Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Radical art show exploring sex and gender opens in New York

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A major new exhibition exploring gender’s place in contemporary culture is opening at New York’s New Museum this week. The show, titled Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, celebrates radical artists who are looking beyond the binary and adopting “more fluid and inclusive expressions” of identity. More than 40 artists working across film, video, performance,… Read more »

Revelling in nature with Europe’s naked hikers

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For the last few years, Roshan Adhihetty has been travelling across Europe with a group of naked men and women. Hoping to capture a little-seen side of a little-known world, the Swiss photographer joined the hikers’ journey as an observer, following them through the verdant pastures of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The project eventually turned… Read more »

Coming of age in Paris as a young black woman

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First Generation is a project about post-immigration identity. Between 1975 and 1980, there was a high level of family reunification immigration from Africa to France. The first generation of women born in France from this wave are now coming of age, and they’re the ones who I wanted to set out and capture. I started this project… Read more »

Dolls, women and protest: Why we still need feminist art

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Pictures of women exist everywhere. In art galleries, public phone booths, Instagram feeds, pornographic websites, fashion blogs, magazines and advertisements on buses – the exposure of women’s bodies dominates some of the world’s most visible and highest-grossing industries. This has made understanding images of women’s bodies confusing. Who are more important – the women in… Read more »

The Palestinian director who earned a fatwa for her first film

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When Maysaloun Hamoud first heard about her fatwa, she was shaken. The religious ruling – widely seen as a formalised “death sentence” – seemed like an extreme reaction for a woman who’d just released a Palestinian comedy. “It was pathetic,” the director says, remembering the moment she heard the news. “I wasn’t afraid, but I felt… Read more »

How Latif Al Ani captured the ‘golden age’ of Iraq

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Skyscrapers and palm trees, fur coats and lingerie – Latif Al Ani’s iconic shots of Iraq are worlds away from the country’s modern-day associations. The photographer, who is originally Baghdad, spent decades capturing the region; building a series of unique black and white memories from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. “There were hardly any photographers in… Read more »

The Danish artisan behind the world’s most unique bicycles

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“I don’t know what perfection is. But it is something to strive for. And it means everything to me.” Rasmus Gjesing is the proprietor and perfectionist-in-chief of Cykelmageren — which translates in a typically Danish straightforward manner as ‘bike builder’. There is an air of elfin melancholy about Rasmus, who has spent a life honing… Read more »

Hypepeace: The cult brand making streetwear political

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When the activist-minded fashion brand Hypepeace launched a year ago, its founders – known only as J & M – questioned how much attention the average hypebeast gave to issues of social and political justice. Hypepeace’s goal was to highlight social injustice and raise funds for charities and NGOs through eye-catching parody designs, and their… Read more »