This artist newspaper, edited by Asad Raza and Mathew Hale, accompanies a new work by Raza of the same name, which redirects the river through Portikus and invites the public to interact with and dip in the waters of the Main. Designed by Studio Pandan and co-published by X Artists' Books and Portikus, this newspaper includes contributions by Liberty Adrien, Arhun Aksakal, Sophia Al-Maria, Shane Anderson, Carina Bukuts, Keren Cytter, Manthia Diawara, Emily Dickinson, Dan Graham, Rufus Hale, Catalina Imizcoz, Prem Krishnamurthy, Wolfram Lotz, Adéla Soucková, Joe Stahlmann, Elsa Stanyer, Bones Tan Jones, and more.
Asad Raza (b. 1974 in Buffalo, US) rejects disciplinary boundaries in his work, which conceives of art as a metabolic, active experience. Using actions and processes such as soil-making, tennis, and horticulture, his projects create encounters within and beyond the exhibition. His works have been realized by institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art (2017), the Lahore Biennale (2018), Kaldor Public Art Projects (2019), Gropius Bau (2020), the Serpentine Galleries (2020), Urbane Kunst Ruhr (2021), West Den Haag (2022), Grand Union (2021–2023) and the Front Triennial (2022).
Mathew Hale is an artist, writer and curator based in Los Angeles and Berlin. Over the past ten years he has presented solo exhibitions in Berlin, Los Angeles, Paris, Mexico City, New York, Kitakyushu, San Francisco and Melbourne. Hale contributed the essay, Julie Mehretu: The Origin of the Work (On Two New Paintings) to Julie Mehretu, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2019.
Studio Pandan is a Berlin-based design studio with a flair for detail and an imaginative outlook. Since forming in 2015, typography has been their regular tool of choice, which they wield with wit, criticality, and spark.