“Something I’m still grappling with is to what extent fiction should be predictive, or should try and invoke a future,” says writer Elvia Wilk, on thinking speculatively in the present. “What the responsibility of fiction might be in an historical time when reality is increasingly constructed by mutual fictions.” Speaking with associate editor Jared Davis on fiction’s role in our political world-building and relationship to power for AQNB’s bi-monthly Artist Statement podcast, this latest episode with Wilk is available exclusively to subscribers of our Patreon.
Based in New York after years spent in Berlin, Wilk’s writing has appeared in the likes of frieze, Artforum, Mousse and the Los Angeles Review of Books to name a few. Her debut novel Oval was published in 2019 by Soft Skull Press, and she is a contributing editor at e-flux Journal. Wilk was a guest speaker for AQNB’s Paranormal Storytime event in February, and she reflects on this along with topics spanning futurist thinking, organising under lockdown and artworld cosmopolitanism.
Mutual Fictions is the latest in our Artist Statement podcast series, with past episodes featuring Jonnine Standish, Margaret Haines, Lawrence Lek, Legacy Russell and more. The full episode is accessible to our subscribers right now on Patreon. Sign up now: www.patreon.com/aqnb.**