Posts By: Andrea Kurland

An alternative view of life in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley

Tucked between the Caucasus mountains and the Alazani River, Pankisi is an isolated region in northern Georgia encompassing nine villages. At the heart of the region lies the idyllic valley of Pankisi Gorge, but its apparent calm is deceptive. “One would never know that the small region was internationally known as ‘The Valley of Terror’,”… Read more »

Four photographers take a trip through time

Photography freezes an ephemeral moment. It allows us to fill in the blanks, harnessing our imagination to do what it does best. For Paul Schiek, publisher of TBW Books, time is the underlying theme of Annual Series No. 6 – a four-book set featuring the works of Guido Guidi, Jason Fulford, Gregory Halpern, and Viviane Sassen…. Read more »

Spending 10 days on the South Caucasus frontline

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the landlocked enclave of Nagorno Karabakh in the South Caucasus has been the core of dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. While its origins stretch back to the early 20th century, the current conflict began in 1988, when the Karabakh Armenians demanded independence from Soviet Azerbaijan. Tensions… Read more »

Subverting stereotypical images of Africa

Sometimes Viviane Sassen is referred to as an artist; sometimes she is referred to as a fashion photographer. She manages to maintain a magical position somewhere between the catwalk and the art gallery, without compromising on either creative integrity or the defining characteristics of the collaborating fashion house. The Dutch photographer’s practice consistently features shadows, colour,… Read more »

Meet Subset: The street art collective taking back Dublin

There wasn’t much of a fuss when a 40-foot mural dedicated to the grime rapper Stormzy first appeared on the outset of Dublin’s Smithfield Plaza in March 2017. Erected by the art collective SUBSET ahead of a string of shows that the rapper was set to play in the capital, it became a local hit… Read more »

18 photographers capturing the way we live now

In the new millennium, photography has been democratised en masse, inviting all comers to create an image that can speak a thousand words in all languages at the same time. In the new group exhibition, The Way We Live Now, currently on view at Aperture Gallery, New York, 18 artists from around the globe explore… Read more »

A look inside North Korea’s ‘socialist fairyland’

Decimated by bombs during the Korean War, the city of Pyongyang was completely rebuilt in 1952. Kim Il Sung, the first Supreme Leader of North Korea, imagined the capital as a grand stage set replete with majestic axial boulevards, anchored by Herculean monuments to the power structure. Although some of the earlier designs used Soviet… Read more »

A haunting portrait of life in post-war Mosul

This year I’ve been working on a photography project with Save the Children, looking at the lives of children in three conflict zones. We tend to look at wars as individual events – I’m interested in looking at the themes across them. For children, war is particularly damaging. As well as physical injuries, loss of… Read more »

Inside the UK’s most radical indie publishers

Brighton based Myriad Editions is that rarest of beasts: a publisher that not only pushes the boundaries of what can be said, but also how we go about speaking. They produce new ways of seeing the world, through graphic novels, extraordinary fiction, explorative non-fiction, and even atlases. After a recent partnership with New Internationalist, Myriad… Read more »

Ten stories of people who revolutionised skate culture

Piss Drunx: The legendary skate crew lucky to be alive In 1998, a mob of young skateboarders descended on an ordinary street in Huntington Beach, California. Spread across four apartments, they quickly gained notoriety not only for their on-board antics, but for embracing a lifestyle of excess. The Piss Drunx, as they came to be… Read more »