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The New Dis-Normal

SADIQUA IMAN, Momentum of the Muse: if Alice . . . , 2021, still from video documentation of live performance: 12 min 50 sec. Courtesy the artist; On the Boards; Frye Art Museum, Seattle; and Anastacia-Reneé.

Recently in Seattle “normal life” has become a thing again. After losing its unspoken authority and drifting into the realm of signification, it is now something urgent to remember and authentically re-enact. The city’s commercial life resembles itself once more, with storefronts—boarded up in the midst of demonstrations and protests—uncovered and eager shoppers unmasked. By contrast…

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