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Contributors: Tim Abrahams, Matthew Barker, Alice Bucknell, Ronghui Chen, Sonia Faleiro, Owen Hatherley, John Jervis, Matylda Krzykowski, Joe Lloyd, Max Pinckers, Vera Sachetti, Nate Schulman, Peter Smisek, Jacoba Urist

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April 2019



Monumental stories. steeped in complex history, arrive from Gujarat, Minsk and Montgomery, Alabama. Journalist and novelist Sonia Faleiro (5) watches a giant rise in India, above a society marked by brutal inequality. ‘Given the distress across the country, the expenditure and indeed timing of the statue was obscene,’ she says. Critic Owen Hatherley (4) has been in Belarus, where he observed students unfazed by historic monuments to Lenin and Stalin. Neither angry nor nostalgic for authoritarianism: ‘They clearly found it very funny’ he says. Matylda Krzykowski and Vera Sacchetti (1) met in Switzerland and founded Foreign Legion. They ask ‘what it means to be not only foreign, but also a women.’ Meanwhile, Alice Bucknell (3) goes in search of a worthy use for virtual reality technologies. ‘My vote goes to the radical blockchain Marxists’, she concludes. And John Jervis (2) has visited one front in the war over contemporary British identity: 1950s London. He returned with a chintzy coffee pot decorated by Hugh Casson, architectural director of the 1951 Festival of Britain, who once taught Prince Charles how to paint.


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