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Ian Bourland

Exotic flora and tentative ‘Afronauts’ speak to a sense of alienation, but throughout the artist’s work runs a current of optimism 

I cut my skin to liberate the splinter evokes the dissonance and precarity of post-apartheid South Africa

A collaborative exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Art + Practice, Los Angeles, explores the lesser-known ephemeral works of the sculpto

Landing only months before the US midterm elections, it’s impossible not to understand the show foremost in the context of the Trumps and Kushners

US true crime series Unsolved takes two formative pop cultural events to explore their concealed human stories and systemic narratives

From The X-Files to The Orville to Black Mirror: what role does sci-fi play in our age of fake news?

With the arrival of the first superhero film to feature a black lead since 1998's Blade, a reading list on black comic-book culture

‘A countercultural beacon’: Ian Bourland reflects on the artist’s remarkable, six-decade career

Jimmy Robert, Imitation of Lives, 2017, performance documentation. Courtesy: Performa and The Glass House; photograph: © Paula Court

Various venues, New York, USA

A year marked by new visualizations, both controversial and celebrated, of the black body

The removal of the Confederate monuments in Baltimore shows decisiveness after years of inaction – already they stand as sites of counter-memory

Kevin Beasley, Untitled (petrified), 2017, polyurethane foam, resin, redskins 1937 throwback speed helmets, 30 x 30 x 71 cm. Courtesy: Casey Kaplan

Casey Kaplan, New York, USA