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“A review, for me, has little to do with pretentious art criticism, as though critics are authorities who determine taste, status, and value. A review is an affirmation of accountability, of asserting that what we do, as an art community, matters.”

Publication: “Amin Alsaden on ‘Signals: How Video Transformed the World’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York,” Texte zur Kunst, no. 131 (September 2023): 86-90.


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