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Side Magazine #6 - Portrait of a Coalman

Side Magazine #6 - Portrait of a Coalman

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The sixth edition of Side Magazine gives honour to the Coalman and bids farewell to his master, King Coal. Like a magnificent funeral, this issue celebrates the treasures this dark material brought forth in the name of progress, gives thanks for the comfort it provided and remembers the sufferings endured for its sake. Charles-François Mathis discusses the two historical bodies of King Coal—its physical form and symbolic capital, while Jean-Luc Nivaggioni situates the experience of the miners in 1984, as they were striking for their right to exist, alongside the LGBT groups who came to support them. Continuing our series of individual painting analyses, Isolde Pludermacher digs into Gustave Courbet's A Burial at Ornans (1849). In the spirit of honouring the Victorian era, Richard H. Horne's series The True Story of A Coal Fire is reprinted in its original form, which was edited by Charles Dickens. Denis Herlin sings to the sweet tunes of Claude Debussy's last composition, Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon ("Evenings Lit by the Burning Coals," 1917) and Professor Irena Bukowska-Florenska explores the tradition of coal being used by Polish miners as a material for sculpture. Finally, Gabbi Cattani writes an elegy to all of the dead organisms that gave rise to coal.

Side Magazine is released in the run up to the opening of Bergen Assembly 2022, each dedicated to one of seven enigmatic characters. These characters will lend their names to seven exhibitions from September 8th to November 6th, 2022. A special eighth issue also will be published.

Editor: Saâdane Afif, Yasmine d'O

Contributors: Anna Auch, Yasmine d'O., Charles-François Mathis, Isolde Pludermacher, Richard H. Horne, Denis Herlin, Irena Bukowska-Floreńska, Gabbi Cattani

Pages: 104

Year: 2020

Language: EN

Subject: History and Politics

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