Issue 196 of frieze is themed around Altered States, from changes in politics and geography to disturbances of the mind. Christy Lange considers the photographic portrait in the age of facial recognition technology, and the ways in artists, from Dries Depoorter to Adam Harvey, are researching its manifold biases and blind-spots.
Also in this issue: Ben Mauk unpacks the audio investigations and installations of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, an artist examining the politics of sound, whose current solo is on view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and who is presenting new commissions at London’s Chisenhale Gallery and Tate Tanks in September. Roy Scranton – whose book of essays on the climate crisis, We’re Doomed. Now What?, comes out in July – writes about climate change and time. In the wake of her retrospective at Manchester Art Gallery, Sonia Boyce talks to Jennifer Higgie about her ongoing engagement in altering institutional constructs of blackness and femininity. Sean O’Toole looks at four Zimbabwean artists – Misheck Masamvu, Gareth Nyandoro, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude and Portia Zvavahera – whose raw, gestural, often satirical paintings penetrate the country’s state of political chaos and economic decline. Jonathan Griffin unpacks the hallucinatory paintings of Linda Stark – to be showcased at this year’s Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum – and their brew of popular iconography, feminist politics and practical magic. Amy Sherlock interviews Lantian Xie – a Chinese artist based in Dubai who, like most migrant workers in the UAE, does not own a passport – about his subversive take on pop and cosmopolitan culture. For this issue’s visual essay, Nick Mauss – subject of a solo exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art – presents a series of hybrid images. And answering our questionnaire is pioneering filmmaker David Lynch.
In the front section: Mark Pilkington traces the bizarre origins of Paddy Chayefsky’s novel Altered States (1978) – a horror story-cum-biography of a young scientist and his experiments with mind-bending hallucinogens – on its 40th anniversary, which coincides with the 80th anniversary of the first synthesis of LSD. Ghanaian architect Mae-ling Jovenes Lokko reflects upon the ecology and politics of her favourite designs. And film critic Michelle Orange asks: what is the value and function of ‘national cinema’ in an increasingly global culture and marketplace?
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