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Last year we’ve already featured a couple of beautiful paper-cut illustrations by Berlin based artist and part-time DJ Lavender Wolf. Now Berliners have the chance to see his latest work at Schlesische 19, a new arts space that belongs to the legendary Barbie Deinhoff’s bar and can be found right next to it. The invitation text for the one night only (!) exhibition of his new “Shapeshifter” installation sounds a little cryptic, but exciting – I quote: “The piece features images of seven of the artist’s matrilineal ancestors, each with a message and an ability that they wish to pass on to their descendent. The impetus for this installation was the history and practice of art used in rituals and ceremony from Feng Shui to Hoodoo, for the appeasement of deities passed on by force, to those who’s names have been long forgotten. Every seventh daughter will have her day.” The show takes place tomorrow, November 8th, at Schlesische 19 open from 7 to eleven pm (after-party @ Barbie’s). Below you find two preview images and a third one I found on Lavender’s Facebook page. For more information about the artists and more of his artworks check out this nice interview with him on the Kaltblut Magazine website.
Brack-Man was founded by George Alvin, a former actor and graduate from the London College of Fashion from Essex, who just recently founded his own menswear label. According to Alvin the name “Brack”, which is also one of his nicknames, refers to Cubist painter Georges Braque and the boxy forms in his works. The lookbook of the young designer’s debut collection “Flavours of Light”, which combines high wearability with clear, utilitarian forms and techno fabrics, was previewed on Dazed Digital this summer, styled by the magazine’s fashion assistant Elizabeth Fraser-Bell. For more pictures of the “Flavours of Light” collection visit the nicely designed Brack-Man website, for interviews with George Alvin visit Dazed Digital or check out the latest issue of the free Base Magazine.
deepsouth is a beautifully shot documentary about the incredibly hard and difficult live with HIV/AIDS in the Southern US and the fight against the disease. For upcomings screenings of the film by by journalist and filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti you can join the movie’s mailing list or follow it on Facebook. Via (and in rememberance of) The GAG.
On Sunday, Kids On TV will present their upcoming new album ”Pantheon” at Videofag, a new arts and performance space in Toronto’s Kensington Market. The release event, which will consist of a prelistening session and a moderated panel of artists who have collaborated with the band will take place in conjunction with the Kids on TV retrospective “Hidden Histories & Spectacular Misfits”, which opened on October 19 and will run until November 11. For everyone who won’t be able to see the show here are some pictures of the exhibition itself and the opening night to give you a little impression. All photographs were taken by playwright/filmmaker Jordan Tannahill, who runs the gallery with his partner, actor William Christopher Ellis.
THEM is a new exciting queer rap duo consisting of Figaro the Kid from Columbia, SC and TCHNCLR from Atlanta, GA, which have decided to join forces about a year ago. In July the duo has released its first mixtape, which combines boncy beats with nervous ravey synths, followed by a Remix EP released a few weeks ago (cover on top), featuring a bunch of other promising new artists like Virginia rapper Prince Airick, North Carolinian Pariah Carey, Cakes da Killa beatmaker VIACOM CANNON and Bangkok based artist TrinityTiny1. For Catch Fire the duo has prepared another (very entertaining) commented list of their 5 favorite web clips, which allows to trace back a couple of THEM’s musical roots.
“Cibo Matto is everything. They’re one of my favorite bands of all time and one of the biggest inspirations to me. I’m constantly crying because I will probably never get to see them play live (they didn’t come even remotely near me for their reunion tour). Maybe if I bother them enough on twitter enough they’ll make music with us.” (Figaro)
The program of this years Porn Film Festival at Moviemento, Berlin is already online since a couple of days, and it’s really worth having a closer look at it. One of the highlights of this year’s event, which takes place between the 24th and the 28th of October, is a retrospective of legendary US filmmaker Wakefield Poole, who will also attend the festival in person. For more recommendations I let the trailers/teasers below speak for themselves, especially since they may also be of interest to people who can’t be in Berlin next weekend. For the whole program and an overview on the extensive short film program visit the PFF website. Picture on top from the movie Mondomanila.
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Today is the vernissage of Montreal based photographer JJ Levine‘s solo exhibition “Queer Portraits” at RATS 9 Gallery, which will run until the 5th of November. The show will highlight images taken throughout the past two years, in which the artist continued documenting his queer environment by taking portraits of the people around him in their homes – something she’s already done since 2006. I’ve done a short interview with JJ, who also runs the hair salon Lesbian Haircuts for Anyone, to find out more about his work and the exhibition. All photos below courtesy JJ Levine.
How would you describe the approach you have with your portait works? What do you want to contribute to?
I only photograph people with whom I have close relationships, so my approach is a very personal one. I want to contribute to a visual culture of identity-based image making.
Do you see yourself in a certain artistic tradition?
On a technical level, my portrait photography is quite traditional; my approach to the medium is one of precision and care. All of my work is shot on film and I normally print using an enlarger in a colour darkroom. However, my subject matter is far from conventional.
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Last week the exciting Parisian fashion/art/performance collective Andrea Crews previewed its new Spring/Summer collection 2013 entitled “Kitten Hologram” in the concept space l 140 in Montmartre. Here are a couple of pictures of the show, found on the collective’s blog (more there) via Diane Pernet.