The Contemporary Journal is the digital strand of the Public Programmes and Research department at Nottingham Contemporary, which is responsible for the journal content.
Bio captures a span of 365 days in which the artist updated the 160-character ‘bio’ section of a profile on Twitter each day. An experiment in erasure, self-deletion, and visibility in the expansive sphere of the internet, Bio anchors itself to the wider lineage of artists’ cancelled texts, but in the age of new media as ‘soft’ power.
‘Cultural diplomacy’ has played an instrumental role in fostering a particular mode of self-identification among Arab artists and practitioners. The philanthropic support for Arab art promotes the perspective of a cultural ‘elsewhere’ and a personified ‘otherness’. The result is a ‘love’ that configures the ethos of the art market.