Hans Ulrich Obrist is a Swiss curator for contemporary art. He is involved in the "Interview Project",an extensive collection of interviews between colonel and artists, architects, filmmakers, scientists, philosophers and musicians. He has been Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London since 2016. HUO publishes photos of handwritten messages from artists, writers and architects he meets on Instagram.
Mabanckou is one of the greatest storytellers, famous for his book Black Moses. Les Cigognes Sont Immortelles, which combines the personal and political, shows the impact that history, violence, and civil war has on a family, against the backdrop of colonization and decolonization. I was particularly struck by this recent quote of his: “The civilization of tomorrow is the sum of marginalities.”
My favourite city!
Etel Adnan is one of the greatest artists of our time, one of the wisest I have ever met, and a great inspiration to many people. Her "Of Cities and Women" letter omnibus relates to cities like her place of birth Beirut, London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Rome and many more. Oskar Kokoschka said you can't paint a city, it escapes you. Etel Adnan captured them in her writtings and portrays them as places of understanding and revelation. Reading her is addictive.
The city is the protagonist. A maze about politics, activism, art. Very related to the Maquis de Sade.