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Kisa Lala
Kiša Lala is a curator, essayist and contributor to international arts publications. She has written in collaboration with visual artists for museum books and exhibitions around the globe with a focus on our place in the environment. She advocates sponsorship of the arts, believing that greater dissemination increases cultural awareness.

Entries by Kisa Lala

Conversation With Theaster Gates: On Finding the Sweetest Fodder for His Imagination

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 2:58 PM


Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi performing at The Huguenot House, Documenta 13, 2012, Photo by Young Sun Han, Image courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery

Fourteen years ago when Theaster Gates sat behind a desk sifting through art proposals,...

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Tallur L.N. Straddles the Globe with a Balancing Act

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Tallur L.N. Unicode, 2011, Bronze, coins and concrete

At an oddly chaotic prize ceremony during the 2013 Delhi Art fair, with crowds jammed around an ill-lit open-air buffet, I had my first glimpse of Tallur's complex body of work as he stepped...

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Shoja Azari: Illusion and Disillusion

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Artist Shoja Azari might be well familiar with the abuse and manipulation of icons, having come to New York, post-Islamic Revolution from Iran in 1983 where he had been a writer involved in theater and politics. Since 1997 he has collaborated with his partner Shirin Neshat on many projects, but...

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Alexis Rockman: Rubicon -- The Point of No Return

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Alexis Rockman's panoramic paintings explore the seamless interdependencies of aquatic, avian and subterranean life. Their omniscient world-views reveal our own terrestrial spectrum to be only a narrow slice.

Rockman's inspirations range from museum dioramas to the pestilent sewers and toxic waste dumps that form the city's circulatory system. In...

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Moving Against Type: Stefan Sagmeister

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 3:09 PM

Stefan Sagmeister Covers from his boxed book set "Things I Have Learned," published by Abrams

We may not be biologically inclined to sustain happiness, but we are driven by the continuous desire to attain it. With this endeavor in mind, graphic designer...

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Collecting Women Making Waves -- Bringing Art to the Indian Masses

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Radhacharan Bagchi, Untitled, 1968 Oil on canvas 36.0 X 61.0 in.(91.4 X 154.9 cms) Courtesy of Delhi Art Gallery

Arriving on New Year's Eve in the aftermath of the brutal rape of a female commuter in New Delhi, I encountered the Indian media...

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The Founder of Cirque du Soleil - Guy Laliberté Returns from his Journey into Space with Plans to Change the World

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 10:31 AM

© Guy Laliberté - Algeria, Sahara Dessert, 2009 Print on cotton paper - 30 x 45 inches
Edition of 15

The fire-eating accordion-player who founded Cirque Du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, also became one of the first space-tourists to fly in a...

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Seeing Through the Eye of the Storm: Olafur Eliasson Explores Ways of Looking and Perceiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 9:13 AM

View of Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre during a storm on 2 November, 2012 - A collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects and artist Olafur Elliason that opened in 2011 - Photo: FRÉTTABLAÐIÐ/GVA Courtesy of


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A Midsummer Spell At Lacoste

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Château de Lacoste - the residence of the Marquis de Sade in 1760s - as seen from the welcoming arms of Alexander Bourganov's sculpture

The ruins of Château de Lacoste rises dramatically over a verdant crest in the Luberon Valley....

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Marie Antoinette Gets a Royal Makeover at the Chateau Versailles

(9) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 2:36 PM


Joana Vasconcelos - Lilicoptère
at the Chateau de Versailles, 2012 Photo: Kisa Lala

The Château de Versailles was aflame with the fanfare Marie Antoinette would have expected had she arrived there in a chopper festooned with pink ostrich feathers, throwing...

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Walking On Air: Getting Cloud-Specific With Tomás Saraceno

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 3:22 PM

By Kiša Lala

Tomás Saraceno, Metropolitan Museum rooftop, Inside his sculpture Cloud City. Photographed By Bobby Fisher, 2012

Tomás Saraceno's sculpture Cloud City at Metropolitan Museum rooftop, Photograph By Bobby Fisher, 2012

How would...

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'Read-All-About-It!' Gilbert And George: The Double-Headed Beast Is Back

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 7:44 AM

Gilbert (right) and George (left) photographed by Douglas Friedman 2012

Gilbert and George are back after six years of trawling the dark seas of the human psyche with hot-off-the-press banners announcing various victims of violent demise. The London Pictures are a compilation of...

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Interview: Whoring and Hustling With Michael Glawogger

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 1:32 PM


Bangladesh -- Still from Whores' Glory -- A Kino Lorber release.

Still from Whores' Glory -- Thailand, A Kino Lorber release. Photo Credit: Vinai Dithajohn

Director Michael Glawogger has a knack for shadowing pimps and hookers...

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Isabella Rossellini Speaks About Late Bloomers -- And Reaching 60

(9) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 10:23 AM

Isabella Rossellini as Mary and Joanna Lumley as Charlotte (Photos by Olive Films)
Isabella Rossellini as Mary and William Hurt as Adam (Photos by Olive Films)

"There is a not a real place for people between...

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Kehinde Wiley On the World Stage: A Conversation With the Artist

(7) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 8:15 AM

By Kiša Lala

Kehinde Wiley's Benediter Brkou (The World Stage: Israel), 2011, oil and gold and silver enamel on canvas. Private Collection. © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California.

Quick-and-easy snapshots have replaced the grand, gilt-framed portraits of...

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A Mind Safari with Stargazer Not Vital

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 4:33 PM

By Kiša Lala

Artist Not Vital in Agadez, Niger - Mekafoni. Camel, 2003 - Courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater Gallery New York

Raised on the dizzying slopes of the Engadine region in Switzerland, nomadic artist Not Vital takes delight...

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Making Celestial Waves: Artist Mariko Mori

(4) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 4:32 PM

Artist Mariko Mori's Journey to Seven Light Bay is a digital project that transports visitors to Miyako Island in Okinawa, Japan, where Mori has installed the first part of her monumental earthwork 'Primal Rhythm'. The installation consists of a sun pillar and an egg-shaped 'Tida Dome' that changes colour with...

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Keeping Time With Tom Sachs: An Interview With the Artist

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Tom Sachs, Photograph by The Selby

Tom Sachs, Photograph by The Selby

After a few years of tinkering in his studio, Tom Sachs has resurfaced with a new show entitled Work at New York's Sperone Westwater...

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Ape and Super-ape: A Chat With Walton Ford on Unnatural Histories

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2011 | 8:48 PM

By Kiša Lala


Walton Ford photographed by Bobby Fisher © Bobby Fisher, 2011 -- Arabian proverb from beginning of King Kong: 'And the Prophet said, 'And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty. And it stayed its hand from killing. And from...

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Darling Provocateur: An Interview With Charlotte Rampling

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 5:50 PM


Charlotte Rampling: photograph for SPREAD by Kareem Black, 2011

"Being ready at 9am in any country," sighed Charlotte Rampling, smartly turned out in a black suit after a late night of revelry in the West Village. The Look had just premiered the night before...

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