Posts By: Andrea Kurland

An eerie photographic voyage into the great unknown

Traditionally, Ultima Thule refers to strange, distant places that lie beyond our known world. As a concept, the term is mythical and mysterious, with ancient geographers using it as a descriptor for the “northernmost region” of the habitable earth. For Danish photographer Henrik Saxgren, Ultima Thule can be found in a sprawling, desolate region of… Read more »

Meet the activist leading Islam’s ‘sexual revolution’

Seyran Ateş has dedicated her entire life to activism. Ever since she made the decision to run away from her family home just months before her 18th birthday, Ateş has fought passionately to protect and advance the rights of Muslim women in particular. Over the last few decades, she has been attacked, smeared and threatened… Read more »

How surfer Keith Malloy built his own sustainable empire

The high street retail world is currently being forced through great change as the impact of online commerce’s purchasing power becomes reality. Leading heritage names are on the backfoot, and the word “sale” seems to have taken on a 24/7 handle.  Amongst all this tension is Patagonia, a brand loved by the young and old… Read more »

Georgia’s rave revolution, four months on

In the early hours of Saturday, May 12, 2018, Georgian Special Police units armed with automatic rifles stormed two renowned Tbilisi nightclubs, Bassiani and Café Gallery. Both Bassiani’s co-founders Tato Getia and Zviad Gelbakhiani were arrested, while dozens of clubbers were detained. The raids came after five drug-related deaths in Tbilisi just weeks before, which authorities… Read more »

Rewriting the history of black women in photography

In the new exhibition at Catherine Edelman Gallery, three artists present a series of vivid colour portraits of black men and women from around the world. The show then asks: How do you see me? It’s a simple, yet highly effective question that cuts to the quick. Not who, but how, is the issue at hand…. Read more »

Inside the UK’s most radical indie publishers

If you think you know where the boundary is, think again. OWN IT! is the boundary. Maybe OWN IT! is even beyond the boundary, sat firmly at the vanguard, doing things no other independent publishing outfit is doing. Described as a ‘storytelling lifestyle brand’, OWN IT!’s ambitions go beyond books, through music and digital innovations,… Read more »

Surreal shots of modern Britain

As an artist or writer with print aspirations, the quest to get a book published can be long and often fruitless. Concepts too niche for mainstream publishers might stand in the way of bringing an idea to life, and there’s always the possibility of the next big thing simply not getting snapped up – remember… Read more »

Meet the new young activist collectives of Portugal

Portugal’s anti-racism movement has been gathering momentum in recent years, from the surge in public debates surrounding the country’s painful legacy of slavery, to the anti-police brutality demonstrations that coincide with the trial of an entire police force accused of racism and torture. Last July, 18 police officers from the Alfragide police station in the… Read more »

Dublin activists are rebelling against slum landlords

“You in the mood for some direct action this evening?” It’s a few minutes after 7pm on August 7th when these words appear on the Facebook page of Dublin Central Housing Action (DCHA). Shortly after they’re posted, a crowd of around 100 people begin to gather on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. The group, chanting and brandishing… Read more »

How the world’s wildest party became a parody of itself

“How could any life experience-enhancing social machine remain the same as it began – a few handfuls of artists and bohemians following a treasure map to a vast vacancy, flying beneath the radar?” muses William Binzen, the art photographer credited with influencing the ethos and aesthetic of Nevada’s Burning Man Festival. As we speak, he… Read more »

The mysterious power of wild swimming

I’ve been wild swimming since before I was born. Even as I slopped around the amniotic waters of my mother’s uterus I got my first taste of the great cold shock, the wide horizon and the weightlessness of an outdoors swim. It was the summer of 1984 and as my poor, baby-thickened mum waded out… Read more »

Stormzy has made me proud to be a black Cambridge graduate

This year’s A-level results day came with a sprinkling of celebrity stardust, as Stormzy announced that he is funding two scholarships for black British students to attend Cambridge University. Speaking yesterday at Harris City Academy in Croydon, his old school, the rapper said: “When students are young, academically brilliant and getting great grades, they should… Read more »