Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Meet the wild climbers of the North York Moors

Every weekend, and on evenings when the light and weather permit, 26-year-old Franco Cookson heads out into the wilds of the North York Moors. He’s a climber, and it’s an obsession. Repeating one move hundreds of times, shedding a stone in two weeks, and falling 20 metres onto rocky ground – all necessary steps in… Read more »

The story behind the year’s most powerful LGBTQ film

Drawing on his personal experiences with Paris’s ACT UP pressure group, Robin Campillo’s 120 BPM is a rousing, heart-breaking celebration of queer activism. Set in the height of France’s 1990s AIDS epidemic, the film follows introspective, HIV-negative Nathan as he gradually gets pulled deeper into the group’s agitating political demonstrations. An intimate and deeply moving… Read more »

Hinds: ‘We didn’t even know what sexism was’

Hinds’ Carlotta Cosials and Ade Martin are sitting in the centre of an empty backstage room below Sala Apolo, one of Barcelona’s most important music venues. In a few hours, they – along with bandmates Ana Perrote and Amber Grimbergen  – will be headlining their first show of a sold-out run through Spain. Having just finished… Read more »

Portraits of Berlin’s queer punks and skinheads

German photographer Christian Vagt first moved to Berlin in the late ’80s, when he was just 18 years old. In 1991, shortly after he arrived, he started photographing squatters in the East of the city, shooting a series of gritty, authentic and highly intimate portraits. “We started squatting because the Wall came down,” Vagt says of… Read more »

Surf scores: Soundtracking the waves with CJ Mirra

For the latest Monday Mix, CJ Mirra stirs up the spirit of the surf with a selection of atmospheric classical and ambient tracks. The London-based musician is known for his lo-fi, ethereal soundtracks, which he composes specifically for surf films. His music, which combines cinematic guitar with orchestral, neo-classical compositions, transports listeners around the world; taking… Read more »

Trans refugees are struggling to survive in Greece

As the afternoon light pierces through the blinds and into the gloomy darkness of the bedroom, Y., a 28-year-old transgender refugee from Morocco, sits on a bed playing games on her friend’s phone. The others watch TV, smoking cigarettes relentlessly. Y., whose name has been withheld for safety reasons, looks almost angelic. But there’s a… Read more »

How to quit your job and make beer for a living

It was back in 2013, while working at an Amsterdam tech start-up, that Do de Heij realised her passion for brewing. There, every Friday afternoon, she would see a colleague from the US bring bottles of his home-brew to the office to share among co-workers. “‘This was before you could buy home brewing kits at supermarkets,”… Read more »

A look back at the incredible legacy of Arlene Gottfried

Arlene Gottfried, the legendary American photographer famed for her street shots of New York’s under-represented communities, is being celebrated in a new exhibition at the city’s Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery. The show, titled A Lifetime of Wandering, aims to pay tribute to Gottfried, who passed away at the age of 66 last August. It… Read more »

David Goldblatt’s monochrome portraits of South Africa

David Goldblatt was just 18 years old when the National Party was elected to power in South Africa – a group which institutionalised legal segregation that systematically exploited and oppressed the majority black nation. His new book, Structures of Dominion and Democracy (Steidl) begins in 1949 and continues through 2016, taking us across a sweeping arc… Read more »

How to make a difference without money or experience

It’s a cool summer night in Leros, Greece. Sea breeze, music, laughter and the aroma of local cuisine consume the atmosphere. A gleeful woman dances with some excited children. A man sits next to them, regaling a family with tall tales. A huddle of people are engaging in an artistic workshop in the distance. Much of this is what you’d expect to see on a tourism-focused Greek island at this time of the year – except the people undulating in time to the… Read more »