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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.

A C T I V I S M

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).

V I D E O  A R T 

‘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.’ 

F A S H I O N  

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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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.

S O U N D 

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) 

F A S H I O N 

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

C I N E M A 

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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Art Digest: June 08-14

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Art Digest: June 08-14

June is the brightest month of the year — the daytime is so long that it feels like the night will never follow. And it doesn’t really matter what to do — whether to go to a museum (the one that is already open for the public), to watch a fashion show online or flip through a cool magazine. By the way, have you heard the latest news about Manifesta 13? Yes, it’s coming, and very soon! Discover about that and more from this week PH Digest.

Manifesta 13 is to run from August 28 to November 29, 2020 In Marseille 

Manifesta 13 will finally take place this year, starting from late August. 

Originally the biennial was to open in May but was moved back due to the coronavirus outbreak. Since Marseille has remained the venue for the event, Manifesta 13 is going to focus on the identity of the key port city of France, its history and diverse culture. To date, the artist list for Manifesta 13 includes 47 creative representatives from such countries as UK, Germany, Algeria, Palestine, Lebanon, Russia, US, Vietnam, let alone local French artists. 

Titled as ‘Traits of the Union, The Third Program, The Parallels of the South’, the biennial is curated by Katerina Chuchalina, Program Director of V-A-C Foundation (Moscow), Stefan Kalmár, Director of London’s ICA, and Alya Sebti, Director of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Berlin. The biennial consists of the three parts — its central exhibition Traits d’union.s; the education and mediation programme Le Tiers Programme, and the parallel programme Les Parallèles du Sud. Though the event is to be launched from August 28, you can already start discovering its educational component. Invisible Archives #4 exhibition is available at Tiers QG, the headquarters of Le Tiers Programme from June 12.

Art for Health: 100 artworks to be displayed at London hospitals 

In such challenging times like these artists don’t stay aside. We’ve already seen numerous examples of their involvement, and there’s another one. The Arts & Health service for Barts Health NHS Trust Vital Arts (London) has launched an initiative called #100NHSRooms, which aims at placing original artworks across 100 hospital rooms of the city. Now patients and clinical staff of such hospitals as St Bartholomew’s, Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross, Mile End, Newham Hospital can enjoy contemplating art, either recovering or resting. According to the organization, #100NHSRooms is the response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, however, the impact of the initiative might extend far beyond it. The list of the artists participating and further details on the project are available at Vital Arts website.

Conrad Shawcross ‘Tamara Spline’ 2014

Diango Hernandez ‘Hashtag Love’ 2020

Henry Hudson ‘IPad Dreams’ 2020

London Fashion Week running online from June 12—14

Early in April it was announced that London Men’s Fashion Week scheduled for June wasn’t going to take place this year just like those of Milan and Paris. However, now we have an alternative — the event has been relaunched as a ‘digital only platform’, covering wear both for women and men. What does that mean, exactly? That would mean we are not going to see any fashion shows in the usual sense, but it would be rather a variety of digital content formats provided by the participating brands. The platform of London Fashion Week is free for everyone to access from June 12—14.

Panel discussions, online conversations, playlists, and podcasts instead of unveiling new seasonal collections? That may be a way out in circumstances where many factories are temporarily closed and supply chains are halted. However, while the emerging brands such as Robyn Lynch and Bianca Saunders grasped the opportunity of trying new formats, several established names refused to take part in London Fashion Week at all. Thus, Burberry, Craig Green, Martine Rose, Wales Bonner are among the absentees. And yet it’s worth visiting the LFW digital platform — first, it’s a precedent that may go down in history; second, where else would you find such a variety of audible, visual, and interactive content starring faces of the fashion scene in one place?

Sony World Photography Awards 2020 announced its winners 

One of the world’s largest photography competitions Sony Photography Awards has revealed the names of the laureates for this year edition. The recipients of the award have been chosen in the four competitions — Professional, Open, Youth, and Student, plus in the brand-new Alpha Female and Latin America Professional Award categories. In 2020 more than 345,000 images in total were submitted for the contest. On the Awards website you can not only see the winners’ works but also watch their acceptance videos.  

As a result, Pablo Albarenga from Uruguay has been rewarded twice as both Photographer of the Year and Latin America Professional Award winner. For his series of works Seeds of Resistance Pablo received $25,000. Tom Oldham from UK (Open) presented a black-and-white portrait of Charles Thompson aka Black Francis, a Greek photographer Ioanna Sakellaraki (Student) showcased a night-time view of the renewable-energy systems found on the island of Tilos, which she called Aeiforia. Lily Dawson-Punshon from UK made a photographic reference to the renowned Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring and, thus, became the Alpha Female Award winner, while a 19-year-old Taiwanese Hsien-Pang Hsieh was chosen in the Youth category for featuring a street performer. 

Aeiforia by Ioanna Sakellaraki, Royal College of Art

Black Francis by Tom Oldham, United Kingdom

Lily Dawson-Punshon, United Kingdom

Samira Nasr is the new and first-ever black editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar

The former executive fashion director at Vanity Fair Samira Nasr will head Harper’s Bazaar starting in July, replacing the magazine’s longstanding editor Glenda Bailey. Montreal-born Nasr who has Lebanese and Trinidadian routes is the first colored person to be in charge of the edition in its 153-year-history. Seems like it has taken a long time for change, yet better late than never. In comparison, the other leading US fashion edition Vogue can’t boast of ‘elevating and giving space to black editors, writers, photographers and designers’, as Anna Wintour, Vogue longtime editor-in-chief has recently admitted. Back to Samira Nasr, the new head of Harper’s Bazaar seems to have a proactive stance and much energy to continue the changes started by her precursor Bailey.

The cover of the new Vogue Italia designed by children 

Remember discussing the covers of the July print edition of Vogue UK last time? Vogue Italia has revealed the images of the June issue, which is entirely dedicated to children under the hashtag #OurNewWorld. And yes, the covers are designed by the younger generation as well. 8 kids from 2 to 10 years have presented their drawings that now decorate the face of the Italian edition. Learn more about the #OurNewWorld initiative from @vogueitalia Instagram account.

Cover of Edition 838 Vogue Italia, June 2020

Cover of Edition 838 Vogue Italia, June 2020

Cover of Edition 838 Vogue Italia, June 2020

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Attention! Good news & opportunity for photography artists!

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Attention! Good news & opportunity for photography artists!

Haze Award 500 Euro, is our new financial reward aimed at photo artists working in the field of fine art and conceptual photography. For the first time, the award will be presented in September on the results of „Art & Technology“ open-call ( Deadline 15 July) that encompasses both the print issue and the exhibition.

Art Exhibition by Kristina Okan opens 25 JUNE at HAZEGALLERY

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Art Exhibition by Kristina Okan opens 25 JUNE at HAZEGALLERY

Art Exhibition opens 25 JUNE at HAZEGALLERY

My SECRET GARDEN

Exhibition by
KRISTINA OKAN
an award nominated international visual artist

Curated by Irina Rusinovich

“My SECRET GARDEN “, is a new exhibition by Russian born visual artist KRISTINA OKAN . The opening reception is scheduled to take place on THURSDAY the 25th of JUNE starting at 7:.00 pm at the HAZEGALLERY, Berlin The art exhibition features artist’s ceramic, drawing and graphic works and will be on display until 01 August.

NEW COLLECTIONS FROM 20 COUNTRIES, VIRTUAL MODELS, DIGITAL CLOTHING AND 3D ART: THE FIRST HYBRID ONLINE FASHION EVENT

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NEW COLLECTIONS FROM 20 COUNTRIES, VIRTUAL MODELS, DIGITAL CLOTHING AND 3D ART: THE FIRST HYBRID ONLINE FASHION EVENT

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, duet.by.me, 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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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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EMOP BERLIN — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2020

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EMOP BERLIN — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2020

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.”

MAIN EXHIBITION OF EMOP BERLIN 2020
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.

ABOUT EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY BERLIN
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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HAZE Opportunities_Calls for Artists

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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. 

Learn more: https://taniateixeira-art.wixsite.com/decay/open-call 
Any questions to: taniateixeira.art@gmail.com 

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. 

Learn more and apply: http://bit.ly/loosenartcalls 

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). 

Learn more & apply: http://www.factoryberlin.com/artist-residency 
Contact: Sandira Blas
Senior Curator & Researcher, Factory Berlin sandira.blas@factoryberlin.com

Opportunity: Various Awards
By: ARTCONNECT
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: https://form.jotform.com/201464939308359 

Learn more about Brunno Silva and his curatorial practice: https://www.artconnect.com/profile/brunno-silva 

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

Follow the SIPF on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/TheSIPF/ 
Learn more & apply: http://sipf.sg/singapore-international-photography-festival-2020-open-call/

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. 

Learn more & apply: https://haze.gallery/blog/open-call-for-fashion-illustrators 

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. 

Learn more: https://purplehazemag.com/2020/04/14/open-call-for-photography-print-edition-exhibition/ 
Apply: submissions@purplehazemag.com

Pressemitteilung BARK BERLIN*GALLERY

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Pressemitteilung BARK BERLIN*GALLERY

BARK BERLIN * GALLERY shows works by Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg and Johannes Daniel in an exhibition. The exhibition will be on display in the BARK BERLIN * GALLERY from May 31 to June 11, 2020.

Johannes develops his collage-like compositions from abstract color arragements, which are complemented by partly figurative painting and realistic image sections. Digital object images and motifs that have accumulated in his image archive over the years are transferred to the canvas in oil paint. Objects from the image archive return to the two-dimensional and at the same time, the superimposition of the motifs in the image creates  spatial  depth that was not intended.
While Johannes Daniel’s paintings arise from an engagement with color, silhouettes of everyday objects, as well as analog photographs, are a first access to the  surroundings in Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg’s works. Using sculptural means, she deliberately stages drawing and photography in the sculptural area and focuses on the fascination with the material. They pose the question of a guarantor for your own culture and are a hinge between the digital and analog world.

The dialogue between the two artistic positions that face each other takes place on the level where motifs from classic art history dissolve in the candy colors of street advertising.

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