Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Ed Templeton explores the evolution of the Mohawk


In his new book, Hairdos of Defiance, cult photographer Ed Templeton pays tribute to the Mohawk. The publication, which is packed full of images and an accompanying essay, examines the history of the iconic punk hairstyle – from its indigenous origins to its emergence as a punk symbol, to its eventual co-option by the mainstream…. Read more »

The Tories are playing a dangerous game with Russia


It’s difficult to pinpoint precisely when the political news cycle slipped from a broadly stable drama to an outlandish melding of farcical comedy and sheer horror: perhaps with the advent of the rumours about David Cameron’s carnal history with a decapitated pig. The news carnival was firmly embedded in 2016, as the media and most… Read more »

U.S. students stage nationwide walkout over gun violence


This week, thousands of students across the U.S. walked out of their classrooms in a nationwide protest against gun violence. The demonstration, which took place yesterday (Wednesday March 14), was an impassioned response to the recent mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school – now the deadliest high school shooting in the country’s history…. Read more »

Coming of age in the Irish Traveller community


British photographer Perry Ogden has spent much of his career documenting the forgotten faces of Ireland’s Traveller communities. In 1999, he released the critically acclaimed Pony Kids – a book of black and white portraits examining poverty-stricken teenagers and their pet horses in Dublin. This was followed by an award-winning documentary called Pavee Lackeen (The Traveller Girl) – directed… Read more »

English lessons aren’t enough to fix our fractured society


Sajid Javid has said he wants to spend £50m in order to fund courses to help immigrants learn English. He says that this measure will help boost integration and bring to an end the marginalisation of women in immigrant communities. Superficially, the funding and aims seem like a broadly positive step – a rare occurrence… Read more »

An unsettling visual trip through Namibia’s past

The Shape of Memory, Wlotzkasbaken, Namibia (2012)

The Herero Wars of 1904–1908 are considered by many to be the first genocide of the 20th century. During the “Scramble of Africa,” imperialist powers in Germany descended upon present-day Namibia in southwest Africa in 1884. Two decades later, when the Herero people rose in revolt, General Lothar von Trotha issued an extermination order to… Read more »

What’s next for the Afrofuturist movement?


With its uncompromising vision of an empowered, technologically advanced African country, Black Panther has thrust Afrofuturism into the limelight. The Marvel epic is directed by Ryan Coogler, an African-American, and features a talented black-majority cast playing multi-dimensional, non-stereotypical characters. Its huge popularity with fans and critics alike propelled the film to the top of box… Read more »

Melancholy mood: Jordan Hunt finds beauty in the blues


For our latest Monday Mix, we join forces with Jordan Hunt – the classically trained composer creating his very own brand of symphonic “sad-boy pop.” The London multi-instrumentalist is gearing up to release his first ever solo EP Long Lost this week – a move that has been a long time coming. For years, he has been building… Read more »

The uncertain future of Sri Lanka’s last fishermen


“The sea is a beautiful gamble, to fully grasp it’s might you need patience, resilience, and luck,” explains Amila, a local fisherman from Tangalle, Sri Lanka. “You need to respect it and play by her rules, she’s in unpredictable control in the end.” Formerly one of Sri Lanka’s thriving fishing towns, the fishermen of Tangalle are at… Read more »