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Looking Back

The best films, books and shows focusing on representations of gay life in 2017

By Matthew McLean

A year of protest and performance in Los Angeles

By Hedi El Kholti

Berlin-based DJ and producer M.E.S.H. (James Whipple) on the books, events and music that made his year

By M.E.S.H.

Melissa Gronlund on the best of a bad year: from activists in Jakarta, images of Mecca and labour negotiations in the UAE

By Melissa Gronlund

In a year marked by natural disasters, some of the best exhibitions in Latin America were attempts to make sense of the environment

By Magalí Arriola

From Anthropocenic doom in Cecilia Alemani’s Italian Pavilion in Venice to Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in a Room at d14

By Barbara Casavecchia

Raqs Media Collective on their 2017, from a séance with an 18th century automaton-tiger to imagined conversations with Édouard Glissant

By Raqs Media Collective

Contributing editor Max Andrews looks back on 2017, from turbulence in the Catalan capital to Pierre Huyghe’s masterwork in Münster

By Max Andrews

Artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan on the pivotal sounds and stories from 2017, from historical fiction to Vince Staples’s representation of race

By Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Where the fight against reactionary conservative activism in Brazil stands ahead of the 2018 presidential elections

By Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Michelle Sommer

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

By Wes Hill

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

By Vivian Sky Rehberg