By Tim Cornwell / The Art Newspaper
Giant female figure made of bamboo was made with the help of the local community in Sylhet.
The Polish artist Pawel Althamer, who has specialised in building community sculptures, has completed the first commission for a new sculpture park in Sylhet, the city that is a spiritual and cultural centre for Bangladesh. It is a giant figure of a woman, large enough to walk through the limbs, built with bright textiles over a bamboo frame by a volunteer team that included four of Althamer’s neighbours from Poland and around 100 villagers and children as well as patients of a local drug rehabilitation centre.
By Alex Greenberger / ArtNews
After years of secrecy, Documenta 14 has quietly released its artist list on its website. This year’s quinquennial, which is headed by Adam Szymczyk, takes place in Athens and Kassel, Germany. Its Greek half opens to the public on Saturday, and a preview was held this morning.
By Alice Morby / Dezeen
Our highlights of Milan design week 2017, which kicks off next week, include an exhibition that examines the demise of capitalism and a bubble-blowing installation.
The biggest event in the international design calendar, Milan design week takes over the Italian city in April each year. If you’re visiting in 2017, tag your Instagram pictures with the #milanogram2017 hashtag for a chance to win £500 to spend at Dezeen Watch Store.
Read on for our guide to 15 unmissable exhibitions and installations to check out in Milan this year.
The Human Trace is traditional tableware marked with the fingerprints of its makers
By Trudie Carter / Dezeen
The production line of Poland’s oldest porcelain factory has been temporarily sabotaged – so one batch of its traditional tableware is stained blue with factory workers’ fingerprints.
Presented at DesignMarch 2017, The Human Trace tableware forms part of a project called People from the Porcelain Factory, by anthropologist and curator Ewa Klekot, and ceramist Arkadiusz Szwed.
The project aims to highlight the fact that humans still have a role to play in industrial manufacturing.
By Will Coldwell / The Guardian
Whether they’re in countryside or a post-industrial landscape, Europe’s 2017 festival calendar means new events, old favourites, frenzied masses and boutique charm.
From the Contemporary Lynx archives:
By Ania Diduch
Darren Arnofsky’s movie, Black Swan tells the story of a young woman, who taps into her dark side to become a better dancer. Watching Nina Sayers – the character played by Natalie Portman – surpass her limitations makes it easy to jump into the conclusion that getting in touch with your “black side” makes you stronger and more complex. In the art world it means you can be a better artist: the one that expresses emotions truly, and is braver about breaking the rules.