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Welcome back to Something for the Week — your weekly selection of things to look at, read, listen to, and experience across the arts.

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Charleston Festival at Charleston, Firle

Charleston Festival, one of the UK’s longest-running literature festivals, returns for its 35th year with its most ambitious line-up yet. This year’s programme delivers unexpected conversations, genre-defying performances and new commissions, bringing together today’s leading voices in visual arts, literature, politics, music and more. Guests include Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham-Carter, Es Devlin, Gilbert & George, and more.

16–27 May 2024

Imperceptible Figure at Hot Wheels Athens, Athens

“In the absence of a superior image, which is arguably the effect of the body in representation, it becomes possible for other bodies to form. Bodies that don’t materialise per se. Bodies that come into being in the encounter only,” reflects curator Jesper List Thomsen. Exploring this line of thinking further, Hot Wheels Athens’ new show brings together works by Etel Adnan, Cerith Wyn Evans, Quinn Latimer, Ser Serpas, Cally Spooner, Marina Xenofontos, and more.

Until 22 June 2024

Martin Parr: Fashion Faux Parr at V&A, London

Martin Parr is known for his wry sense of humour and instantly recognisable style, bridging the divide between art and documentary. Join him in conversation with V&A curator Fiona Rogers for a discussion around Fashion Faux Parr, his first published collection of fashion photography. The new book features a number of previously unseen photos, showcasing the full breadth of Parr’s three decades in fashion. Tickets for the event have sold out but the talk can be viewed via live stream.

13 May 2024

Top Stories by Various Artists, edited by Anne Turyn

Photo: Good Press

Top Stories was a prose periodical published from 1978 to 1991 by the artist Anne Turyn in Buffalo and New York City, New York. Over the course of twenty-nine issues, it served as a pivotal platform for experimental fiction and art through single-artist issues and two anthologies. The entire run of Top Stories has now been collected and reproduced across two volumes — available here.

Hailing from New Delhi, India, Dayanita Singh is renowned for creating works that cross genres, experimenting with the boundaries of photography to expand perceptions of the medium. Ahead of her Frith Street Gallery show, in conversation with curator and writer David Campany, she will discuss the way she constructs an image, drawing on her ongoing interest in architecture and poetry to explore the possibilities of photography. Book here.

14 May 2024

New York gallery Jack Shainman presents blood compass, a solo exhibition of new work by American artist Diedrick Brackens. In these weavings, the artist maps an imagined place — visualising the internal mechanisms and symbols that animate his work while removing the anchor of direct narrative. The scenes depicted in each weaving exist out of time, suspended between a distant past and a world to come.

Until 1 June 2024

Feature image: © Dayanita Singh. Courtesy Steidl / Fondation Hasselblad

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