Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Celebrating the women of skateboarding, in photos

Copenhagen is a skate friendly city at the best of times, but for five days every July the Copenhagen Open rolls through. Hosting the world’s best pros and a heap of core skateboarders who make the trek, it’s an open, fluid and organic street skate event. This year, down a quiet street, the Vess Gallery played… Read more »

Why this artist is making the longest film in history

Anders Weberg is tired of filmmaking. So tired, in fact, that on the 31st December 2020 he will give up the medium altogether – marking his retirement with one final, life-altering project. His swan song, known as Ambiancé, will be an attempt to break the record for the longest film ever made, with Weberg aiming for… Read more »

In the ring with London’s feminist punk-rock wrestlers

It’s a sweltering summer’s afternoon in east London’s Bethnal Green – and it’s about to get even sweatier.  A sharp left down a narrow alleyway reveals my final destination, albeit an unlikely one. A floral pink banner, gaffer-taped to a graffitied blue door, marks the spot. The black lettering spells out a cryptic clue for… Read more »

The opera shining a spotlight on Trump’s travel ban

British-Iranian composer Soosan Lolavar was preparing to return to Pittsburgh where she had been studying at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, when President Trump’s travel ban first kicked in. “I was shocked, scared, worried for my friends and family, and deeply concerned about what might come after a policy like this,” she remembers. Fortunately, her dual… Read more »

Coming of age in a country that doesn’t exist

On a narrow stretch of land between north-east Moldova and Ukraine lies a country that, according to the United Nations, doesn’t officially exist. Transnistria may have its own passport and currency, but they’re not valid anywhere else. The region declared its independence from Moldova in 1990, the same year that photographers Anton Polyakov and Anya… Read more »

What does it mean to be an Afropunk today?

This weekend, Afropunk returned to the UK for its second consecutive year. The Brooklyn-born arts festival has been celebrating black subcultures since its inception in 2005; sidestepping the music mainstream to venture into darker, less explored territory. Initially created as a way of unifying the black punk community, the festival has actually become much more inclusive… Read more »

How young Ukrainians are fighting for a better future

Ukraine is still healing. Following the shocking deaths of over 100 protesters in the Euromaidan uprising – a wave of protests triggered by frustrated citizens calling for European integration and an end to political corruption – Ukrainians are still processing the violence that ensued. After the bloodless Orange Revolution in 2005, many thought these protests… Read more »

Why are the G20 protesters being portrayed as ‘militants’?

Last weekend, Hamburg played host to the ninth G20 leader’s summit. With representatives from the world’s biggest economies congregating to discuss global economic growth, the backlash – like every year – was inevitable. Thousands of protesters, unhappy with the ruinous effects of capitalism, swept the city’s streets to make their voices heard. The reported result?… Read more »