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The List of 34,361 documented deaths of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who have lost their lives within or on the  borders of Europe since 1993. Documentation as of 5 May 2018 by UNITED for Intercultural Action. Facilitated by Banu Cennetğlu. Presented at Great George Street, Liverpool Biennial 2018. Photo: Thierry Bal
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Liverpool Biennial work listing names of dead refugees and migrants destroyed

In Brief: news briefing featuring national and international stories including: Programme for South London Gallery’s new space in a former fire station announced, Conserving Canvas grants announced to help teach art conservation skills, plus Pussy Riot members who were arrested at World Cup final in Moscow released then immediately detained again.

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Matthew Krishanu with Weapons, 2018. Photo: Peter Mallet
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A Q&A with… Matthew Krishanu, painter

The Bradford-born artist’s current exhibition ‘The Sun Never Sets’ at Huddersfield Art Gallery draws on his childhood memories of living in Bangladesh while also exploring the impact and legacy of colonialism. Fellow painter Narbi Price asks the questions.

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Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #15, 1978, gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches. Image: the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
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Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills series to go on public display in the UK for the first time

In Brief: news briefing featuring national and international stories including: high court rules that £10m Giotto painting was removed from Italy unlawfully; OMA wins approval for revised plans for £111.6 million flexible art space on site of the former Granada TV studios; plus Scottish Government announces £5m fund to help businesses affected by Glasgow School of Art fire.

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Pia Camil: Bara, Bara, Bara,  Installation view at Dallas Contemporary, 2017. Courtesy; Dallas  Contemporary. Photo; Kevin Todora.
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Now Showing #255: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of must-see shows includes the first UK show by Mexican artist Pia Camil at Nottingham Contemporary, Jo Lathwood’s sculptural installation at Fabrica, Brighton, and the artist-led project ‘Women Artists of the North East Library’ at Workplace in Gateshead.

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Ali Harwood, Kids That Fly. Independents Biennial 2018 at St John’s Market. Photo: Tony Knox
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Independents Biennial 2018: giving artists what they want

Running parallel to the Liverpool Biennial since its inception in 1999, the peer-led Independents Biennial is currently managed by Art In Liverpool, and aims to cast a fresh perspective on how we see, make and use art in Merseyside. Laura Robertson reflects on how the 2018 festival is highlighting local and national political issues such as regeneration and homelessness.

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Katarzyna Perlak, Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke, video still, 2016. Courtesy; artist.
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Blogger Q&A: Katarzyna Perlak, artist queering folk tradition

Katarzyna Perlak is this month’s featured artist on a-n’s Instagram. Her practice uses archival research and her own experience to apply queer and feminist readings to Eastern European history and tradition. Richard Taylor speaks to Perlak about her video and collage works.

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Brian Dettmer, A Sentimental Journey, 2018, from an edition illustrated by Brian Robb, 1948.
Photo: The Laurence Sterne Trust
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Artists’ Books #32: A Sentimental Journey with Laurence Sterne

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Laurence Sterne’s last work of fiction, a new exhibition including commissioned illustrations by cartoonist Martin Rowson and bookworks by New York-based artist Brian Dettmer is taking place at Sterne’s former home Shandy Hall in Coxwold, near York. Sarah Bodman reports.

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Mark Wallinger, The Human Figure in Space, 2007, approx. 4,800 m (3 miles) of kite string, mirrors, stencilled numbers, nails, wood, dimensions variable. Installation view at Donald Young Gallery, 2007. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
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Now Showing #254: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of must see shows includes Mark Wallinger’s Eadweard Muybridge-influenced work at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, plus Yves Klein’s painting, sculpture and large-scale installation at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock.

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Christine Borland, The China Harvest, 2018. Image Keith Hunter
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A Q&A with… Christine Borland

Christine Borland’s current show ‘to The Power of Twelve’ looks at the history of Mount Stuart, a neo-gothic country mansion on the island of Bute, during the first world war when it was used as a naval hospital. She talks to Jessica Ramm about the project which sees her return to Mount Stuart fifteen years on from her first exhibition at the Grade A listed house.

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Ben Sadler, screen shot from @bend_laser Instagram, 29 June 2018. Courtesy: the artist.
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Artists + Instagram: Ben Sadler is @bend_laser

@bend_laser is described by the artist as “a crap anagram” of his name. But can the format of Instagram become an anagram for everyday life and work? Richard Taylor looks at the Birmingham-based artist, one-half of the collaborative duo Juneau Projects, and takes a dive into his extensive Insta-collection of solo work.

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Sausage vs mince artist. Drawing by Rosalie Schweiker
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More mince, less sausage: making art that doesn’t look like art

At the recent Jamboree 2018 event on the Dartington Estate in Devon, the London-based German artist Rosalie Schweiker presented an improvised slide show about the difference between being a conventional ‘sausage’ artist and a hard to pigeonhole ‘mince’ artist. Here she turns that talk into a short explanation of her thinking – with added drawings of sausages, mince, and mince-based products.

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The National Gallery, London. Photo: Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net).  CC-BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)
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27 educators seek recognition as employees rather than freelancers from National Gallery following alleged sacking

In Brief news briefing featuring national and international stories including: Stolen Robert Motherwell painting returned to the Dedalus Foundation after 40 years; Pussy Riot invade pitch during World Cup final in Russia as political protest; and museum planned at Thai cave where 12 boys were rescued. Plus, 2019 Venice Biennale theme revealed.

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Agnès  Varda, 3  moving  images. 3  rhythms. 3  sounds,  2018. Installation  view  at  FACT as part of Liverpool  Biennial  2018 ‘Beautiful  world,  where  are  you?’ Photo: Thierry  Bal
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Liverpool Biennial 2018: “don’t believe in separated worlds”

The tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial has just opened with its theme ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ offered as a chance to reflect upon global uncertainty and change. Bob Dickinson reports from the opening weekend when, amid news of Trump’s visit to the UK and the protracted Brexit negotiations, the notion of a world in social, political and economic turmoil seemed especially pertinent.

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