Posts By: Andrea Kurland

The dark, gritty underbelly of the post-Soviet east


Petr Barabakaa found his first camera – a battered Kiev 19 SLR – in a skip. Ever since then, the Russian photographer has been making the streets his prime subject. Inheriting the visual vocabulary of USSR, his images burn with stark visual wit: Putin is parked next to Christ, kids point guns and skateboards slide… Read more »

A nomadic photographer’s search for ‘home’


I’ve lost count of the amount of times I used to zone out, staring at the ocean through someone else’s window, yearning for something that I knew I needed in my life. Anytime I’d step foot inside a nice flat, my mind would wander off. The more I travelled, the more apparent it became: I… Read more »

Fast food and fist fights: capturing teenage life in Ukraine

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Vodka, fights, fast food, and skinny dipping – Nazar Furyk’s stark shots of life in Ukraine are, despite the war-torn location, all-too-familiar. The Kolomyia-born photographer has been capturing his hometown for years, taking pictures of the locals and landscapes for as long as he can remember. “Life here is like bipolar disorder; everything is great, everything… Read more »

Sylvia Plath’s visual art is celebrated in new exhibition

Triple-Face Portrait by Sylvia Plath. Courtesy The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, © Estate of Sylvia Plath

A new exhibition showcasing Sylvia Plath’s secret art collection has opened in Washington D.C’s Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.  The show, titled One Life, offers an insight into the Pulitzer-prize winning poet’s complex creative life – celebrating, for the first time, her natural gift for visual art and imagery. Plath is most famous for her boundary-breaking literary… Read more »

Exploring the strange, secretive lives of England’s adult babies

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How much do you really know about adult babies? The sexual fetish – otherwise known as paraphilic infantilism – is probably one of the most maligned and marginalised in existence. Participants, in an effort to get turned on sexually, wear adult-sized nappies, shit themselves, and co-opt cooing, baby speak. Even for the carnally adventurous, it’s a lot…. Read more »

Celebrating the women of skateboarding, in photos


Copenhagen is a skate friendly city at the best of times, but for five days every July the Copenhagen Open rolls through. Hosting the world’s best pros and a heap of core skateboarders who make the trek, it’s an open, fluid and organic street skate event. This year, down a quiet street, the Vess Gallery played… Read more »

Why this artist is making the longest film in history


Anders Weberg is tired of filmmaking. So tired, in fact, that on the 31st December 2020 he will give up the medium altogether – marking his retirement with one final, life-altering project. His swan song, known as Ambiancé, will be an attempt to break the record for the longest film ever made, with Weberg aiming for… Read more »

In the ring with London’s feminist punk-rock wrestlers

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It’s a sweltering summer’s afternoon in east London’s Bethnal Green – and it’s about to get even sweatier.  A sharp left down a narrow alleyway reveals my final destination, albeit an unlikely one. A floral pink banner, gaffer-taped to a graffitied blue door, marks the spot. The black lettering spells out a cryptic clue for… Read more »

The opera shining a spotlight on Trump’s travel ban

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British-Iranian composer Soosan Lolavar was preparing to return to Pittsburgh where she had been studying at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, when President Trump’s travel ban first kicked in. “I was shocked, scared, worried for my friends and family, and deeply concerned about what might come after a policy like this,” she remembers. Fortunately, her dual… Read more »