Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Six reasons to not freak out about the future

Ed Gillespie and Mark Stevenson are both future ‘possiblists’, drawn together through their respective work in cultural change, as well as an inspirational and occasionally irascible belief in building a better tomorrow. In his best-selling book, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, Mark Stevenson goes on a whirlwind journey through the future of technology and… Read more »

The London artists fighting anxiety and self-doubt

Before Bekke Popoola learned to team up with like-minded artists, she feared that her ideas and opinions wouldn’t be heard. The twenty-two-year-old artist grew up in Hackney at a time of great cultural diversity, but by the time she reached adulthood, it felt like there were few opportunities for young, black creatives in the area…. Read more »

The young photographers turning their solo journeys into a collective mission

“Despite boasting 7 billion people, our world has become small. We’re all connected in one way or another. Yet this doesn’t mean we’re more community oriented – so much technology often makes personal relationships feel distant. Photography, in particular, can be a lonely profession – between planning, travel, editing and pitching, much of the work… Read more »

Photographer Kevin Frayer is pushing beyond ‘otherness’ to show the real China

Kevin Frayer had to reach the roof of the world to understand what was driving him. An award-winning Canadian photojournalist, Frayer cut his teeth working for his hometown newspaper, The Winnipeg Sun, before graduating to The Associated Press in 2003 where he covered high-stakes stories across India and the Middle East. In 2013, he left… Read more »

The Freaked Out Issue

Our generation is no stranger to fear. It seems to linger ominously around every corner, casting a shadow on our backs. We’re force-fed fear by the gallon-load – from politicians’ lips and tabloid headlines to our own self-defeating inner-demons. Enemies, we’re told, are everywhere. Our future is riddled with insecurity. And our planet has been… Read more »

Photography from the margins that everyone should see

In the solitary pursuit that is photography, awards matter. And they matter today more than ever. For documentary photographers working on the frontlines, capturing stories of change before they pass, funding and exposure are unfortunate necessities of making it in the photojournalism game. But finding both, when you’re out in the field, can feel like… Read more »

John Baldessari’s advice for young artists

A cloud that is also a brain with a palm-tree seascape. Stills of guns from movies tiled around a close-up of a kiss. Three balls hovering, mid-air, in a perfect line. Men in suits with primary-coloured dots on their faces. A video in which the artist writes, ‘I will not make anymore boring art,’ over… Read more »

British rapper Akala on the virtues and limits of practicing what you preach

It’s just after 11:30 on a December Saturday night in Melbourne, Australia. Following the lead of Akala, the entire congregation of the packed-out Northcote Social Club are chanting “FUCK IT, I’VE HAD ENOUGH” over and over to help him kick-off his song ‘Sometimes’. It’s a track about realising the game of life is rigged, about… Read more »

Gender Stories: Adam Orbach is fighting for LGBTQ acceptance in Israel

“Being born in the West Bank settlement of Yakir, into a small community, it’s no surprise that everyone knows each other – we all knew each other’s business. People there are religious, it makes being different stand out. My family dress religiously, my mother only in skirts and long sleeves, hair covered. We kept Shabbat… Read more »

Kirkuk’s only metal band are defying ISIS in Iraq

The call to prayer rises over Kirkuk from hundreds of mosque minarets piercing the city’s skyline. Leaden thunderclouds hang oppressively low over the crumbling rooftops. Recent rains have flooded the streets with muddy water. The only bright spots on the horizon are the gas flares burning from oilfields on the outskirts of town. Somewhere in… Read more »