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Groundings #8 – Ben Eastham

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Ben Eastham is a writer and editor, currently editor-in-chief of art-agenda, the division of e-flux devoted to contemporary art criticism. He is the author of The Imaginary Museum (Harper Collins, 2020) – a speculative fiction about the way that material culture shapes individual and collective identities – and the editor of numerous books including including Luis Camnitzer: One Number Is Worth One Word (Sternberg/e-flux, 2020), Fabio Mauri: Before or After, at the Same Time (Hauser & Wirth, 2019), and The White Review Anthology (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017). His writing has been published in ArtReview, frieze, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, Mousse, the Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications.

An initiative by Occasional Groundwork – an alliance of EVA International (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art), GIBCA (Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden), and LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway) – Groundings is an ongoing series of co-commissioned texts that explore themes relevant to the contemporary art biennial and the shift in conditions imposed by the ongoing pandemic.  Ben Eastham’s FRICTIONS is the eight text in the Groundings series, selected through an open call by artist Dennis McNulty and representatives from the Occasional Groundwork network.