Looking Back

From Brisbane to Melbourne, Hobart’s ‘Hobiennale’ and ‘The National’ in Sydney, the year in review down under

From debates around colonial histories to resonant conversations around precariousness, a year of questioning long-held convictions

A year marked by new visualizations, both controversial and celebrated, of the black body

With the recent razing of suburban slums, tightening censorship and the sad passing of Geng Jianyi, a year of reflection in the Chinese capital

Nicholas Mangan, Ancient Lights (detail), 2015, two-screen installation, solar panels, batteries, projectors powered by solar energy, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and Labor, Mexico

At once stagnant and dynamic, politically tense and blissfully buoyant, the French capital was a strange place to be living this year

From the exhibitions attempting to formulate ‘an acerbic language that speaks to our present epoch’, curator Samuel Leuenberger's highlights

Margaret Lee thanks those who have helped her gain a deeper understanding of how to be more empathetic in difficult times

From Hannah Black to Not Surprised, the changes demanded by today’s letter writers are still a long way from being assured

Anthea Hamilton, ‘Sorry I’m Late’, exhibition view at firstsite, Colchester, 2012

Some highlights from the year's exhibitions

Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch, Unique Sculptural Theatre, 2011, mixed media, shown at Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2012; photograph © Pierre Antoine

Some highlights

Lenka Clayton and Michael Crowe, Mysterious Letters, 2009–ongoing

Arts and letters

Rabih Mroué, from the series ‘Double Shooting’, shown as part of ‘The World’s Not Fair’, Tempelhofer Freiheit, Berlin, 2012

The unsettling installations of Rabih Mroué