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Cosey Fanni Tutti at COUM Transmissions panel event, Hull, February 2017.  Photo: © Patrick Mateer
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Cosey Fanni Tutti and COUM Transmissions: “I had to fight my way through everything”

Formed in Hull in the late 1960s, COUM Transmissions – members of which would later become Throbbing Gristle – pushed performance art to the limit, culminating in the 1976 ‘Prostitution’ show at the ICA which saw them vilified in the press. With a Hull City of Culture exhibition exploring the group’s legacy, Bob Dickinson speaks to founding member Cosey Fanni Tutti.

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Richard Hughes, I'll Probably Cry, 2016
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NOW SHOWING #182: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection includes a group show in Gateshead exploring the journeys taken by migrants and refugees to cross the Mediterranean Sea, a playful take on curating in Manchester, and the beginning of Bluecoat’s 300-day tercentenary programme in Liverpool.

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Anna Brownsted, Diplomat. Photo: Anna Brownsted
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Online exhibition sees US artists respond to Trump presidency

The seventh edition of Fermynwoods’ annual online exhibition features two UK-based American artists whose work has resonances with the current political situation in the US. Jack Hutchinson speaks to Anna Brownsted and Jessica Harby about the anger, despair and anxiety fuelling their approach.

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Lubaina Himid, photographed at Invisible Strategies exhibition, Modern Art Oxford, 2017. Photo: Edmund Blok
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A Q&A with… Lubaina Himid, painter and British Black Arts Movement pioneer

With solo exhibitions at Spike Island and Modern Art Oxford, and archival work in a new group show at Nottingham Contemporary focusing on Black British art from the 1980s, Lubaina Himid’s paintings and installations are attracting both critical and popular acclaim. Fisun Güner talks to her about politics, migration, and taking on the art establishment.

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Larry Achiampong. Photo: Adrien Thibault
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A Q&A with… Larry Achiampong, artist exploring the Black diaspora

Working in a wide-range of media from film to sculpture to performance, London-based artist Larry Achiampong draws on colonial history, his own Ghanian heritage, and the experience of growing up in Britain to create works that explore ideas around class, race and cultural identity. Wayne Burrows talks to him.

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26 Library Books, a trans-Atlantic collaboration by Lenka Clayton (USA) and Chris Taylor (UK), The Tetley, 2015. Photo: Louise Atknson
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Artists’ Books #15: Pages project 20th anniversary

John McDowall and Chris Taylor are celebrating 20 years of their Pages artists’ book project with a series of events and exhibitions, including the 20th Leeds International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair in March. Sarah Bodman looks forward to this significant milestone.

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