Posts By: Andrea Kurland

The all-women zine fusing fashion and football

Being a female football fan is hard. People (read: men) can tend to second-guess your authenticity as a fan, quizzing you on your football knowledge just because of your gender. They doubt how much you know, and you often get accused of only being interested in the sport to impress a boy. (Newsflash: suffering the… Read more »

A trek through the mountains of North Korea

“Stairway to Heaven” was the song that entered my head as I clung to a 100m near-vertical metal ladder. Screwed onto a precipitous cliff, it led to peaks that shot skywards and ridges with jagged pinnacles. Below were other don’t-look-down ladders that I’d already conquered, which at that point looked like mini toys. I was in… Read more »

Portraits of life, death and desolation on the Western Cape

Knysna became a prosperous centre of industry in the nineteenth century. But some of its residents were left behind. Though their work made the area’s prosperity possible, the woodcutters of Knysna forest received no share of the spoils. Exploited for generations by timber merchants, they continued to live in dreadful poverty. When logging of the… Read more »

The strange, seductive digital art of Olga Fedorova

Both hypnotic and uncanny, seductive and foreboding – the digital artworks of Russian artist Olga Fedorova leave an immediate impression that’s hard to shake. Rendered with 3D technology, her eerie scenes are charged with a symbolism that brings to mind the Belgian surrealists like René Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Her influences create a strange and… Read more »

Paris Photo 2017: Seven series to revisit

Last weekend, Paris Photo returned to the Grand Palais for its 21st instalment. This year’s edition of the annual fair saw a grand total of 189 galleries and art book dealers set up shop in the French capital for a mammoth three-day weekend dedicated to the photographic medium. Featuring a diverse spectrum of artists and… Read more »

Photos that capture the real Brooklyn kids of the ’60s

In the wake of riots that began after the United States government ordered the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an urban affairs adviser to President Nixon, introduced a policy called “benign neglect” that would change the course of American history. The policy proposed systemic denial of basic government services to… Read more »

Artists join forces to raise awareness of press freedom

A new t-shirt campaign aimed at raising awareness of press freedom and human rights has been launched this month by MOTHER Magazine. The t-shirts on offer has been designed by three prominent young creatives – namely British artist Ed Atkins, Russian rebel author Slava Mogutin, and Sang Bleu editor Reba Maybury. Their merchandise will be on… Read more »

The Travel Diary: Confronting the shocking violence of Honduras

I was born in Honduras, Tegucigalpa in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1999. A year later, my family moved to Brighton in the UK, where I have since spent most of my life. From a young age, I’d heard a lot about the problems in Central America – especially in Honduras, which is often called the “most violent country… Read more »

How Hurricane Maria swept up and devastated Puerto Rico

Earlier this year, Central America was hit by Hurricane Maria – a category five cyclone that swept up and devastated much of the northeastern Caribbean. In Guadeloupe and the Virgin Islands, trees were uprooted and roofs were ripped apart.  In Dominica, the storm was deemed the worst natural disaster on record – killing 57 people and… Read more »

Eclectic feel: Sound tripping with Cosmo Sheldrake

For Cosmo Sheldrake, eclectic taste runs in the family. His father, a biologist, comes from a long and accomplished line of church organists, while his mother teaches Mongolian overtone chanting, and previously spent four years working with the avant-garde German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Inevitably, when it came to finally pursuing music for himself, Cosmo was… Read more »

Dark, twisted rituals: The artist using human skin as his canvas

While some dread the pain from a tattoo machine’s needle, Michele Servadio wants to emphasise it. Rebelling against the industry’s commoditisation of ink, his sonic Body of Reverbs rituals consist of him spontaneously playing on human skin with an amplified tattoo machine. But the tattoo artist, painter and illustrator does not want to be seen as sensationalist…. Read more »

Six tips for aspiring protest photographers

After completing two tours of duty in Iraq in 2008, U.S. Army combat veteran Michael A. McCoy turned to turned to photography as a therapeutic tool to deal with the horrors of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With a camera in his hands, McCoy could escape from the memories of being inside a war zone as… Read more »