documenta 14, April 8–September 17, 2017, in Athens, Kassel, and beyond, has reached more people than ever before

documenta 14 is not owned by anyone in particular. It is shared among its visitors and artists, readers and writers, as well as all those whose work made it happen.


Iver Jåks (1932–2007)

When Iver Jåks first saw the light of day on a mountain near the village of Karasjok in Northern Norway in 1932, the Sámi did not have a word for “art.” Life, art, and craft were the same; the word…


Algirdas Šeškus

Algirdas Šeškus found photography in 1975 when he learned that he would need to bring ten photographs to a job interview for the position of cameraman at the only television channel in Soviet Lithuania…


Lost and Found

by Susan Hiller







(recently extinct)
Andaman Islands, India
Speaker: Boa Sr, the last speaker of Bo (1925–2010)
Recorded by: Anvita Abbi, 2005–10
Source: Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN


South Issue #9 [documenta 14 #4]

From Postporn to Ecosex: An Art, Love, and Activism Journey

by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens

Ex-porn star and artist Annie Sprinkle and professor, sculptor, and video artist Beth Stephens fell in love at the beginning of the century. Their relationship triggered an artistic collaboration that…

New York
New York

The documenta 14 Reader

The main book of documenta 14 takes the form of a Reader, evoking the various meanings associated with the term…


Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)—Pireos Street (“Nikos Kessanlis” Exhibition Hall)

Above the entrance of the Athens School of Fine Arts on Pireos Street we find the popular Greek slogan Ένας στο Χώμα χιλιάδες στον Αγώνα (One in the soil, thousands on the battlefield)…



The Bengal Famine 1943–44 wrecked over three million lives across undivided India during the Second World War while its colonized subjects supported the Western war effort leading to a diversion of food…

Historical Positions

Kunsthochschule Kassel

Idyllically sited in Kassel’s Auepark, the Kunsthochschule is housed inside a marvel of late modernist architecture designed by Paul Friedrich Posenenske in the 1960s. For some time, the art school has…


Keimena #40: An Opera of the World

by Manthia Diawara

In An Opera of the World, Malian filmmaker Manthia Diawara uses opera to reflect upon the migration of people and culture, mainly between Europe and Africa…

Public TV

Cemetery for the Ashes of Thought

by Andreas Angelidakis

John Hejduk spent his life developing a set of characters. The stories they inhabited are the elaborate architectural drawings he called Masques, after the sixteenth-century European tradition of masked…

South Issue #7 [documenta 14 #2]

Rebuilding the Idea of a Global Left

with Naeem Mohaiemen, Vijay Prashad, Zonayed Saki, and Samia Zennadi

This four-evening seminar started from the desire to unpack some of the forgotten languages, broken dreams, and uncanny hopes that appear in Naeem Mohaiemen’s film for documenta 14 Kassel, Two Meetings…


Material Matters Library

The “Material Matters” library is a collection of objects and sounds that have been entrusted to aneducation by documenta 14 artists…

Public Education

A United Front Against the Debt

by Thomas Sankara

The case of AKP, an eighty-year-old Polish immigrant in England described by neuropsychologist Chris Moulin et al. in a 2005 paper in the journal Neuropsychologia, is one of many prominent examples of…

South Issue #6 [documenta 14 #1]