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Juli 2020

Iona Chavela „pandemic romance“



Photography – Iona Chavela @ionachavela
Styling – Willy Disney @willydisney
MUA – Chassey Julian @chasseyjulian
Hairstylist – Deviana Iwan @devianaiwan
Wardrobe – Antonius Adrio @antonius.adrio, BASS @par_bass, Stylist’s own
Bag – Comme de Garcon @commedesgarcon
Claws and headpiece accessories – Jizeeru @jizeeru_sozo
Shoes – Jenny Fax Official @jennyfax.official
Models – Jemima @jemimahraphael and Widi @widi.diyanto from IVY @i_vymodels

Interview with artist Nat Apanay


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Interview with artist Nat Apanay

1. How would you define beauty in 140 characters or less?
The beauty for me is not a sex, classical pattern, length of legs or yachts, material box or cocoon of our matrix world. The beauty is a synergy of the Nature and the Artistic Mind which puts back together the pieces of flowing living energy working to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

2. How would you best describe your style?
Biomorphic abstract impresses of fantastic worlds that appear a qualia from there to this place like a vibrating sculptures. Multi-layer artworks move like a hallucination and embody the complex essence of the human personality. Moreover natural materials such as branches, stones, moss, bones, blood and synthetic materials such as silicone, nails, plastic, money, gadgets are built into the voluminous works like the architectural structure of our time of the anthropocene.

3. Has this always been your style?
I have got a Master’s Degree in Architecture, Academic Arts. I’m used to create works and paintings in the academic way. Besides philosophy, cosmology, neurophysiology, biology and theoretical physics have captured almost all of my attention, becoming a passion and this knowledge has led me to abstraction. I’m proponent of scientists (Eric Kandel, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Samir Zeki, Dick Swaab etc) who study the brain as a part of the science discipline – neuroesthetics who already gives us the better understanding that abstract art affects the development of mind’s potential. Therefore recently the abstraction is the main field of my research. Even now I review selfidentification through the abstract principles and openmind optics, that experiences are presented in such related media as sculpture and video.

4. Do you feel that your works are addressing a topic, theme or problem?
There are two main themes that reflected in my artworks: mind’s potential and coexistence organic world of nature and territory of mankind, technological and synthetic.
And the problem is to create a peaceful ecological connection between man and planet, correct implementation of AI and other our ambitions. I’m trying to find the mental-spiritual bridge that could make a strong collaboration of science and art.

5. What is the driving force behind your work?
My parents and sister are hereditary doctors, farther is a surgeon, so I’m used to research everything in a scientific way, to dissect an issue, get inside it and study the very essence. Therefore new studies in neuroscience and biology are driving force behind my art as well as visiting Kunstkammers, watching online surgeries and studying literature on anatomy. Moreover now I’m getting degree in Western philosophy in Moscow State University. And I need to mention that Eastern philosophy and meditation which I practice in Nepal, Japan, Bali and India helped me in crucial times to stay whole and comprehensive unit of living energy.

6. Have certain artists or movements inspired your work?
Francis Bacon, Mikhail Vrubel, Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter are one of my favorite artist. Their subtle perception of the world’s settings, as well as their selfless immersion in art, amazes me and arouses deep respect.
Also I do admire the Western philosophy which researches our matrix world and human place and aim of being. Such great thinkers as Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Gilles Deleuze as well as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, Nikolai Gogol and Vladimir Nabokov have formed an amazing inner tool for perception of the world and finding wisdom, they are my teachers and main friends.

7. Tell us about the spaces within which you live and work.
Nowadays I live countryside in the green and calm place not far from Moscow. My studio is located near house where I live so in early morning I’m used to walk or ride in a forest, collect specific for me stones, bones, moss or plastic staff, meditate and than work in silence. Often I put works to the car and go any direction, only trust my intuition, and walk with paintings through forests or ruins to full feel the energy of space, the man’s and nature’s territories.

8. Do you have a routine or rituals as you work?
I don’t push myself to create, don’t rush. I always prepare myself by everyday meditation and absorption of the new knowledge and thoughts to start express them in art. Day by day I await the right mental flow, watch extraordinary dreams, I feel that idea needs to ripen and one night I wake up in 5 am and I know I ready.

9. What is your favourite museum or art gallery and why?
Of course Tate Modern in London, Guggenheim Museum in NYC and Centre Pompidou in Paris are my favorite places where I could spend hours, days and immerse deep into my thoughts, dreams, sufferings and joys, where I feel the realization of mankind’s potential.

10. Your best advice to fellow artists?
Don’t be afraid of anything, don’t feel sorry for anything, and don’t be shy about your identity, your inner true identity. And I am sure that we need to learn all our lives constantly.

Instagram Nat Apanay: @natapanay

Fine Appearances: The Fashion Illustration Exhibition


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Fine Appearances: The Fashion Illustration Exhibition
Opening on 6 August 2020 at HAZEGALLERY BERLIN, “Fine Appearances: The Fashion Illustration Exhibition” is a group exhibition curated by Irina Rusinovich. The show presents a graphic variety of fashion illustrations from artists all around the world providing a vivid cultural & visual reflection of fashion through aesthetic, cultural, & social shifts.
The exhibition Fine Appearances: Fashion Illustration Exhibition exhibits 14 of finest artists working in fashion illustration, who show aesthetic quality and pure beauty in their works. Most of the artists have illustrated extensively for leading fashion houses, magazines & corporations including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, etc.
HAZEGALLERY based in Berlin represents emerging and mid career artists who work in media such as fashion /and art photography, installation, painting and sculpture as well as conceptual art and film/ video.
Purplehaze Magazine is a bi -annual large format print publication along with our daily content on the website and social media networks, with curated collection of fashion & art editorials and stories behind artists and their works.
The magazine is digitally distributed directly to international art professionals, including curators, artists, galleries and art institutions and available as print on demand collectable publication.
PURPLEHAZE magazine is an independent cultural publication in Berlin and publishes digital magazines & print publications twice a year (autumn / winter and spring/summer), as well as daily content on our website and in social media. networks. Whether it’s photography, fashion or other creative niches, PURPLEHAZE magazine is always at the center of new and interesting events. The magazine is designed primarily to inspire readers, so PURPLEHAZE is in search of unique young talents and creative people who challenge the mind and break the rules.
Image credit info: Margarita Sidorik @daisy698

Inna Mosina „spirit of indomitable courage“

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Now, something incredible is happening in the world, something we don’t like. I wanted to show a fearless spirit that has nothing to lose, desperately brave. My photography is The symbol is not a reconciliation of events that we do not like. We are capable of fighting.
Courage – mean stop tolerate.
The time is always right to do what’s right.

Photo: Inna Mosina @inna_mosina_arts
Model: @altalennn
Dress: Irina Ivanova @irrrrkka

Being an artist in Russia: meet Asya Marakulina

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Being an artist in Russia: meet Asya Marakulina

Asya Marakulina was born in Perm, Russia. She lives and works in Saint Petersburg. Russian journalists marked Asya as the “Turgenev’s girl of Petersburg art” and the “hope of Russian contemporary art”. So, we decided to talk with Asya about how convenient or not can be a life of the contemporary artist in Russia.

About first exhibitions in Perm and Saint Petersburg

I started exhibiting when I was still living in my hometown. At that time, I was studying in an art studio and we organized exhibitions for various holiday fairs. After that, I had a long period of moving to St. Petersburg and time to join the student body. At the University, I received a classical art education: painting, drawing, and so on – at the same time I was engaged in creative work. I studied at the school of a young artist “ProArte“. This fund was created specifically for children who want to develop in the field of contemporary art. My first exhibition was held in the Peter and Paul fortress in 2014. Then I returned from a residence in Belgium and used the collected material this way. This was the first conscious display.

It was from this residence that I began to get to know the foreign art space. At the time, I didn’t know what I am involving myself in. I even went to Belgium more out of curiosity and interest in travelling. Before that, I only travelled inside Russia. After that, I soon went to a residence in Norway and then participated in a group exhibition in New York. There were artists from the Urals and from Brooklyn. Now it is even difficult to remember the complex concept of how it all was interconnected. My curator who now works at the Yeltsin centre in St. Petersburg called me there. Usually, I participate in foreign exhibitions at the invitation of my friends from Russia – this was the case with New York, then with Stockholm, and with Texas. My experience of working abroad is not quite big.

About attachment to a place

I have a workshop in St. Petersburg, and there I can be alone without any noise – write texts, think, create. I spend most of my time in the workshop.

I am also coupled to Russia – all the projects that I have done in residences are somehow linked to the local context. It is much easier and more interesting for me to work when I am immersed in the language, visual, and cultural environment. For example, in France, I worked with difficulties in translating and understanding a foreign language in Russian. Of course, a new place gives you a lot of new information, a new material that you can’t ignore. But at the same time, you analyze your personal baggage, already collected at home. The Russian reality certainly affects me a lot – I live here.

About moving to another country

The idea of moving is always present. Especially when I’m abroad, comparing and trying on other locations. I want to study somewhere else, but now I’m not ready to move to another country – it takes a lot of energy. I lived 3 months in France and realized that if you move there, you need to absolutely start everything from scratch. I’m a stranger there. I don’t want to spend time adapting to a new social space now – I want to work. I have projects that need to be done now – maybe a little later they will no longer be relevant to me.

About the advantages and disadvantages of Russia for the artist

In Russia, an uncomfortable environment is not only for an artist but for any person of any profession. It is aggressive for pensioners, artists, doctors and businessmen. There is strong resistance to material and society. But at the same time, you can do things in Russia that you can’t afford in other countries. At home, I can rent any space and work there. In Germany, for example, it is much more difficult to do this – there is too strong and complex social and economic structure.

There are pros and cons everywhere. In Europe, there are more opportunities and space for the artist – almost every house has two galleries in Paris, but in my city, there are only 3 of them and everyone is chasing them. On the other hand, when I was in Switzerland, I could not understand how artists find themes for projects in such comfortable conditions. There are no “rough edges”. I need irritants and inconsistencies for my work. Since many foreign artists grow up in a different environment, the focus is set on other things, and the art is completely different. It might be difficult for me to change my mind.

About the news agenda in Russia

Every time I open the news, it seems to me that this is the limit of senility. A little later, I open it again, and I realize – no, it can go even further. The current absurdity sometimes makes you speechless.

How the government helps artists

I have a feeling that the projects that are sponsored and supported by government structures are most often of an ideological and patriotic nature. In Russia, everything is not so smooth with modern visual culture. It seems to me that civil servants do not have an as well developed taste as we would like – there is no sensitivity to different forms and meanings. It is difficult for an artist to be seen and heard. I limit myself from such cooperation.

In Russia, the attitude to culture has been built up as something marginal. There is a constant cultural barrier between the artist and the rest of society. At the same time, there is a lot of material for criticism – unfairness that can be reflected.

About politicization of art 

I don’t work with politics in my art, but it’s not an intentional choice. My strength lies elsewhere. We must remember that an artist is not only a citizen of his country. He lives, feels, and is tormented by existential questions. We cannot avoid themes of love, death, and emotions. The surrounding agenda only penetrates the mood and sometimes is expressed in increased anxiety. It is natural for me to find more universal images in this aggressive environment.

All of the images were taken from Asya’s Instagram profile.

Ksenia Gavrilova „expressionism“



Photographer & artist- Ksenia Gavrilova @gavrilovaksu
Stylist – Iris Laricheva @iris_laricheva
Make-up artist – Inga Cigler @ingasouris__mua
Models – 1313 agency @1313agency (Maya @poetessla, Nikita @cher.nikerss)

suit – Elena Burenina @elenaburenina
red pants – stylist’s own

suit – Elena Burenina @elenaburenina
green dress – Elena Burenina @elenaburenina

suit – Elena Burenina @elenaburenina;  green dress – Elena Burenina @elenaburenina
blue dress – Malva Florea @malvaflorea

suit – Elena Burenina @elenaburenina;  blue dress – Malva Florea @malvaflorea
red pantsstylist’s own