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Juni 2020

South Korea got talent: complex simplicity in Daily Mirror clothing line


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South Korea got talent: complex simplicity in Daily Mirror clothing line

It is no secret that Asia has contributed a lot to the world of fashion. With its rich cultural heritage, yet at times rebellious spirit, it brought us the most courageous and innovative designers who challenged the norm while pushing the boundaries of the shape, form, and texture.

South Korean brand Daily Mirror is exactly that: minimalist in color, yet bold and experimental in its designs. Seoul based designer Kim Ju Han founded the brand in 2014 took the “slow and steady wins the race” approach. From Day 1 the mission of Daily Mirror was not to get 15 minutes of fame by creating something viral, but rather building a long-lasting story that would resonate with people and would be there to stay.

Minimalist at a first glance, but very intricate and complex after a thorough inspection, Daily Mirror designs make you want to look at them. And keep looking. And look deeper into them, opening something new every time.

The latest collection of the brand keeps to this multi-faceted minimalism story. The name of the collection “Hide and seek” reflects that very relatable idea, as we all have something to hide and we all are seeking something. The models are hiding behind the hoods, layers, and oversized clothing, yet they are seeking attention with a punch of red or an innovative cut.

The collection features a very limited and primarily achromatic color scheme of black, grey, and white, with a few accents of beige and red. It is probably the colors of the night lights of Seoul that provide the main source of inspiration to Kim Ju Han, as he mentioned in one of his interviews.

One of the silhouettes that really catches the eye is the blazer. It is a statement piece. It is bold and oversized. It is there in several variations: in its pure form, as a part of a power suit, as well as deconstructed and reinvented.

The deconstructed forms of the blazer deserve being mentioned separately, as rethinking the staple items like that is an art. The art of attention to detail and precision in the cuts, folds and layering that makes Daily Mirror designs really stand out and lights up the desire to see more.

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On June 10 to 11, 2020, Global Talents Digital is taking place, the world’s first hybrid international online fashion-project, which will combine real designer collections along with the digital ones. Virtual and human models will present new fashion collections. Virtual Instagram celebrities will deliver their personal digital collections. 50 participants from 20 countries will show their collections and works in an unconventional format of video presentations, some of them using AR technology and digital avatars. Fashion will be complemented by animated visual art: 3D artists will create some digital works specially for Global Talents Digital. For two days all the streams can be followed at social networks and over 100 websites throughout the world.

Augmented Reality (AR) will become a part of the live stream: using smartphones, viewers will be able to move fashion looks to private bedrooms, for example. A digital artistic team from ЯZAT in collaboration with graphic designers Bayat Akerov, Viktoria Kobelkova, The Digital Mary, have made some digital versions of participating designers’ collections, which will be also available in AR.

“Global Talents Digital is an online version of the Global Talents project, launched by Russian Fashion Council to support cutting-edge brands throughout the world. Dozens of fashion talents from 10 countries debuted their catwalk collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in past seasons. The key feature of the new project is that it will bring together real and totally digital collections. Besides, Global Talents Digital lies beyond classic fashion seasons and covers many countries both thanks to the participants and the live streams: from the South Africa to Japan, from the USA to Australia. And the connection point is Moscow, Russia, where most of the Vol. 1 participants come from. We have been systematically supporting and promoting emerging talents for many years. The global lockdown situation prompted us to look for some new formats, and Global Talents Digital in June 2020 is going to be one of our experiments. It is a contribution to a vibrating world fashion scene, full of the great talents”, said Alexander Shumsky, President of Russian Fashion Council and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.

The list of participants includes the Peru-based brand ANNAISS YUCRA, which prepared a collaboration with a virtual model Ivaany from France. Another collaboration on the online event’s schedule is the joint presentation by the Be.Li.Ve. brand and Australian digital models from the Klubb Visuals Agency, Candice Klubb and Bambi. Kim Zulu, a virtual model from the South Africa (RSA), is going to deliver her debut personal digital collection. Aliona Pole (Russia), a well-known digital model (Russia) that has taken part in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia online in April, will present her collection, too.

During Global Talents Digital, both Russian and foreign designers will present their collections. The list of participants includes CHAPURIN, VARVARA ZENINA, into|into, Not for sale,, SAMSHIT, AMARIN jewelry, OLA OLA, BEINUNISON, DANIIL KOSTYSHIN, RABBITHOLE, BAYARTAEV, ophelica, GIDROPLAN, ALKHANASHVILI, Be.Li.Ve. (Russia / France), Sushchenko (Russia / Iceland), CHAIN, VANESA KRONGOLD (Argentina), JAKE LIU (Australia), Florentina Leitner (Austria / Belgium), FEMME DE MARS (Belgium), Juan de La Paz (Bolivia), GUIDO VERA (Chile), TOMMAZO Studio (Cyprus), Svoboda Ravenstvo Bratstvo (France), NS GAIA (India), VIVIANO (Japan), ANNAISS YUCRA (Peru), 13/7 (Poland), Också (Spain), AFTER WORK STUDIO, RAHEL GUIRAGOSSIAN (Switzerland), Anciela, LINUS LEONARDSSON (UK), Shell (USA).

8 artists have created their digital pieces specially for Global Talents Digital. During the online presentations, the audience will be demonstrated creations by Russian artists: Sub Sensus, who has worked with Travis Scott; Fernand Clarke, a motion designer and CG artist, who has supervised CG decorations production for a musical operetta at the Bolshoy Theater. Also VEL LY, who has worked with brands like Dior, GIVENCHY, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Lancôme, and Egor Golopolosov who has worked with Disney, Coca-Cola, Coach, will also share results of their work using innovative technologies. Moreover, the audience will see works by three German artists: Antoni Tudisco, a 3D artist and art director, who has collaborated with Nike, Versace and MTV; Marc Tudisco, a 3D artist and art director, who works with Nike, Reebok, Sprite and many other brands; and Timo Helgert, a digital artist and creative director, who has made a series of 3D videos “The Return of Nature”, in which he expressed his message of hope to everyone who suffered from the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, an Italian 3D artist Alexey Severin will present results of his collaboration with a French virtual model Serah Reikka. Alexey is currently working with the Recycle art group, their collaborative projects were presented at the Venice Biennale and Center Pompidou in Paris.

Designers will be supported by more than a hundred Russian and international media. Online presentations of new designer collections will be available for watching from anywhere in the world.

For reference: Global Talents Digital is a virtual version of Russian Fashion Council’s Global Talents project established to support emerging talents throughout the world and arranged with support of Fashion Fund. During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, the event took place twice in the physical format, where designers from Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK had a chance to present their debut shows at a large catwalk to the international audience.

Musical background at Global Talent Digital will be provided by DJ GROOVE.

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Art Digest: June 01—07

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: June 01—07

For the first time multimedia art has been placed into a museum, doctors and train drivers become the new fashion icons, Artsy plays tribute to queer love. What news does the first week of summer bring us?

A midwife, a supermarket assistant and a train driver are on the cover of Vogue UK

Vogue UK reveals the covers of the upcoming print edition. In July you are not going to see any celebrities embellishing the legendary fashion magazine. The three new faces of the edition are ‘ordinary’ women who have been working and thus assisting people at the time of COVID-19. Meet Narguis Horsford, who is a London overground train driver, Anisa Omar, a supermarket assistant, and Rachel Millar, a midwife. 

British fashion photographer Jamie Hawkesworth captured the characters while cycling across London in search of some interesting and meaningful stories. According to the editor of Vogue UK Edward Enninful, the values and reference points have shifted — today we look up at new heroes who are worth praising. Inside the magazine there is a 20-page section devoted to some professionals who have stayed active during the pandemic. Find the stories of doctors, epidemiologists, taxi drivers, teachers, volunteers, and many others in the pages of the July print issue.  

Banana Republic donated clothes worth €20 million to those in need

As part of the campaign Will Work for a Better Republic the famous fashion brand continues to support people through clothing. Banana Republic donated clothing at a cost of €20 million to the most impacted partner organizations, such as Hour Working Women Program (New York), Central City Neighborhood Partners (Los Angeles), Family Focus Englewood (Chicago) etc. The donation will be transferred to Americans who are in need, including the unemployed. The program is implemented in partnership with the apparel retailer Delivering Goods which is a division of Gap Inc.

World’s first new media art museum to open in Netherlands 

Nxt Museum is a Dutch privately funded ‘startup’ museum which focuses on new media art. Situated in the post-industrial creative district of Amsterdam-Noord, the museum is designed as a permanent space for multi-sensory experiments. The opening of the venue was scheduled for August 29, however, due to the current situation with the pandemic it might proceed on a reduced scale. 

The co-founders or the museum, its managing director Merel van Helsdingen, creative director Natasha Greenhalgh, and curator Bogomir Doringer are ready to share the nearest plans. The first exhibition at Nxt Shifting Proximities will comprise 7 room-seized works, including four new commissions. According to the co-founders, the museum’s program will focus in large part on education and research. The expected attendance is 120,000 annual visitors, the price for a single adult ticket will be €24,50.

‘Portrayal of Queer Love’ collection available on Artsy 

In honor of Pride Month Artsy decided to gather works on the topic by 14 artists belonging to LGBTQ+ community. The new collection ‘Portrayal of Queer Love’ available on Artsy displays painting, photography, mixed media installations by contemporary artists who challenge the dominants rooted in the social fabric, such as heteronormativity, predominance of the white race, masculinity, etc. Among the featured artists are Robert Mapplethorpe, Nan Goldin, David Hockney, Isaac Julien as well as some their contemporary successors (explore all the participants on the website). The curator of the collection is Gemma Rolls-Bentley, Artsy’s curatorial director.

Pride Month is an annual celebration of LGBTQ+ community and its’ impact acknowledged by UK, US, and many European countries. The celebration is held during the month of June and consists of different events, the most popular of which is a colourful parade. Obviously, it wasn’t always like that. Since homosexuality was only excluded from the major list of diseases by WHO in the 90s, one can imagine what a hard time LGBT artists had before that period. Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, John Cage, and other artistic geniuses of the 50-60s did dissipate their non-traditional sexuality on art, but indirectly. Robert Mapplethorpe was the one to make bold statements about the contradictory nature of human sexuality in photography, while Andy Warhol started speaking of queerness freely in his experimental cinematic works & silkscreen prints. Today it’s useful to think of the walk done from cognitive rigidity and belligerence to greater tolerance. And works from ‘Portrayal of Queer Love’ are a worthy illustration for this. 

Iconic works by Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe & Michael Halsband at auction on June 11

Swann Galleries auction house famous for trading of rare print and manuscript works invites you to join the upcoming auction. The bidding takes place online on June 11, 2020 at 10:30 AM ET. The catalogue for the auction ‘Fine Photographs: Highlights by Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe & Michael Halsband’ is available for browsing via the website. Such living legends of fine art photography as V-J Day Kiss by Alfred Eisenstaedt, portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol, moving nudes by Frantisek Drtikol, and many more are on display (and for sale).

New York City-based auction house Swann Galleries has been specializing in antique and rare works on paper since 1941. Founded by Benjamin Swann as a family-owned firm, Swann Galleries has been operating continually over the course of 8 decades. Now it’s considered the oldest specialist auction house in New York, running more than 35 catalogued live auctions a year. Different departments within the company focus on books, photography, drawings, illustration art, African-American fine art, all of which turn into lots and are auctioned off from time to time. Quarantine made the auction house change its’ plans, but not abandon them. Recent auctions by Swann Galleries have been conducted remotely with an opportunity of online preview for bidders.

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Racism and police

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Racism and police violence

Creators who care: they repeat it again and again #blacklivesmatter
Last weekend marked the start of mass protests against racism and police brutality in Austin, USA. People demand justice for the murders of George Floyd, Michael Ramos, and many other people who have been killed through the fault of police brutality.

BlackLivesMatter protests are arousing people not only from the USA but from the whole planet. All social networks are filled with posts expressing anger, despair, and a call to protest against racism and police violence. Most of them are illustrated only with a black square but there is so much under it. Many artists have found the strength to create illustrations and to make documentary photos that are so necessary during the pandemic. Meet the works and their authors that have collected thousands of views and reposts in social media and visualized what is hidden under a simple black square.

Stormy Nesbit
Credits: Instagram account @_stormae

An illustrator and designer with roots in the Midwest. Her illustrations are dedicated to the strength and struggle of the Black communities living in America.

Patrick McAllister
Credits: Instagram account @i_ampatrick
A professional photographer living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“To Protect + Serve WHO?” None of us is free until all of us are free”.

Nikkolas Smith

Credits: Instagram account @nikkolas_smith
An artist based in Los Angeles, California.

“George Floyd’s life mattered. His killer, Derek Chauvin has just been arrested as he should’ve been days ago. Chauvin’s arrest is not justice, and his conviction will only be a fraction of justice. Black lives in this country are being destroyed by a virus of racism, fear, and hatred. It is up to everyone to take a stand and actively work to tear down this centuries-old pandemic. NOW. Art for @blklivesmatter #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorge #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd

Mark Clennon

Credits: Instagram account @mark.c
A photographer living in Harlem.

“Sometimes doing the most is necessary. stop looting our black lives”.


Credits: Instagram account @cbhoyo
A Europe-based artist.

“Your lack of action will make you an accomplice, stand up against injustice!! FUCK RACISM!! FUCK DISCRIMINATION!! 🖕🖕🖕”

Ray H. Mercado

Credits: Instagram account @raylivez
A self-taught photographer exploring New York City.

“No justice No peace”

Shirien Damra

Credits: Instagram account @shirien.creates
An illustrator based in Chicago.

“Yesterday, in yet another act of anti-black police violence causing mass outrage, George Floyd yelled “I can’t breathe” and pleaded for his life as a white Minneapolis police officer violently pinned him down with his knee on his neck. George died after. He was murdered in broad daylight. His death is reminiscent of the death of Eric Garner. Even with a crowd yelling at him to stop and while folks filmed the murder, the cop did it anyway, showing the massive injustice, zero accountability and white supremacy embedded in the “criminal justice” system. Heartbroken, angry and disgusted. This must end. Much love and solidarity to Black communities grieving another beautiful life lost. 

May George Floyd Rest in Power.

Text ‘Floyd’ to 55156 to demand the officers be charged with murder. You can also call Mayor Jacob Frey at (612)-673-2100, DA Mike Freeman at (612)-348-5550 and demand justice. #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd #icantbreathe #justiceforgeorgefloyd


Credits: Instagram account @billydeee
An artist based in New York City.

“My skin shouldn’t be my death sentence”.

Tori Press

Credits: Instagram account @revelatori
An artist based in Los Angeles, California.

“To my fellow white people: if you are sitting in judgment and condemnation of the protests going on in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, I urge you to look at and reflect on the many, many peaceful protests against systemic racism and police brutality that have gone on in recent years, and how they have been received. I urge you to do the uncomfortable thing by putting yourself in the hopelessly frustrated, righteously furious shoes of the people of color that have been demanding justice for centuries, of honestly examining how you might feel and respond in the same situation, of considering that sometimes a peaceful avenue to meaningful change does not exist. And if you want to see change, as you should, I urge you to do the difficult but critical, unavoidable work of exploring the ways you have benefited from and upheld a racist and unjust system…”

This is far from the end. 

If you are self-isolated but still want to support the protest, express your feelings via social media or donate to Black Lives Matter organization here. It was founded by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi in 2013 – right after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American teenager from Miami Gardens, Florida. Remember, love and support are the strongest weapons against racism.


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For the third consecutive day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., there have been protests after the situation with 46-year-old African-American George Floyd, who died while being detained by police on May 25 under suspicion of using a fake banknote. Witnesses captured the moment of his arrest. The tape shows a policeman kneeling Floyd on the ground, face down, and holding him for several minutes while he was in this position, despite the man’s words that he had nothing to breathe. Floyd blacked out and passed away in the hospital.

The following day, the staff were suspended and dismissed, but protesters are calling for their arrest. Each day, more and more actions against police violence are taking place under the traditional slogan „Black lives matter“. On the night of May 29, protesters burned down a police station and several shops and cafes in the neighborhood.

Due to these circumstances we would like to remember artists who talk about racism through their art, proving that art has no colour.  

Kerry James Marshall. Untitled (policeman). 2015. Synthetic polymer paint on PVC panel with plexi frame, 60 x 60″ (152.4 × 152.4 cm). Gift of Mimi Haas in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis

Kerry James Marshall’s work is rooted in African American history and contemporary life, and in his own experience as a black man in America. “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility,” he has said. He made Untitled (policeman) in response to the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of mostly white police officers. But the central figure of this painting, a policeman perched on the hood of his squad car, is black. Marshall’s anonymous officer complicates the issue of police shootings by reminding us of the many black people serving in the force. As the New York Times reports: “The deaths, the ensuing protests, and the fatal attacks on police officers in [response] have intensified the internal tug of war that black police officers endure, the daily duality of being black and serving in blue.” 

Faith Ringgold. American People Series #20: Die. 1967. Oil on canvas, two panels, 72 × 144″ (182.9 × 365.8 cm). Purchase; and gift of the Modern Women’s Fund. © 2018 Faith Ringgold/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Faith Ringgold made American People Series #20: Die in the late 1960s, when the United States was engulfed in race riots. Unsettled by the fact that the media was barely covering the riots, and inspired by Pablo Picasso’s powerful depiction of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War in his painting, Guernica (1937), she decided to use art to document her own troubled times. “One of the most difficult things that I ever painted in my life was this picture, because of the blood,” she recalled. “If [the media] did show a photograph…of any kind of riot, they never showed the blood…So I wanted to make sure that I put the blood in there, because I knew that blood meant death, and that’s what happened at those riots.” Across this large-scale painting, she depicts a frenzied spectacle of violence. Professionally dressed black and white men and women bloody each other with weapons and their own hands. Two children—a black girl and a white boy—cower underfoot, clinging to each other. With this scene, Ringgold addressed the fraught race relations of the 1960s and expressed her fear that racial violence would continue into the future. “So now what do we have…in 2016,” she asked. “It just goes on and on, the violence.”

Total black without punishment

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Total black without punishment

In defense of actions against racism, which is still raging in the 21st century, and at this moment in the USA, we want to say that every person on this planet is important. It would seem that it is simply absurd to talk about such obvious postulates in modern society. This is law and order. But it turned out that condemnation can hide even behind the backs of those who establish this order.

We support #blacklivesmatter and want to create our motto #mycolorismyproud, where we encourage readers to love themselves and share their love with others. We`ll be glad if you join us.

The taboos we break 

As a sign of mourning and protest, we dress in all-black and share BIPOC-Friendly Brands (Black, Indigenous, people of color) that stand for loyalty, humanity and respect for each of the races. Whether the police like it or not, we’re getting started.

First, apply the tone. For some reason, most white makeup manufacturers thought that African-American girls didn’t use makeup. We think this is due to the standards of “ white beauty”, as well as the desire of black girls to match it. There was still a need, but the market offered nothing. A black guy named Anthony Overton knew that a large segment of the market was not involved, so he opened the Overton Hygienic Manufacturing Kansas, 1898. Of course, when he introduced the „High-brown“ face powder it revolutionized the black population of America, Egypt and Liberia. The number of shades increased with increasing sales. There were 5 of them, but they were not stable.

Liquid textures appeared only after World War II in the 40s, when the formula for liquid stockings “ crawled” on the face. Of course, at first it was light colors or shades of tan. They didn’t fit black women, turning their skin gray. Yet most girls continued to bleach their skin using caustic chemicals that caused malignant dermatitis and even death.

The legend rises

Everything changed in the 50s with the opening of Jet and Ebony magazines by Johnson Publishing. Magazines showed the social life of the African-American community and in the 60s their publications began to use black models to advertise cosmetics. When CEO John H. Johnson and his wife Eunice W. Johnson noticed that it was very difficult to find suitable cosmetics for models, they launched their own Fashion Fair Cosmetics line in 1973.

Alas, after declaring bankruptcy in 2016, Johnson Publishing pulled out and took Fashion Fair Cosmetics with it. But hey, don’t be panic, girl, your nostalgia is meant to be returned! According to the Chicago Tribune, soon we will see the updated brand Fashion Fair, which at the end of 2019 was acquired by the former management of Johnson Publishing Desiree Rogers and Cheryl Mayberry McKissack for $1.85 million. The company will have to face high competition, for example, with Fenty Beauty, which has been in the top positions since 2017 thanks to a wide range of tonal products. But the chances increased when the new owners announced the purchase of Black Opal — a famous mass-market cosmetic line that won the hearts of millions of African-American women with its quality.

Fenty Beauty

In the fall of 2017, Fenty Beauty offered 40 shades of foundation with the slogan „Beauty for all“. Now the range has expanded to 50, of which 24 are intended for the women of color. The line was created by Rihanna for all women, regardless of skin tone, character, mentality, cultural or racial affiliation

There should be no difficulties in determining the appropriate shade, because each shade on the site has a subtone — cool/ warm/ neutral/ olive. However, Rihanna was ahead of the „Mother of makeup“ Pat McGrath.

Rihanna gives some tips on choosing and using the foundation on her website:

  • Always shake Pro Filt’r foundation before use to activate.
  • Pro Filt’r’s rich pigments need a moment to dry down to their truest color, so when you’re testing shades, remember to let the formula dry completely to find your perfect match.
  • Deciding between two shades? Try the lighter shade. For example, Rihanna use 340. She also wears 330, 360, or 370, depending on the time of year.

Fenty Beauty is 100% cruelty free.


Pat improved its ideal product formula for 25 years, until in 2015 she launched her own brand PAT Mc GRATH Labs, which now has 36 shades of foundation. On the site, selection is presented in 5 levels sorted by tone. Oh, this is so easy to navigate, thank you, Pat!

  • Light
  • Light Medium 
  • Medium
  • Medium Deep
  • Deep

The packaging is speechless! Just look at the combination of matte glass, gold embossing and metal — it’s an art work, don`t you agree?

PAT McGRATH Labs is 100% cruelty and oil free. Formulated without parabens, talc or fragrance.

Love the skin you wear, beautie!
We love you!

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Duration 1—31 October 2020 In more than 100 institutions citywide
Opening Thursday, 1 October 2020 Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin
EMOP Opening Days 2—4 October 2020 Akademie der Künste

The 9th edition of EMOP BerlinEuropean Month of Photography will take place from 1—31 October 2020. More than 100 Berlin museums, galleries, cultural institutions, embassies, alternative art spaces, project spaces, and photography schools will offer a wide range of exhibitions and events showcasing the beloved and celebrated medium in all its diversity. This year’s main theme is Europe — Identity, Crisis, Future. Further topics such as 30 years of German reunification and 100 years of Greater Berlin, as well as classical genres such as portrait, architectural, and fashion photography will also be represented.

Thanks to its decentralized program with numerous partner institutions and parallel exhibitions, EMOP Berlin can take place in autumn regardless of any possible restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Suitable measures regarding entrances and other hygiene requirements will be taken in response to the situation as needed.

In 2016 and 2018, the EMOP Opening Days were held at C/O Berlin Foundation in Amerika Haus to kick off the festival. This year, Kulturprojekte Berlin is working together with Akademie der Künste; the EMOP Opening Days will take place from 2—4 October at Pariser Platz. Under the main theme of Photography between Art, Politics, and Mass Media, an extensive program with internationally renowned photographers, curators, media experts, and journalists will be offered. Panel discussions, artist talks, discursive events, a film program, and guided tours of the exhibition by the photographers of OSTKREUZ will mark the beginning of this year’s Month of Photography.

At the end of March 2020, 110 projects were selected for participation by this year’s jury, consisting of Thomas Licek (former Managing Director of Eyes On, Vienna), Barbara Esch Marowski (Director, Haus am Kleistpark), Annette Hauschild (photographer, OSTKREUZ — Agentur der Fotografen), Dr. Susanne Holschbach (art and media scholar, lecturer, Neue Schule für Fotografie), and Dr. Christiane Stahl (Director, Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation). Excerpt from the Jury 2020 statement: “The 9th edition of the festival in Berlin will once again showcase photographic gems and offer an exciting and aesthetically sophisticated examination of photography that is sure to bring this multifaceted medium closer to thousands of visitors.”

As part of this year’s EMOP Berlin, Akademie der Künste will present CONTINENTIn Search of Europe, a group show of works by all 23 members of OSTKREUZ — Agentur der Fotografen, which will open to kick-off the festival on 1 October 2020. In 22 independent artistic positions developed for this project, the OSTKREUZ photographers explore various aspects of European coexistence, considering personal, social, and political phenomena as well as fundamental structures and historical developments. Their images of people and their surroundings offer access to complex issues, which range from identity and security, renationalization, migration, and integration to basic notions of humanism, democracy, and freedom of expression.
CONTINENT — In search of Europe marks the 30th anniversary of the OSTKREUZ agency, which was founded by seven photographers in East Berlin in 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before German reunification. With critical questions — such as “What connects us? What ways do we live with each other? How will our continent and our coexistence on it develop?” — the current discourse on Europe will be taken up and discussed photographically. The exhibition is curated by Ingo Taubhorn.

Since 2004, Germany’s largest photography festival has showcased the broad spectrum of contemporary and historical photography in Berlin every two years. Museums, cultural institutions, galleries, project spaces, embassies, and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam host numerous exhibition projects and events, selected by a jury of experts. The formats range from outdoor exhibitions and large museum presentations to individual and group shows in galleries and project spaces, and impressive contributions at foreign cultural institutions and embassies as well as municipal agencies for art and culture.

EMOP Berlin is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMOP), a European joint project which currently includes photography festivals in Lisbon, Luxembourg, Paris, and Vienna. The idea of creating a European network of photo festivals was born in 2003 on the initiative of Berlin’s partner city, Paris. The aim of the joint project is to promote cooperation at the European level, strengthen the international photography scene, intensify the exchange of information and experience, and support emerging artists.

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Quick Guide to Flawless Complexion


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Quick Guide to Flawless Complexion

Guess what’s the working approach of make-up artists who get a job at fashion shows and have to prepare dozens of models in very limited time? The secret revealed: make an even complexion first and touch up the rest if you still have some minutes. Sounds wise in everyday life, too, doesn’t it? Due to the fact that flawless skin contributes half of success to the whole look, it’s the point not to be underestimated. So, let’s take up this clever piece of advice for our make-up routine on the rush.

One. Under layer – clean and moisturize

Very few of us were lucky to be born with flawless skin and keep it like this through the stormy sea of life. Still, it’s up to us, our passion and dedication to the idea of beauty, how to get the maximum of what we have. Remember: your make-up begins with skincare, so don’t neglect this very first step to ideal complexion.

Your skin, however ‘imperfect’ it may be or seem to you, should be cleaned and moisturized before it receives make-up products upon. Apart from fulfilling the natural need of skin to be nourished, it will help tremendously to even application of tinted products, both wet and dry.

Tip: Find some more tips in our Daily Skincare: Best Routine to Look Young.

Two. Main layer – create the tone

Now when our skin has got the ‘food’ for the day let’s create a smooth and dewy skin tone. You may want to use a colorless primer first (they come in a whole variety of textures: sprays, lotions, creams…) or skip this step and proceed to applying the foundation. Lightweight ones would be great for everyday make-up. It’s up to you whether you apply it with fingers, a sponge of a brush – just be sure it covers the whole face evenly, spreading lightly under the chin and on the neck and blending into the hairline and the ear area.

That made, it’s right time for the concealer to come into light. Dark areas, blemishes and redness are the points of application.

Tip: Don’t persist in covering the blemishes completely – you will end up overdosing the concealer. A few light touch-ups on most disturbing spots will be just enough. Your further make-up – powder, mascara, lipstick etc. – will add up to the whole look and distract attention from eventual downsides.

Three. Upper layer – fix

If your skin is oily (or you’re going out to sunshine/heat/strobe lights) consider setting up your make-up with a fixing spray. Otherwise, fix and finish your complexion with powder – pressed or loose, tinted or transparent, matte or shimmering. Spread a light veil all over the face with a fluffy brush – and here your flawless complexion is ready!

Tip: Don’t forget that powder is the last step in making up your face tone. No wet product can be applied upon – it will look like a patch. So, use it only when you’re sure you’ve done on liquid textures.

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HAZE Opportunities_Calls for Artists


Julia Kryshevich

HAZE Opportunities_Calls for Artists

Opportunity: Feature in the Review/Essay (Art Blog)
By: Tania Teixeira
Deadline: June 05, 2020
Application Fee: Free of Charge 

Tania Teixeira, who calls herself a self-starter writer with a profound interest in Arts and Culture is looking for artworks to include in her essay from the following areas: video, sculpture, installation art, painting, interactive-and sound art, illustration, animation etc. The main criterion proposed by Tania is that the works might be strong and provocative approaching subjects relevant to actuality. If it appeals to you, you can either send your online portfolio, including social media links to the organizer right away or consult with her on which artworks are the best ones to be reviewed. 

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Opportunity: Group Exhibition
By: LoosenArt
Deadline: June 07, 2020 (00:00 CEST)
Application Fee: Free of Charge 

If you work in the medium of photography or digital visual design and you are interested in the performing arts, this is your moment. The online gallery and contemporary art platform LoosenArt gathers artworks exploring the figure of the performer and the central element to all kinds of performance which is a gesture. The selected artists will participate in the group exhibition which takes place either in Rome or Milan in October 2020. Applying is free, however, you will help a lot donating a small sum via the website to support the open calls organizer. 

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Opportunity: Residence program
By: Factory Berlin x Sónar + D
Deadline: June 17, 2020
Application Fee: Free of Charge

The international community of innovators Factory Berlin collaborated with Sónar + D (Barcelona-based congress exploring creativity) to launch the Artist in Residence program in 2019. This year the second edition of the program will take place from July 20 until November 30. Diverse artists from all countries are invited to apply to the program, however, only six participants will be selected. The chosen artists will work on interdisciplinary projects in the area of music, culture, art, and technology for the duration of 4 months under the curatorship of the experienced mentors. The venue is the Creators Lab at Factory Görlitzer Park (Berlin). 

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Contact: Sandira Blas
Senior Curator & Researcher, Factory Berlin

Opportunity: Various Awards
Deadline: June 25, 2020 (23.59 CEST)
Application Fee: Free of Charge 

Artists who work in groups, or at least in pairs are invited to present their projects either created over the last 2 years or specially prepared for this open call. The organizer is ARTCONNECT Magazine — a digital venue for sharing resources, making connections, and building communities within the art world. The announced theme for the open call is Correspondence. The concept was suggested and developed by Brunno Silva, an art consultant, writer, and curator partnering with ARTCONNECT. If you as an artist have your own vision of the definition correspondence and would like to introduce it to the public, don’t hesitate to apply. Remember that cooperating with other artists is essential here. Two projects of the winners will receive €250 cash prizes each, a feature in ARTCONNECT Magazine as well as a virtual studio visit with curator Brunno Silva. The other 3 projects will be encouraged with honorable mentions to be both published in the Magazine and posted on its’ social media channels. 

To apply, you need to create an account on ARTCONNECT. After uploading your submission, there is a short form to fill in: 

Learn more about Brunno Silva and his curatorial practice: 

Opportunity: Various Awards
By: Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF)
Deadline: June 30, 2020 (23:59 GMT + 8)
Application Fee: Free of Charge 

The 7th Singapore International Photography Festival announces an open call for artists of all nationalities. Departing and Arriving is the theme for this year, which is attuned to the identity of Singapore, a country built up of migrants. The applications can be submitted in the two categories: International Portfolio Open Call & Photobook Open Call. The grand prize is the financial award of $2,000, the other works selected will be displayed across the city as the part of the Festival

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Opportunity: Fashion Illustrators Group Exhibition
By: Haze Gallery
Deadline: July 01, 2020
Application Fee: Free of Charge (NB. There is a curation fee of €85 for those who have been selected) 

Fashion illustrators wanted! HAZE Gallery hosts the group exhibition Fine Appearance. Fashion & Illustration from August 6—16, 2020. Since the Gallery seeks to represent the overall spirit of the illustration in the world of fashion, diverse artworks on the theme are welcome. HAZE Gallery provides the artists chosen with the advertising, promotion, and representation options during the show. In case the artwork is sold, the Gallery takes a commission of 20%. The selection of the participants will proceed during the voting process, in the course of which 3 HAZE Gallery curators will make a decision. Apart from the extensive artwork list, your bio and contact information are required. 

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P.S. There is an opportunity to participate in the 3D edition of the exhibition, just indicate your willingness in the application form. In this case, the curation fee will be €50 for the artists selected. 

Opportunity: Photography Print Edition & Exhibition
By: HAZE Gallery
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Application Fee: Free of Charge

HAZE Gallery invites photographers to apply for the upcoming exhibition as well as the autumn print issue of Purplehaze Magazine. The chosen PURPLEHAZE Photographers will be awarded with an opportunity to have their works featured both in print and as a part of the show. The general theme is Art & Technology. The requirements for the artworks are flexible, however, it’s necessary that the projects submitted are created either in photographic or digital medium and participants are over 18. If you have an idea of how the synergy and/or collision between art and technology might look like, share this with the world. The top prize includes €500 Haze Grant, 5 feature articles in both print and digital versions, a solo 3D exhibition and an e-catalogue. 

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Fashion Word discovers all possible ways to keep on creating and setting new trends in the days of pandemic, proving that there is no limits of imagination. Photographers and designers have found a way out of this situation by organising FaceTime shootings and running online shows. What is more exited is a comeback of old trends such as FASHION ILLUSTRATION. 

In this article we are going to tell you about the most famous fashion illustrations of all times and inspire you to express your perception of fashion on the paper.

Georges Lepap


Fashion illustrations have a unique sense of closeness, with a visual image in the viewer’s hand, as well as the urgency to stop us in our trails before we flip over the page.

Fashion illustrations demand a unique ability to apply a pen or brush in such a manner that it not only captures the nuances with a gesture, but can transform a graphic depiction of clothes, a fashion accessory or makeup into an object of desire. The task of a fashion artist is to „tell the story of the dress“.


Between 1910 and 1920 one of the most prominent fashion illustrators was the Frenchman Georges Lepap, whose style is characterized by flattened female shapes and more ornamental designs. He created over 100 covers for Vogue. Additionally, Lepap has collaborated with Harper’s Bazaar and Femina magazines.

Georges Lepap

A completely reinterpretation of the fashion illustration was demonstrated by Eduard Benito, a Spanish artist of that time. His fascination for Cubism and Constructivism was clearly evident in his work. Picasso’s paintings, Brancusi’s sculptures and Modellani’s portraits can also be seen in his work. Such an original approach could not remain unremarkable, it was appreciated by the editorial offices of Vogue and Vanity Fair, where Benito worked for two decades as chief illustrator.

Eduard Benito

Eduard Benito

A small revival for fashion illustration was the work of the Frenchman Rene Grueaux. He has been working for a long time with the House of Dior, where he designed catalogues, perfume wrappers and even advertisements and invitations.

René Grueaux

René Grueaux

1980-1990. – A new phase in the evolution of fashion illustration, which is marked by a return to the 20s, grotesque, minimalism and personality. Prominent figures at this time were Stephen Stippelman and George Stavrinos.

George Stavrinos

Stephen Stippelman

A new trial for fashion illustration becomes digital photography and computer graphics. However, even in such challenging conditions, the genre has survived and even enriched with new techniques and solutions. David Downton became the hero of the period of late XX – early XXI century. Nowadays, he is considered a modern classic of fashion illustration. The artist uses only traditional materials: ink, gouache, watercolor, without resorting to the possibilities of the computer.

Among David’s clients are Tiffany & Co, Bloomingdales, Barney’s, Harrods, TopShop, Chanel, Dior, L’Oreal, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, V Magazine and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2007 Downton founded a fashion illustration magazine called „Pourquoi Pas?“.

David Downton

David Downton


The cover of Vogue Russia in June 2020 was illustrated with a self-portrait of the model and the artist @st.einberg. A sea background and a girl with a serious expression on her face with dark lipstick in a men’s jacket and an ironed white shirt became the reflection of reality by Vogue’s eyes .  

Another one of the June covers was decorated by Sasha Pivovarova @sasha_pivovarova, decorated not only with herself, but also by her own hands!

Under the constraints of the pandemic of the new coronavirus COVID-19, the magazine found a way not to hold a „scrappy“ photo shoot.

The June issue is dedicated to art, and the art cover was created for it by the model, artist and mother of two children Sasha Pivovarova. In collage technique, she made her own bright portrait.



Aidan Salakhova @aidansalakhova also paints a portrait of a girl doctor from the hospital where she was quarantined for Vogue. In such times artists and doctors unite, the art saves from sadness and pays tribute to people fighting against the disease on the front line.

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