Matthew Rana

Matthew Rana (b.1981/US) is a writer and researcher living in Malmö (SE). His critical writing has appeared in Art-Agenda, Camera Austria, OEI, and Frieze, among others, and he is a contributing editor to Kunstkritikk International. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Theory of the Square (Torpedo Press, 2014) and The Essayist (Beta Local, 2014), as well as a collection, Holiday Poems (Varv Varv, 2015). His work has been presented internationally at venues including CNEAI (FR), CAC Vilnius (LT), Sharjah Art Gallery (EG), SITAC Symposium for Contemporary Art Theory (MX), and Audiatur Festival for New Poetry (NO). His current project, "From Social Memory to Social Reproduction: The Expanded Cinema of Bernadette Mayer," reimagines American poet Bernadette Mayer's time-structured works from the 1970s in relation to media materialities and problems surrounding the exchange, storage, and transmission of information.


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An Imagination Battle, report on Migration Symposium, curated by Maria Lind, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö (SE), 24 January 2020. Kunstkritikk

Painting in a Time of Global Warming, review of Ghosts From the Future, Filled With Memories of Past, Merike Estna at Moderna Museet, Malmö (SE), 26 October 2019–26 January 2020. Kunstkritikk

The Limits of Friendship, review of Our Friend, Valerie Solanas, Ellen Cantor, Chiara Fumai, Pauline Oliveros, and Carole Roussopoulos & Delphine Seyrig at Signal Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (SE), 20 September–15 December 2019. Kunstkritikk

When Everything Is Poetry, Nothing Is, review of Practicing Poetry, Ane Hjort Guttu at Virserum Konsthall (SE), 8 September–6 October 2019. Kunstkritikk

>>28 September 2019: In conversation with Christine Antaya and Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, Inter Arts Center, Malmö (SE)

Riding Out Trends, review of the group show Three Moral Tales, Ana Jotta, Anne-Mie Van Kerkhoven, Joëlle de La Cassinère at Malmö Konsthall (SE), 15 June–25 August 2019. Kunstkritikk

Pop-Up Screw-Up, commentary on the group show Malmö Sessions, Ystadsvägen 22, Malmö (SE), 18 May–16 June 2019. Kunstkritikk

>>20 March 2019: How to Kill Darlings, with Bengt Adlers and Karolina Erlingsson, Moderna Museet Malmö (SE)

The Cult of Speed, review of Speed II, James Richards and Leslie Thornton at Malmö Konsthall (SE), 16 March–26 May 2019. Kunstkritikk

>>7 February 2019: Art Criticism in a New Public Sphere, with Frida Sandström and Josefine Wikström, Folk och Kultur (Eskilstuna, SE)

Opacity at the Bottom of the Mirror, review of History in Stitches, Britta Marakatt-Labba at Lund's Konsthall (SE), 17 November–13 January 2019. Kunstkritikk

A Taste of Heaven, review of Heaven on Earth, T.J. Clark (Thames & Hudson, 2018). Kunstkritikk

>>23 December 2018: Midwinter Day, with Ida Börjel, Jennifer Hayashida, and Steven Zultanski, Anti (Malmö, SE)

What Is it Like to Be What You Are Not? Rosemarie Trockel's Diverse Practice, review of The Same Different, Rosemarie Trockel, Moderna Museet Malmö (SE), 29 September 2018–10 March 2019. Frieze

Primavera (Staff Party), Destiny's Atelier (Oslo, NO), 16–18 November, 2018.