Posts By: Andrea Kurland

We need to stop celebrating rappers who abuse women

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In the world of specialist radio, a lot of time is spent deciding what is and isn’t suitable to be broadcast. As it gets later, and the music gets deeper, the rules become more lenient and deciding whether lyrics are appropriate or acceptable becomes something of a judgement call. It’s no secret that anything that… Read more »

Shooting the strange, uncanny death rituals of the Torajans

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In South Sulawesi, Indonesia, the Torajan people “live to die.” Mummified corpses, preserved with Formalin, are kept in the family home for years or even decades after death. Until a funeral – a multi-day event that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars with dozens of buffalo and hundreds of pigs being slaughtered – can… Read more »

The everyday idiosyncrasies of Berlin’s streets

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Hanko Ye likes seeing the unseen. It’s these kind of moments – the minor, everyday, inconsequential – that the Berlin-based photographer finds most interesting. Armed with his camera, you’ll find him navigating the streets of the German capital, shooting scenes and interactions that most of us would deem trivial. Whether it’s a glancing smile on… Read more »

Capturing the forgotten communities of east London

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East London has changed immeasurably over the last decade. Once neglected, it’s now one of the capital’s most desirable pockets; transforming itself from a high-risk crime zone (remember when Clapton road was ‘murder mile’?) to a thriving hub of pop-up boutiques and overpriced coffee shops. As is typically the way with inner-city gentrification, there are… Read more »

The radical art of Shangri-La is coming to London

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For those familiar with the effervescent early hours of Glastonbury, Shangri-La is very much an old friend. Situated right in the heart of the festival’s famed ‘naughty corner’, the area has operated as a garish hub of art, activism, performance and party since it was first introduced in 2009, bursting into life when the sun… Read more »

Inside Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ biggest ever shows

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Sitting in a Nottingham hotel bar sipping a gin and tonic with a suit so crisp and pristine it sparkles almost as brightly as his polished shoes, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Jim Sclavunos cuts a different figure to the one on stage hours later: suit jacket removed, sleeves rolled up and droplets of… Read more »

The mundane real lives of Mexico’s star wrestlers

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As many others before me, my strange fascination with Lucha libre began once I moved to Mexico. The first time I attended a match, I wasn’t sold. It just seemed like a bunch of big masked guys pretending to fight. But as soon as the lights went on, the mixture of the costumes, showmanship, acrobatics and atmosphere… Read more »

Seven sleepless days in Moscow’s squats

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Jon Cuadros has always been fascinated by the idea of Russia. For the Columbian-American photographer, the country represented a great unknown; a distant, otherworldly place, veiled by a mythology that preceded it. Naturally, when a friend – originally from Kazan – invited him to stay with her in Moscow, he jumped at the opportunity to… Read more »

Lockwood51: The bold brand making queer-friendly skate wear

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The founder of Lockwood51 – LA’s first ever queer skate wear brand – prefers to stay anonymous. Given the homophobia they experienced growing up, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. “I feel like I wasted a big part of my life suffering from some sort of shame,” the designer tells Huck. “I never… Read more »

Ethereal electronica: Carmen Villain shares her top tracks

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Carmen Villain’s first album, the 2013-released Sleeper, was an elusive record. Characterised by its woozy vocals and fuzzy guitars, her frustration – lurking just beneath the surface – was fraught and palpable. The half-Norwegian, half-Mexican singer even noted that the album was dedicated to “indifference”, or feeling as if you’re in a “kind of emptiness.” Her latest record, Infinite Avenue,… Read more »

The Travel Diary: Dreamy days in Bangladesh

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Arriving in Asia for the first time is like a loud punch to the face. Your senses are disoriented, and once you step into a taxi your adrenaline is flowing. You quickly establish that whoever is fastest and loudest wins. It’s like Battle Royale – but instead of kids in school uniforms, it’s Indian men in… Read more »

Life in the shadow of South Africa’s gold mines

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‘Egoli’, the Zulu name for Johannesburg, translates as ‘Place of Gold’. The city – South Africa’s largest – was founded in 1886 upon the discovery of multiple outcrops on stretches of farmland, prompting a mighty gold rush as would-be prospectors arrived in the country in their droves upon whispers of a modern day El Dorado…. Read more »