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Olivier Berggruen

is an independent curator based in New York City.

State of Affairs

Without delving too much into Wittgenstein's vision of reality, we can discern that the term “state of affairs” refers to various combinations of objects or things. Suffice it to say, an object is like a building block in our system of representation, a bit like the way in which primary colors are constitutive of our vision. Objects are simple. They are basic elements that are made up of language, and a name usually stands for an object.

In Conversation

Arazel Thalez with Olivier Berggruen and Mebrak Tareke

Olivier Berggruen and Mebrak Tareke speak with Arazel Thalez about how they engage their audience with themes in the realms of the spiritual, the erotic, and the taboo—caught in the tension between the sacred and the profane—encouraging the viewers to “frollick in the shadows of subconscious, for all the darkness is alive.”

In Conversation

Dance in the Making

This conversation between Diana Vishneva, Anna Yudina, and Olivier Berggruen explores the evolution of dance, seen from the perspective of an “art form in the making,” to use William Forsythe’s memorable formulation.

Fluid Selves: Legacy Russell’s Glitch Feminism

Glitch Feminism was published during a bleak year of pandemics and political upheaval. As reactionary political and social forces encourage inertia, or even try to undo the dreams of change, this manifesto is a voice for hope.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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