Posts By: Andrea Kurland

‘I’ve seen the bereaved become conquerors’

The Grenfell Tower tragedy awakened London to the issues surrounding social housing, inequality and gentrification in the most violent way possible. The June 14 fire, which consumed almost 80 per cent of the North Kensington tower block, should have been a self-contained incident. Instead, the flames turned into a fireball, helped by the newly fitted… Read more »

A visual celebration of Native American culture

In 1895, Edward S. Curtis took his first portrait of Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Sealth of Seattle. The image marked the start of what would be the most widely recognised photography project documenting the First People of the North America – a group who were literally vanishing off the earth. Double Exposure, now on… Read more »

How a 14-year-old took on political corruption in Egypt

For most 14-year-olds, the daily routine probably involves a combination of school, lingering outside the local sweetshop with friends, several hours of social media and maybe an early morning paper round. It isn’t quite as common for teenagers to protest against a corrupt government and get beaten by state police. But that is Amal’s story…. Read more »

The forgotten housing estate that was once a Soviet utopia

Just a 30-minute drive out of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, is a housing estate named Vaziani, which is little-known even to Georgians. Built during the Soviet era, the tower blocks of Vaziani once housed Russian soldiers stationed at a nearby military base. “Back then, the military were very privileged and life was good in… Read more »

Inside the mind of the world’s most controversial director

Despite the fact theatre director Milo Rau experienced a Russian travel ban for his exploration of Pussy Riot’s trial; was prevented in Manchester from having naked children on stage for his analysis of child rapist Marc Dutroux; and has recently come under fire for putting out a casting call for ISIS fighters, when I ask… Read more »

How Iceland defied the odds to reach the World Cup

With a population of 340,000, Iceland is officially the smallest-ever country ever to take part in the Fifa World Cup. After Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in November 2017 – the first time since 1958 – Italian photographer Matteo de Mayda and journalist Cosimo Bizzarri were keen to understand how a country… Read more »

The truth, lies and illusions behind our online lives

I met my first boyfriend online. Both members of a torrenting platform called SoulSeek, he IM-d me one evening with a Manic Street Preachers’ lyric to match my username (‘stay-beautiful’). First, we swapped music libraries. Then we started talking – him in Belfast, me in Southampton – and before too long he had come to… Read more »

In the ring with the amateur wrestlers of Essex

Standing astride the corner post, he launches himself into a backflip from the top of the ring. Below him, a figure in gothic makeup, cloaked all in black, lumbers across the canvas. To one side, another clad in vivid red leather trousers prepares to enter through the ropes. While this may sound like another episode… Read more »

Meet the new generation of LGBTQ photographers

As photography evolves, a new generation is coming of age, pushing the formal and conceptual properties of the medium beyond their existing boundaries. With these advancements, fresh perspectives about how to represent not only the self but also the very nature of the queer experience have come to the fore in the exhibition Daybreak: New… Read more »

Uncovering the dark side of Russian rhythmic gymnastics

In the past few years, the words “doping” and “Russian sport” have almost become synonymous. When it became apparent in 2015 that the nation was not only doping on a wide-scale but that the process was institutionalised, much was said about the scientists, coaches and politicians that made this possible. Not so much was said… Read more »