Journal of Art and Thought


Atlántica. Journal of Art and Thought is a publication of the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, CAAM, Las Palmas, Canary Islands. Its first print number was issued in October 1990, in Spanish only. In 1992, when Antonio Zaya became its Director/Executive Editor, the journal became bilingual (Spanish and English), and aligned itself with the concept of “tri-continentality” (Africa, Europe, and the Americas), which was the foundational principle of CAAM. In that vein, and in order to advance revisions and new ideas concerning colonial history and diaspora, the journal embraced post-colonial thinking and emphasized the artistic production of the so-called peripheries.

Since then, and throughout minor changes in its managing team and design, Atlántica has maintained an interdisciplinary profile, giving priority to philosophy, cultural criticism, and politics within the contexts of art practices and discourses. Through critical essays, conversations, and artists’ projects, the journal advocates a way of thinking that derives from multiple sources. These sources do not constitute a system, because Atlántica is continually in the process of being created and constructed as it pushes forward and revises and contrasts its own standing.

Atlántica primarily addresses and gives voice to experts in contemporary arts and culture. It works in order to open up our cultural horizons, by hosting artists’ ideas and theoretical observations across continents. Among those who have collaborated in its pages are writers, magazine directors, curators, cultural critics, art critics, artists, philosophers, and architects, including Arístides Antonas, Benjamin Weil, Anders Michelsen, Charles Merewether, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Okwui Enwezor, Mark Nash, Ute Meta Bauer, Simon Njami, Olu Oguibe, Alexander Kluge, Raqs Media Collective, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Salah Hassan, Fierce Pussy, Hou Hanru, Coco Fusco, Francesco Bonami, Slavoj Žižek, Sami Nair, T.J. Demos, Miguel A. López, José Falconi, Ery Camara, Rosa Martínez, Arthur C. Danto, Carmela García, Clara Muñoz, Warren Neidich, Sadie Plant, Doris Sommer, Luis Camnitzer, Pablo León de la Barra, Jenny Perlin, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Julie Mehretu, Román Gubern, Adrian Notz, Latitudes, Ana Tiscornia, Knut Åsdam, Alvin Baltrop, Alfredo Jaar, María Inés Rodríguez, Kader Attia, Anthony Gardner, Kobena Mercer, Fulya Erdemci, Zoé Vizcaíno, Lucrezia Cippitelli, Mathieu Copeland, Elena Bajo, Miki Kratsman, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Carlos Motta, Idith Zertal, Martin Manen, Pablo Helguera, Alexander Apóstol, Antonio Vega Macotela, Monika Bravo, Ernesto Castro, Lorraine O’Grady, Peio Aguirre, Suset Sánchez, John Akomfrah, Kurt Hollander, C.S. Leigh, John A. Riley, Nuria Güell, Monika Szewczyk, Tania Bruguera, Fabio Cypriano, Jac Leirner, Juan Gaitán, Moacir Dos Anjos, Christian Viveros-Fauné, Bruno Leitão, Agar Ledo, Jo Ractliffe, and Liliana Porter.

In 2007, following the death of Antonio Zaya, Octavio Zaya, who had served as the journal’s associate editor from its inception, and as co-director since 2000, assumed the directorship. Since then, Atlántica has begun to consider a trajectory along which the journal not only embraces the reality of the new cultural, political, and social cartographies that acknowledge the central role of artistic expressions in Asia and the Middle East, but also serves as a space for reflection, highlighting the importance of the collective imagination and of social and political conflicts in the processes that create contemporary discourses.  Toward this end, in the era now dawning with Atlántica Online, the journal seeks to continue developing and unfolding the questions and conditions that lie at the center of that reality and of the culture in crisis, and that distinguish and inform our contemporaneity.