Beyond the Traditional Blueprints of Art & Gentrification

Beyond the Traditional Blueprints of Art & Gentrification

Ed. Tirdad Zolghadr, text(s) by Simone Hain, Marwa Arsanios, Marion von Osten, Sabine Horlitz, Laura Calbet Elias, Marco Clausen, Maria Hetzer, Katya Sander, Khaldun Bshara, Christopher Roth, Suhail Malik, Paul Seidler, Penny Rafferty, Bahar Noorizadeh, Kristel Raesaar, graphic design by Neil Holt


2022. 192 pp.,

ISBN 978-3-7757-5345-6

What Influence does Art have?

How to transcend land grab economies, even by means of art? The reader REALTY moves from the safety of critique to the vulgarity of suggestions. The pandemic’s effect on mobility presents a historic opportunity. Rarely has criticism of our extractive artworld logic of one-place-after-another been louder. REALTY is a long-term curatorial program by Tirdad Zolghadr (*1973), initially commissioned by the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. With the help of numerous artists and experts who contributed over 2017–2020, this reader revisits how contemporary art can contribute to decisive conversations on urbanism.

TIRDAD ZOLGHADR (*1973) is a curator and writer. He is currently artistic director of the Sommerakademie Paul Klee. Curatorial work over the last two decades includes biennial settings as well as long-term, research-driven efforts, most recently as associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, 2016-20.

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