Electra n.14


ELECTRA is an independent Portuguese magazine, published by the EDP Foundation, which focuses on the criticism and cultural, social and political reflection of events related to our current affairs. Among its pages it questions the trends, ideas, images and mythologies that shape and move the times in which we live. But it is not an academic magazine and it does not pursue what is happening, rather it maintains a certain distance from journalistic immediacy.

Number of pages: 256
Cover: soft
English language

“I cultural and economic changes have transformed art, which has become an integral part of economic, tourist, cultural and social activities, to which it transmits its value ", writes Yves Michaud in" On Contemporary Art ", the dossier of Electra number 14 all dedicated to contemporary art.
From the point of view of art criticism, sociology and the economics of art, this dossier considers aesthetic issues and artistic forms, but also the functioning of this system.
Various controversial aspects of contemporary art are examined in the editorial by José Manuel dos Santos and António Soares and in the Subjects section by Camille de Toledo, Yves Michaud, António Guerreiro, Paul Werner, Jovan Mrvaljevic and Gregory Sholette.
The interview in this issue of Electra is with the French philosopher Didier Eribon, who talks about his autobiographical work Return to Reims and about themes such as social determinism, gender studies, the state of politics, and people like Michel Foucault, Georges Dumézil, Hervé Guibert, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Annie Ernaux.
For the Portfolio section of this issue, Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen has prepared a series of new and still unedited images that show what made her unique as an artist throughout her career and in the current stage of her visual creation. This work is accompanied by an essay by curator and writer Josseline Black.
The essayist and curator Juan Manuel Bonet, former director of the Reina Sofia Museum, analyzes the writings on the art of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Octavio Paz; The Italian philosopher Dario Gentili comments on a sentence by Robert Musil taken from Man without qualities; on the bicentenary of Baudelaire's birth, Ana Rocha, music critic and researcher, recalls the author of Flowers of Evil and his relationship with Wagner's music; Carla Baptista and Paulo Pena discuss political journalism and the relationship between journalists and former US president Donald Trump; and the writer Rui Manuel Amaral describes the city of Porto, real and imaginary.
The Spanish architect and publisher Moisés Puente analyzes a new way of understanding architecture built starting from architectural images and photography; art historian Gillian Sneed writes about the work of the Portuguese artist Gaëtan and the critical methodologies of queer theory; curator Julia Albani talks about the 17th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale; essayist João Oliveira Duarte talks about The Complete Poems of Hölderlin; and diplomat Bernardo Futscher Pereira offers his thoughts on the word "bazooka".