What I am Reading Now... 2022

Sophia Yadong Hao (Editor), taryn mackay , Saoirse Amira Anis , Awuor Onyango, Harun Morrison , Rae-Yen Song , Jacob V Joyce , MADEYOULOOK, Tako Taal , Khairani Barokka , Rabindranath X Bhose , Ashanti Harris, Ranjana Thapalyal

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    Initiated in 2020 and edited by Hao, What I am Reading Now… (WIARN) is an ongoing monthly online art publishing project which provides a critically engaged and supportive space for Black practitioners and practitioners of colour to share ideas, research, and their own writing.

    Underscoring the ongoing Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and considering the specific position of an art school gallery in relation to knowledge production and its dissemination, WIARN is a sustained context for original insights. Reflecting and embedding the ethos of the BLM movement and its capacity for social change through curatorial praxis, WIARN contributes to current research and thinking on decoloniality in contemporary cultural practices.

    Informed by and enhancing Hao’s curatorial practice, WIARN foregrounds criticality, discursivity and trans-disciplinarity by bringing together academics, activists, artists, cultural workers and writers at various stages of their career. Connecting them with Cooper Gallery’s multiple publics both in Dundee and further afield, WIARN acts as a catalyst for discussion on the shared politicised condition of contemporary cultural studies and practices.

    In 2022 the publication featured the writing by twelve UK based and international contributors including taryn mackay (activist), Saoirse Amira Anis (artist/curator), Awuor Onyango (artist/writer), Harun Morrison (artist/writer), Rae-Yen Song (artist), Jacob V Joyce (artist), MADEYOULOOK (artist collaboration of Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho), Tako Taal (artist and programmer), Khairani Barokka (artist/writer), Rabindranath X Bhose (artist/writer), Ashanti Harris (artist and researcher), Ranjana Thapalyal (artist and academic).
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeOnline journal
    Media of outputMonthly online art publishing project
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Place of PublicationDundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


    • Art Writing
    • curating contemporary art
    • Black Lives Matter
    • Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
    • Art Publishing


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