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Laurence Rasti captures the love and intimacy between Iranian LGBTQI+ asylum seekers in Turkey

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rasti’s series, There Are No Homosexuals In Iran, reveals a community caught between ongoing persecution and the promise of freedom In 2007, during a forum held at Columbia University, New York, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad famously said: “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. In...

With lockdown over, Sebastian Barros’ joyful portraits capture British teens reconnecting over football

Reading Time: 3 minutes “There are certain things that unify us, culturally. Football is one of them.” To coincide with Portrait of Britain 2021, Barros – who was shortlisted for the award last year – discusses his collaboration with education charity Football Beyond Borders Culminating in the nation’s biggest annual...

Widline Cadet delves into the past to unpack the present

Reading Time: 3 minutes Cadet’s debut exhibition Se Sou Ou Mwen Mete Espwa m (I Put All My Hopes On You) at Deli Gallery, New York, finds its roots in the aspirations of her mother In her essay, The Site of Memory (1995), the late American novelist Toni Morrison (1931-2019) describes the liminal space between truth...

William Lakin’s study of masculinity explores the tension and discomfort of its performed gestures

Reading Time: 2 minutes Informed by his experience as a millennial Western man, Lakin mediates on dated yet prevalent masculine stereotypes Most millennials – the generation of people born between 1980 and 1995 – were raised in a society that believed in and imposed traditional gender roles. As babies, boys wore blue and girls wore pink,...

Against All Odds: Malala Fund opens applications for their final commission opportunity in collaboration with 1854

Reading Time: 3 minutes © Deepti Asthana . For the third and final installment of the Malala Fund x 1854 Against All Odds commission series, one more woman photographer will be commissioned to create new work celebrating the strength and determination of remarkable girls Education is a human right. And yet current...

Richard Sharum demythologises the image of Cuba

Reading Time: 2 minutes Documenting the everyday lives of “campesino” – Cuba’s farming community – Sharum stresses the universality of human experience For American photographer Richard Sharum, the Caribbean Island of Cuba has always been a mystery. “For me, and many Americans, the land is unknown,” he says. “I had...

In the Gallery with Miranda Salt

Reading Time: 3 minutes Established in Paris in 2018, Galerie Miranda aims to champion artists who are celebrated in their own country, but little known in Europe. Here, its founder shares her story Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Miranda Salt remembers her teenage aspirations. “When I was 15, I said to myself, ‘When I’m 25, I’m going...

Sean Gallagher visualises the vastness of the climate crisis

Reading Time: 2 minutes Named moving image winner of the inaugural Decade of Change award, Gallagher’s film Cambodia Burning examines the ravaging effects of deforestation and forest fires in Cambodia “The climate crisis and the global biodiversity extinction crisis are two issues that will define how humanity will...

Melanie Issaka investigates the physical and conceptual nature of Blackness

Reading Time: 3 minutes In her three-part graduate series, Issaka navigates multiple notions of Blackness, while seeking out a space for self identification  Is race a physical phenomenon, or something ultimately indefinable? It can be easy to define race through the amount of melanin in one’s skin, the styling of...

Exploring strength and humanity in Virginia de Medeiros’ portraits of São Paulo’s housing activists

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nine photographs from Guerrilheiras – a portrait series of female activists captured in their personal environments – are currently on view at Nara Roesler gallery, New York On 23 November 2012, the former Cambridge Hotel, located in the central region of São Paulo, was occupied by the Movimento Sem Ceto do Centro...

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