Matthew Rana

Matthew Rana (1981/US) is the author of Ardour: Poems from the Daud (Nion Editions, 2022). His writing has appeared in e-flux Criticism, Jacket2, OEI, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among others, and he is a regular contributor to Kunstkritikk and Frieze. Currently a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, he lives and works in Stockholm.


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14-19 June 2024: Across the Waters: XXIX International James Joyce Symposium, University of Glasgow (UK)


Ardour: Poems from the Daud (Nion Editions, 2022)


World of Yum-Yum: On Studying Hunger, The Poetry Project Newsletter, No.272

Poetry’s best-kept secret – in conversation with Matthew Rana on the cinematic work of poet Bernadette Mayer, Metropolis M

The Cinema of Bernadette Mayer, Symposium of the Network for New York School Studies, 20 April 2022, Université Gustave Eiffel (Paris, FR)

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

From Memory to Reproduction: The Cinema of Bernadette Mayer, NICA Institute (NL)


If Wishes Were Horses, review of Crybaby, Josefin Arnell at Index, Stockholm. Kunstkritikk

24 February 2024: Reading and conversation with Wendy Lotterman, Nord Books, Stockholm (SE)

22 February 2024: Reading and conversation with Wendy Lotterman, Anti, Malmö (SE)

Shitty Feelings, review of Inside Out, Trude Viken at Belenius, Stockholm. Kunstkritikk

Hon klär av kropparna deras mänskliga drag, review of Viljan att leva, Fatima Moallim at Konstakadamien, Stockholm. Svenska Dagbladet

22 December 2023: Maratonläsning av Bernadette Mayers Midvinterdag, Hägerstensåsens medborgarhus, Stockholm (SE)

Feminismens misslyckande är hennes triumf, review of Bodies and Antibodies, Index, Stockholm. Svenska Dagbladet

Annika Larsson's Appetite for Disaster and Destruction, review of STRANGE POWERS, Annika Larsson at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm. Frieze

Det enda som fattas är neon, review of häremellan rummen, Marabouparken, Stockholm. Svenska Dagbladet

9 September 2023: Poesimässan, Stockholm (SE)

9 June 2023: Bernadette Mayer Round Table, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)

8 June 2023: this poem's got no parents, Perdu, Amsterdam (NL)

Un-Settling Art Criticism, interview with David Garneau. Kunstkritikk

In the Wait, review of Becoming, Tarik Kiswanson at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (SE), 26 April 2023–18 June 2023. Kunstkritikk

29 April 2023: Ardour: Poems from the Daud, Anti, Malmö (SE)

Hate the Game, review of Somalitown, Salad Hilowle at Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm (SE), 30 March 2023–6 May 2023. Kunstkritikk

21 March 2023: Chateaux Presents: Matthew Rana & Nion Editions, Fabelbar, Stockholm (SE)

Dance Revolution? review of Portrait of a Movement, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, curated by Övül Durmuşoğlu for Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (SE), 18 March 2023–20 August 2023. Kunstkritikk

Forget Rilke, review of Third Eye Butterfly, curated by Cathrin Mayer for Mint, Stockholm (SE), 1 December 2022–18 February 2023. Kunstkritikk

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

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

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

Bad Contemporaneity, interview with Sianne Ngai. Kunstkritikk