FictionMarch 2017 Issue 21
Is writing any less of a creative exercise than art making? Or does the creative in writing reside only in its fiction? Art writers have for long woven entire characters, histories and narratives around a single line. They have woven stories too. But unlike social and political commentary in fiction vis-à-vis allegory, ficto-criticism has been an underrated, under-practiced art form.
This issue looks at the role of fiction in art criticism from several points of entry. It is, as several of our issues have been, an homage to art criticism, by emphasising that it requires the same kind of rigorous historicising that we allow art. It is also an experiment in publishing art writing that takes on a language comparable to that of art making, a narrative that is ostensibly an instance of creative practice, as it is with performance writing. We felt that it was important to allow space for writers (and in some cases, artists) within our pages to speculate on histories that could have been written.View Index Buy Now