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  • Celebrating 4/20 with Thirteen Ways of Looking at Cannabis

    April 18, 2014  —  
    Ahead of the 4/20 holiday, we present the work of 13 contemporary artists who represent marijuana as an intricate flowering plant, a mind-expanding substance and the deep-rooted source of a vibrant subculture.  More
  • How to Get a Whole Generation to Sell Out

    April 11, 2014  —  
    Today’s twenty-somethings aren’t apathetic or opportunistic. They’re just trying to survive an economic system that has saddled them with inescapable student debt.  More
  • David Byrne: Breaking Up with the Internet

    March 24, 2014  —  
    Disillusionment with the Internet is at an all-time high thanks to the snooping of NSA agents, corporate algorithms and cyber thieves. What would a world without the web look like? David Byrne imagines a society that has gone totally offline—if only to suggest what a truly secure online life might look like.  More
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    Nutrition Isn’t Pretty

    March 31, 2014  —  

    As climate change poses increasing threats to our agriculture, artist Tattfoo Tan challenges us to reduce food waste by rethinking what produce should look like. Tan shares creative techniques for salvaging deformed vegetables, which, with a little love, are transformed into beautiful meals.  More
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    The Day the Taliban Took Kabul

    March 24, 2014  —  

    When the Taliban first entered Kabul in 1996, writer Habib Zahori was hopeful their presence would usher in an era of peace and stability after years of civil war. His optimism quickly soured. Now, with Afghanistan’s presidential elections and the American troop withdrawal on the horizon, Zahori explains why political transition invokes a sense of wariness.  More
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    The Majestic Taiwanese Buildings That Only Mosquitoes Call Home

    March 24, 2014  —  

    In Taiwan, hundreds of deserted public construction projects have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Artist Yao Jui-chung, joined by a team of photographers known as the Lost Society Document, chronicled these often majestic buildings in images that set off a national scandal and prompted pledges for revitalization from the prime minister.  More
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    Mexico’s Oil Belongs to Its Citizens, Not the Global 1%

    March 18, 2014  —  

    On the anniversary of Mexico’s 1938 oil nationalization, artist Yoshua Okón argues that the “energy reform” currently underway in his country will deprive citizens of income directed toward education, health care and anti-poverty programs.  More
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    Before the Fall: Photos and Video of Ukraine’s Euromaidan Protests

    March 4, 2014  —  

    As the standoff in Ukraine continues over Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, artist Tomas Rafa provides an intimate portrait of the recent battles that unfolded in the “Euromaidan” protests in Kiev. These photographs and video offer a rare on-the-ground look at the fiery front lines.  More
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    Editor's Letter

    This February, the Istanbul-based artist Ahmet Ögüt took part in a conditional withdrawal from the Biennale of Sydney due to its connections to Transfield Holdings—a corporation linked to the management...

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