Matthew Rana

Matthew Rana (b.1981/US) is an artist, poet, and critic living in Stockholm. His writing has appeared in Art-Agenda, Camera Austria, OEI, and Jacket2, among others, and he is a regular contributor to Kunstkritikk and Frieze. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam.


matthewrana [at] gmail [dot] com


Ardour: Poems from the Daud, NION Editions, Autumn 2022


From Memory to Reproduction: The Cinema of Bernadette Mayer


Mara Lee's Monstrous Demand, review of Loving Others, Othering Love: On a Few Tropes and Emotions that Shape the Image of the Stranger, Mara Lee (Praun & Guermouche, 2022). Kunstkritikk

The Politics of Bad Neighbours, review of Houses to Die In and Other Essays on Art, Ina Blom (Sternberg Press, 2022). Kunstkritikk

>>15-16 September 2022: Experimental Writing in English (1945-2000): The Anti-Canon, Palace of the Academies (Brussels, BE)

Was Nancy Holt a Feminist or a Mystic? review of Inside Outside, Nancy Holt at Bildmuseet, Umeå (SE), 17 June 2022–29 January 2023. Frieze

>>20 April 2022: Symposium of the Network for New York School Studies, Université Gustave Eiffel (Champs-sur-Marne, FR) video

The Phantasmic World of Lap-See Lam, review of Dreamers' Quay, Dreamers' Key, Lap-See Lam at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (SE), 9 February–3 April 2022. Frieze

Critic on the Loose, review of Poems and Parables on the Political Utility of Art, Karl Katz Lydén (Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, 2021). Kunstkritikk

Bad Contemporaneity, interview with Sianne Ngai. Kunstkritikk

Cecilia Germain on the Political Power of Sleep, review of The Dream Keeper, Cecilia Germain at Botkyrka Konsthall, Botkyrka (SE), 6 March–21 August 2021. Frieze

Diffuse Autobiography, review of Leila, Fatima Moallim at Växjö Konsthall, Växjö (SE), 16 April–22 May 2021. Kunstkritikk

Mudbound, review of New Grounds for Dutch Landscape, Lytle Shaw (OEI Editör, 2021). Kunstkritikk

G R G W R G R B R B R B W G W G R B B B B, reflections on Bernadette Mayer’s Studying Hunger Journals (Station Hill Press, 2011). Jacket2