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10 fancy instagram accounts to follow

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10 fancy instagram accounts to follow

@sheidlina

Ellen Sheidlin is a world-famous Russian model, insta-blogger, artist. Her Instagram is full of extraordinary things and creative works. It seems that she is an alien with big blue eyes and absolutely incredible mind.

@muartive

Doubtlessly, you’ll get stuck in in the creative illustrator Murat Yidirim’s profile. It will  hypnotize you cause author’s vision is truly amazing. His fantastic series of world-famous masterpieces in the new soft and surrealistic way of performance.

@jonnoorlander

Jon Noorlander is a 3D artist and CEO at Method Studios in New York City. His vibrant, strange and frisky designs made him a viral sensation on Instagram. He is working with different textures, materials and forms making them alive and dynamic.

@damien.blottiere

Damien Blottiere is a visual artist, finished the Duperre School of Art in Paris. He carves with cutter bodies or objects; removes and associates, to make from his fetish the main character of his poetry: a surrealist space in which the subject of desire meets the desire of the subject.

@whynlewispaintings

Whyn Lewis is Edinburgh based painter. His works are calm, balanced and soothing.The main character of his paintings is a dog – noble hound.

@spathumpa

Costas Spathis is an architect who has always gazed at the globe through geometry.Traveling around the world, from Hong Kong to the little greek island of Spetses, his images depict the symmetry and balance we, ourselves, cannot yet see, or just haven’t realized is there, looking back at us. His summers are fresh, vibrant and full of life. His seas are beautiful, crisp and frothy.

@casaviolastudio

Violaine Carossino is a set designer and decorator from Paris, created her own platform for vintage decoration. The Instagram itself is a work of art – gentle, soft, fashionable and authentic. You can to only get an aesthetic pleasure looking at it, but also catch some interior ideas for your apartment.

@tammamazzam

Tammam Azzam was born in Damascus, Syria. He started painting at 10 years old and subsequently went on to study Fine Arts at Damascus University specialising in oil painting. While at university he participated in a workshop with renowned German-based artist Marwan Kassab Pashi, who became that was a huge influence on the future direction of his work. Tammam’s recent work employs both painting and collage, riding the barrier between figurative and abstract art.

@alphachanneling

The artist is inspired by Taoism, Iduism, Buddhism and Tantrism, as these ideologies represent sexuality as an expression of the higher realm.

Alfa Channeling’s works are most renowned for their lightness of shapes and ecstatic representation of holistic, erotic images. Primarily by using watercolour and coloured pencil, the artist portrays light immediacy with transient gesticulating figures. Lyrical bodies in Alfa Channeling’s work consist of intricately overlapping, freely flowable signs and lines and refer to ancient tantric drawings.

@mvb

Marie’s profile in Instagram is the quintessence of carefree beauty and simplicity. She is a partner of both independent German brands and global brands from Calvin Klein and Urban Outfitters to Céline and Chanel. You can find new ideas of outfit and get visual pleasure.

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Art Digest: June 29—July 05

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Art Digest: June 29—July 05

To bring freshness to the column, this time we’re going to talk about photography only. Open calls, initiatives, exhibitions — welcome a bird’s-eye view of some inspiring photo events of the week.

Ren Hang Nudes Exhibition at Centro Pecci runs until August 23

The Nudes exhibition (Nudi) by the famous Chinese photographer Ren Hang is the first extensive project to highlight the oeuvre of the artist in Italy. The exhibition comprises more than 90 photographs taken from the international collections as well as poetry and other art objects by Ren Hang. The distinctive feature of Hang’s works is a focus on nudity and aestheticization of the corporeal in its various manifestations. The Nudes exhibition runs from June 04—August 23 at the Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Center (Prato, Italy).

‘We were born nude…I just photographed things in their more natural conditions’ (Ren Hang)

Chinese photographer and poet Ren Hang (1987—2017) became famous for his provocative approach in the exploration of human nakedness, often in the fusion with nature. Choosing explicit poses and the alike-looking models (slender, white-skinned, dark-haired, with red lipstick and painted nails for women), the artist researches what’s like to be young and free-spirited in China. Though not touching intentionally upon the political subjects, Ren Hang questions, if it’s possible to dispose of one’s own sexuality and identity in the society driven by the collectivist values. Being a gay himself, the artist is familiar with the constant state of confrontation from experience.

Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, and other photographers to raise money against racism 

Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, Renell Medrano, and other photographers (around 100 of them) have donated works from their archives to the Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser platform. The Fundraiser organizers claim that racism is a deep-rooted British issue and see the decision to fight against it as a call both for the creative world, and the world at large. The price of each print is about $125 USD, all works are printed and delivered by the London-based service theprintspace

Money raised from the charitable sales will be distributed between the three anti-racism organizations: The Black Curriculum, Black Minds Matter, and Exist Loudly. The complete list of artists participating as well as the display of their works are available on the platform

2020 Turner Prize announced its winners

Certainly you know the Turner Prize, the UK’s acclaimed award for art, which helped such artists as Grayson Perry, Gilbert & George, and Anish Kapoor to pursue a brilliant career (all of them won the prestigious award in the past). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Turner Prize takes place in a new guise. Called the Turner Bursaries, the reward for each winner has comprised $12,300 USD (instead of the typical $31,000 USD). Ten artists have been chosen. 

This year jury is chaired by the Director of Tate Britain, Alex Farquharson. And here are the winners of the 2020 Turner Bursaries: Arika, Liz Johnson Artur, Oreet Ashery, Shawanda Corbett, Jamie Crewe, Sean Edwards, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ima-Abasi Okon, Imran Perretta, and Alberta Whittle. Well worth taking a closer look at: these could be the rising stars of the art world.

New East Photo Prize 2020 call for entry 

The New East Photo Prize 2020 is a contemporary photography award for artists from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, and Central Asia. The award has been launched by Calvert 22 Foundation and it’s online edition The Calvert Journal in 2016. The mission of the project the organizers define as championing artistic excellence in photography as well as recognition of various representations of the social, cultural and physical landscape of the New East and other perspectives on that region. This year applications are open until July 20. Learn more about the project and the conditions of participation from the website.

The lucky ones who succeed in the competition will have the opportunity to a) have their works featured online in the Journal; b) win a cash prize of £1,000; c) get a £500 voucher for photographers equipment; d) get a full tuition scholarship; e) take part in a finalists group show, if circumstances permit*. The jury panel includes international artists, photographers, curators, and researchers.

PhotoBook Awards by Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation calling 

Celebrating the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography — this what the PhotoBook Awards founded by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo focuses on. This time there are as usual three major categories to apply: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. However, organizers await even more critical and creative statements from the applicants due to the unprecedented year.

The submissions deadline is September 12, the winners are to be announced in November 2020. There is a set of criteria for books submitted as well as entry fees (learn more from the website). The judging process this year is two-staged: representatives of both Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation will select the short-listed candidates in New York, while the final winners will be chosen by a distinct jury in Paris right before the start of Paris Photo.

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Inna Mosina „spirit of indomitable courage“

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SPIRIT OF INDOMITABLE COURAGE

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

10 Movies to Develop Aesthetic Vision

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10 Movies to Develop Aesthetic Vision

Today we are ready to present you a new collection of films that can awake your inner creative potential and provoke to the creation of art. Therefore, we will make it easier for you to choose what to watch tonight.

Stoker ( Park Chan-wook, 2013)

This psychological thriller drama film has not only breathtaking plot which is full of mysterious intrigues and enigmas but it also has strong aesthetic picture, beautiful music and flawless reflection of Park Chan-wook’s vision.

Hotel Chevalier (Wes Anderson, 2005)

Wes Anderson is one of the brightest representatives of independent modern cinema. A sophisticated aesthete, he pays attention to the finest detail in all aspects of film production, including music and set design.

Wes Anderson also has a very efficient technique that is directly related to the human mind and helps make his films extremely appealing – symmetry. Basically any frame follows the laws of proportion.

L’amant double( François Ozon ,2013)

„L’amant double“ is a thriller about the therapist, his patient, their big love and someone else. Beautiful, sophisticated and intellectual film from which you can get aesthetic delight.

La grande bellezza ( Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)

The Sorrentino’s palette is all the best that you can discover in Italy: the colors of red wine, warm afternoon sun, rich greenery of pines and plane trees, deep blue sea. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of Sorrentino is his innate capacity to visualize his films through the eyes of the artist – brightly colourful, enriched with contrasts, thematically abstract and with a connotation of immediacy.

The Lighthouse( Robert Eggers, 2019)

„The Lighthouse” is confidently claiming to be a masterpiece, at least for the sake of style. Eggers adopts the aesthetics of early German expressionism as his reference point, with its isolation from formal aspects that take on a political and psychological dimension. 

Melancholia ( Lars von Trier, 2011)

The aesthetic of the film is astonishing and breathtaking. The music of Richard Wagner (overture from „Tristan and Isolde“) creates the atmosphere from the beginning. The visuals are even more remarkable. The protagonist with a flower bouquet, wearing a snow-white wedding dress, which feels as if sprouting from trees, from the Earth itself, simultaneously maturing into it, thus becoming united with her as a whole.

Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)

Unbelievable aesthetic refinement, philosophy and a magnificent artistic ensemble. Severe plotless performance allows you to fully enjoy Tilda and Tom  still lifes and landscapes. Any part of the interior of Adam’s apartment is an immaculate still life, while East Tangier and Detroit are teeming with charming, often intimidating, timeless beauty.

The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)

„The Favourite“ is a wonderful costumed movie with Kubrick’s visionary, relevant female ensemble, understandable strokes and level of misanthropy, reduced to socially acceptable.

Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé, 2009)

Director Gaspar Noe, known for his extraordinary films for the general public, made an unusually beautiful, charming and at the same time explosive movie.Sometimes hallucinogenic and psychedelic pulsation of the camera as a flow of unconsciousness of prototype goes off the scale, and somewhere somehow evens out into the hypnotic panorama of the city. Single-frame shooting provides an opportunity to merge with experience, to go beyond the boundaries of their subjectivity and see the „wonderful new world“ through the eyes of a newborn.

The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

The metaphoricity of the images with the weight of thousands of years occupies the viewer’s consciousness while watching.Malick does an enchanting thing: he works with memory like Nabokov in „The Other Shores“, recreating the hero’s childhood as a hierarchy of memories.

Enjoy!

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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.

Art Digest: June 22—29

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Art Digest: June 22—29

Now that the brightest day of the year has been left behind, it feels like we’re slowly coming to winter. However, there is still so much summer time left full of events and appointments! Finally one can choose between online and offline. Along with contemplating arts you can also take a proactive approach and stand up for a creative who desperately needs support. More detail about that in this week’s Art Digest.

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Time for action: join ‘Free Yulia Tsvetkova’ campaign 

Russian artist and femme activist Yulia Tsvetkova has been recently charged with the dissemination of pornography. She’s being accused of administering the social media group ‘The Vagina’s Monologues’, which contains depictions of female sex organs as well as creating a series of body positive drawings called ‘A Woman is not a Doll’.

The maximum sentence of imprisonment she faces is 6 years. Artists and just concerned people from all over the world have decided to rise for Yulia and created a special platform. If you want to join and help the artist, the easiest way to do that is to sign a petition and spread the news through social media. Using back channel to resolve the situation is also encouraged. Find out more about the case, the social initiative, and ways to contribute on the platform. For those from outside Russia there is an English-language video by artist Nicole Garneau

Yulia Tsvetkova doesn’t only promote women’s agenda, but also supports LGBTQ rights. Until recently she was the director of an activist youth theatre in her home city Komsomolsk-on-Amur, having produced 9 plays there. Charged by the authorities, the artist was placed under house arrest in November 2019 and was released in the middle March, just as the COVID-19 lockdown became effective. Recently many social initiatives in supporting the artist have been established. One of them is ‘Yulia Tsvetkova 500-Meter Solidarity Walks’ launched and conducted by artist Nicole Garneau in Russia, Berlin, and London. The artist herself has been awarded the 2020 Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Arts Fellow. Yulia Tsvetkova’s case is tried in early July 2020, thus, it’s time for action (and everyone can help).

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‘Love is the Message, the Message is Death’ by Arthur Jafa streaming online all weekend long 

Arthur Jafa’s 2016 film ‘Love is the Message, the Message is Death’ will be streamed online via 13 art institutions on June 26—28. A seven-and-a-half-minute video work by Jafa is accompanied by the Kanye West’s song ‘Ultralight Beam’ and provides both colour and black and white footage, exploring the life and experience of Black Americans. It’s not only that the 13 remarkable institutions (among which are the Tate, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum) will synchronize doing that, but also the fact that Arthur Jafa has never made his video work available online before.

Arthur Jafa was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1960. The artist focuses on making video works and producing films, exploring the African-American identity in the cultural-historic context. His works have been widely recognized and shown in the major US and world museums, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, LUMA Foundation Zurich etc. Regarding his moving video installation ‘Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (2016)’, which has been highly acclaimed by critics, the artist said in a statement to Tate:

‘I want to make Black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music. That’s my big goal.’ 

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Paris Fashion Week to go ahead in September 2020 

The pandemic managed to strike on the fashion industry, however, the latter just won’t give up. We’ve already discussed a few online shows by some world-renowned brands launched recently — now it’s time to go offline. As you remember, Men’s Fashion Week was cancelled this year and SS20 Fashion Week has been turned online… Meet the Paris Women’s Spring/Summer Show this September, after all! The womenswear show will run from September 28 to October 6, 2020, the further details will be provided later. However, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has announced that Paris Fashion Week ‘will comply for its implementation to the recommendations of public authorities’.

P H O T O G R A P H Y 

V&A Museum releases Glastonbury Festival archive online 

The V&A has acquired the Glastonbury Festival archive since 2014. In the year of the 50th anniversary of the Festival, the Museum reveals the collection of Glastonbury highlights and invites visitors to join. If you ever visited one of the largest greenfield music and performing arts festivals of the world, you can share your written memories, sending them to glastonbury@vam.ac.uk. The V&A appreciates being able to ‘collect and capture a living performance archive and to document and trace the Festival’s history and influence across 50 years’. Since Glastonbury has moved online this year, checking the V&A’s archive might be a good chance to remember the best parts of it. 

New online collection by Annie Leibovitz to benefit social goals 

Swiss-born contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth presents a series of limited-edition prints by the famous photographer Annie Leibovitz. Called ‘Update’ the online collection explores the sense of a place and composes the photographs made by the artist both before and during the COVID-19 lockdown. 100 % of proceeds raised from the sale will be equally splitted between the Black Lives Matter, the Equal Justice Initiative, and COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

Some of the ‘Update’ photographs were made in upstate New York, where Annie Leibovitz has spent her quarantine period. These are primarily about documenting the landscape of the artist’s home environment. The other part was shot previously at the places where prominent figures, such as Emily Dickinson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Darwin, and Virginia Woolf used to live and work.

‘There are no people in the pictures. I photographed houses and landscapes and objects that belonged to people who are no longer there.’ (Annie Leibovitz, on the ‘Update’ series) 

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Pioneers in colour in photography: William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz and Mitch Epstein

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Pioneers in colour in photography: William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz and Mitch Epstein

Nowadays when we can create light and colour of the picture with the help of digital apps, it seems rather odd that it took several decades for color photography to regain its rightful place in collections and museums. The Kodak color film was already introduced in the 1920s and the full production of the improved Kodachrome began in 1935. For a long time, however, the color photographs had muted tones: the crowd dressed more than modestly, burgundy cars, brown houses.

However, when colour photography finally overthrew its monochrome father it became the major source of inspiration and work for many artists such as Mitch Epstein, William Eggleston and Joel Meyerowitz.

Joel Meyerowitz (1938, New-York, USA)

Joel Meyerowitz is a acknowledged genius, a universal master of photography, who knows how to find exceptional moments in ordinary places and has frequently changed the way he shoots. The famous photographer Robert Frank (author of the photo book „Americans“) had a tremendous impact on the oeuvre of Joel Meyerowitz.

In his reminiscences, he notes that it was Frank who contributed to his decision to take up photography. One of the episodes that took place in 1962 is quite remarkable. At that time Meyerowitz worked as an art director of the magazine and did not even think about photography. However, by chance got on the Frank’s shooting, was almost enchanted by his dynamic way of working, the constant movement around the model. At that moment it was not important for Meyerowitz how the result of the photo shoot would appear – he was attracted by the process itself.

Having no theoretical training in photography, Joel Meyerowitz was able to wrap this flaw in his favour. He was not bound by any dogmas or rules – he took pictures as he saw and felt in his heart.

In 1966, Meyerovitz took an 18-month trip across Europe, a journey that deeply inspired him and could be regarded as a turning point in his career as a photographer. There Meyerowitz was taking many shots from a moving car.

William Eggleston (1939, Tennessee, USA)

William Eggleston is an American photographer who contributed to making color photography an admissible and venerated art piece deserving of a gallery exhibition. 

The first big research on colour photography was in 1976, with an Eggleston exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and then the genre grew with the collaboration of the Dusseldorf School of Photography.

William Eggleston has an astonishing skill at creating amazing compositions from the most common items. Those who have seen the master at work have noted that Eggleston is very serious, even fanatic about the composition of objects. Picking the right angle sometimes took a lot of time for the photographer, but he always was rewarded with an impressive outcome.

The ordinary life of the American people. This is exactly the focus of the vast majority of William Eggleston’s photographs. He was not chasing sensational photos, did not shoot loud happenings – and, nevertheless, his shots are exciting, capturing the viewer’s attention for quite a long time.

Eggleston is still taking photographs as usual today. A new documentary film called „William Eggleston in the Real World“ presents the viewer with a unique personality, transmitting his view on work and life. The documentary was released in 2005.

Mitch Epstein ( 1952,  Massachusetts, USA)

Mitchell „Mitch“ Epstein (born 1952 in Holyoke, Massachusetts) – American photographer, and one of the first photographers using color. His photographs are in numerous major museum collections, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art; The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Tate Modern in London.

By the mid-1970s, Epstein had abandoned his academic studies and started traveling, beginning to study photography in the United States.

Ten of the photographs he made during this period were in a 1977 group exhibition at Light Gallery in New York. Ben Lifson wrote in his Village Voice review: “Mitch Epstein’s ten color photographs are the best things at Summer Light…. At 25, Epstein’s apprenticeship is over, as his work shows. He stands between artistic tradition and originality and makes pictures about abandoned rocking-horses and danger, about middle-age dazzled by spring blossoms, about children confused by sex and beasts. He has learned the terms of black-and-white photography, and although he adds color, he hasn’t abandoned them, loving photography’s past while trying to step into its future.”

During his life he published several books: New York Arbor, (Steidl, 2013) Berlin (Steidl & The American Academy in Berlin, 2011); American Power (Steidl, 2009); Mitch Epstein: Work (Steidl, 2006); Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988 (Steidl 2005); and Family Business (Steidl 2003), which won the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award.

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Art Digest: June 15—21

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Art Digest: June 15—21

Having happened once, some cases keep on echoing through time long afterwards. Artists from all over the world confront discrimination of any kind, supporting those who are at risk. Discover some vivid examples of artistic actions as well as other inspiring news of the week below.

P H O T O G R A P H Y 

‘See In Black’ launches a charitable photography print sale 

80 black photographers will share their vision of America through a series of prints telling the story of black people, their families and culture. The initiative has been inspired and organized by See In Black, the recently established coalition of negroid photographers and creatives. The mission of See In Black is to document history accurately, ‘with intentionality, respect, nuance and care’, which doesn’t necessarily imply making images of black figures. However, this time we’re going to see an exceptional photographic homage to black identity, which coincides with the Juneteenth (June, 19). Starting from that day, one can peruse the sale lots on the website of the coalition. The sale will end on July 3. What’s the price? $100 USD per each print. 

Juneteenth is an annual holiday in US, commemorating African-Americans freed from slavery. Exactly 155 years ago, on June 19, 1865 the Civil War ended and African-Americans were informed they were free. The holiday has been celebrated ever since, however, in the wake of tragic events such as Floyd Case, it has regained its’ meaning and relevance. The name of the holiday derives from the combination of the words June and 19. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

By Bobby Rogers. Photo_ See In Black

By Josef Adamu. Photo_ See In Black

By Marc Clennon. Photo_ See In Black

Meet the 2020 Street Photography Awards winners & finalists 

LensCulture Awards had it hard this year, just take the Street Photography competition: due to the pandemic and the follow-up safety measures, city streets have almost become lifeless… but not quite, fortunately. Despite everything, hundreds of photographers from different countries took part in the 2020 Edition of Street Photography Awards, either submitting the works done before the outbreak of the COVID-19 or even sending recently shot ones. Along with the series & single image winners, each of the 8 jurors of the Awards has made a special pick, briefly explaining one’s choice. Learn more about the winners & finalists from the LensCulture website. Or at least, enjoy our quick photo review below.

The jurors say, they had to make an extremely difficult choice this time. The percentage of the worthy works was high — many submissions had that special kind of storytelling, which distinguishes street photography from the other genres. 6 top winners, 8 special juror’s picks, and 25 finalists — 39 photographers from 19 countries in total, whose works charged with the right ambience and street feeling you will hopefully savor.

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Conceptual artist Ekene Ijeoma to show a ‘voice portrait’ of NYC residents

New York City is famous for its’ diversity in every way. Artist Ekene Ijeoma wants to capture and honor this unique city trait by recording the voices of its’ more than 8.5 million residents. The art project A Counting consists of recordings of citizens, each of them counting from 1 to 100 in one’s native language. The project’s website reports, there are 600 languages spoken in NYC, the records of 854 participants speaking in 70 languages have been already collected.

If you want to contribute to the initiative, you can either share own voice record (it might take about 5 minutes), or help the project by transcribing other calls (just 3 minutes). All you need to do is to enter the website and choose the language you want to transcribe, be it Persian, Hawaiian, or Mandarin-Chinese

Artist Ekene Ijeoma together with his group Poetic Justice at MIT Media Lab, and The People in response to the U.S. have established the project to support non-White and English-speaking communities through ‘language acknowledgement’. 

New York City is one of the most diverse yet segregated cities and, at a time of increasing division, ‘A Counting’ meditates on how to heal those divides and speculates on what a unified city could sound like. 

(Ekene Ijeoma) 

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Model Halima Aden to become first Vogue Arabia’s Diversity Editor-at-Large

Somali-American model Halima Aden will take over the newly minted position of Diversity Editor-at-Large in the Arabic edition of Vogue. Aden will be responsible for contributing a monthly column, thus, ‘highlighting hard-hitting social topics, inspiring personalities, and committed organizations with impactful work’. While the model says it’s a great pride for her to join the team of the Magazine, Vogue Arabia Editor-in-Chief, Manuel Arnaut finds this collaboration effective and meaningful. The Magazine needs extra support from a credible and competent figure, believes Arnaut

Still, what’s so impressive about the 22-year-old Halima Aden? She was the first model to wear hijab on a Vogue cover (June 2017 issue) as well as to walk with her head covered New York Fashion Week two years later. A UNICEF ambassador since 2018, Halima Aden embodies the world industry of modest fashion. Wearing hijab is a demand of Islamic faith, which is always covered in her modeling contracts. 

Photo_ Harper’s Bazaar

Halima Aden on Vogue Arabia cover. Photo Condé Nast

Photo_ Jean-Paul Pietrus_The Observer

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Five films by Shirin Neshat available online for 24 hours 

Some of the most important works by the US-Iranian artist Shirin Neshat can be viewed online on the website of Goodman Gallery. From June 20—June 24 the Gallery will broadcast the following films one after another, which of them being available for an overnight: Women Without MenDreamers trilogy: Illusions and Mirrors; Sarah; Roja — Turbulent; Rapture; SoliloquyTooba; The Last Word — Looking for Oum Kulthum. Don’t miss the start of your favorite film (whatever it is) at 7 pm CEST on each of the days. 

An Iranian-born Shirin Neshat started her artistic career as a photographer creating politically engaged works that explore femininity in the context of the severe state regime. Later she switched to video works, which, though conveying a straight message, differ by a more poetic imagery and softer narratives. Shirin Neshat has both won a Golden Lion at the Venice Art Biennale (1999) and a Silver Lion at the Venice International Film Festival (2009), which is considered a rare achievement. She lives and works in New York.

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Will you pattern me? The Great Art of scarves

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Will you pattern me? The Great Art of scarves

We ask minimalists to be more tolerant at this point. PURPLEHAZE could not avoid readers with a secret predilection to look at patterns on carpets, mother’s handkerchiefs and lovers of signs, even in the coffee grounds. We don`t mind either. The brands listed below write their history on the fabric. Fortunately, not with blood, like the chroniclers, but with threads of silk and artists‘ brushes.

Hermès. Horse crazy brand

Imagine a square mirror with which you reflect the projection of the world. This is what Hermès scarves look like, reflecting a passion for geometry, color and, of course, horses that started the brand’s history back in 1837. The house created wrought iron harnesses, brides for carriage trade, as well as leather saddles and bags for them. To date, the masters continue to use this key story and on many shawls you can see graceful horses from traditional images to fantasy ones. There is a storyline behind each drawing, so this takes the scarf from a simple accessory to a “collector’s edition” class.

Pegase Pop scarf 45х45 £165/ Designed by Dimitri Rybalchenko

Favori du Faubourg wash scarf 90х90 £385/Designed by Florence Manlik

Patchwork Horse shawl 140х140 £880/Designed by Nigel Peake

Of course, this isn’t the entire list of animalistic prints of the brand. The heroes of hermès shawls can be giraffes, birds with a variety of their feathers, tigers, as well as ethnic patterns, cosmography, portraits of native Americans, Trompe-l’oeil still lifes, abstraction and much more.

By the way, only in a big secret, our editorial staff is ready to share with readers the tricks by which you can distinguish a fake from the original:

  • The stitches should be carefully sewn on the front side of the handkerchief, and the threads should ALWAYS be matched to its main color.
  • All scarves have the inscription “Hermès-Paris“, but many” pirated copies “miss one very characteristic thing: the acute accent above the second ”e“.
  • The copyright mark ©Hermès must be present on all brand items. Yes, the buyer will have to look for it, first of all, because of its size, and secondly, due to its complete dissolution in the design.
  • The care label is written exclusively in the manufacturer’s language, French, or English.

Hypnethnic Russia with Gourji and Sirinbird

The plot of Russian fairy tales is known to almost everyone. Those who are imbued with the spirit of Russian folklore, and maybe even memories from their childhood about their “babushka” and her patterned carpets, will definitely like the extravagant brand Gourji and the winged style of silk scarves from Sirinbird.

Sirinbird founder Irina Batkova describes the brand as „myths and legends about Russia told on natural silk.” She creates all the designs herself – first by hand, then in vector and then printed in Italy. The work begins with reading folk tales, studying the techniques of ancient painting, a blank sheet and a favorite pencil Koh-i-Noor (H).

Irina Bat’kowa

Irina Bat’kowa

Irina Bat’kowa

The site has a huge selection of ornaments based on the tales of the great Russian poet Pushkin, „The Nutcracker“, as well as natural objects. So, by the end of June 2020, a new collection dedicated to the main arteries of Russia — rivers — is expected.

By the way, both Hermès and Sirinbird shawls are based on twill weave, which creates a visible pattern of diagonal threads. This gives the finished product strength and flexibility in the drapery action.

According to the founder of the jewelry and accessory brand Gourji, Dmitry Gourji, the starting point for creating scarves was both pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet era. This is especially felt by those who were born during that time. Artists achieve atmospherics not only with lines, but also with color. For example, if Sirinbird reproduces the characters of the German fairy tale, while the scarf with the same theme in Gourji is made in a more subdued palette in the artists‘ own interpretation. Compare:

„The Nutcracker“ Sirinbird/ 158$

„The Nutcracker“ Gourji/ 100$

It is surprising how much the historical heritage of one country can be reflected in several directions at once: whether it is folklore, or a new reading of the entire history of Russia. Thus, Gourji is famous for its Sepia and black-and-white prints on silk, often accompanied by lines of songs and poems around the entire perimeter of the scarf. 

In addition to silk, cashmere is used in the production of shawls, as well as eco-friendly Modal, made from 100% wood pulp (eucalyptus, beech, pine tree).

Shawl „Fountain of Friendship“

Headscarf „Yalta“

Shawl based on Chekhov’s piece „The Cherry Orchard“

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