A Reader on Recent Boycotts and Contemporary Art edited by Joanna Warsza et. al. Reviewed in the upcoming Fall 2018, #7.2 issue of the Journal of Curatorial Studies.
Organised into four comprehensive sections, I Can’t Work Like This: A Reader on Recent Boycotts and Contemporary Art explores the impacts of four recently boycotted art biennials. Functioning primarily as a reference publication, I Can’t Work Like This comprises nearly fifty articles (some republished) in the form of interviews, detailed accounts and socio-contextual reflections.
This, combined with hard-hitting facts in the shape of event timelines and primary source statements, offers an absorbing, self-reflective and critical read. Joanna Warsza’s editorial group delivers a seven-part introduction that initiates the reader into the political, ideological, economical and historical context for art boycotts. Four unique biennial case studies follow: the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Manifesta 10 in Russia, the 19th Biennale of Sydney, and the 31st Biennale de São Paulo. Each study drills down on the exact circumstances that lead to their boycott, critically examining the cause and effect of political action, shifting power relations and strategies of negotiation within the art world.