

Frank B. Wilderson III

In conversation with Aria Dean


“The kind of freedom that a Black revolution offers someone is freedom from recuperation […] And no one wants to be that free; free of everything they are and everything they can be.”



1

Adrian Piper

In conversation with Lauren O'Neill-Butler


“At best the United States provides a cautionary tale to other countries as to what not to do.”