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The Sick Role

Samantha Conlon’s The Sick Role, 2018, is part documentation and part ritualistic photography accompanied with text composing a contemporary portrait of the mundane reality of mental illness. From a new body of work developed in Kuvataideakatemie, Helsinki, The Sick Role interrogates the experience of physical and mental illness in female […]

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The Ritualistic Healing of the Suffragettes

The suffragettes’ militant activities were shocking for their time. June Purvis describes them as ‘transgressing the gender expectations of Edwardian society’; they unconsciously drew on a history of riotous actions and ritual behaviour that Julius R. Ruff portrays as ‘almost instinctual conduct’. Their rebellious behaviour can be read in the context of both early modern riot and festive […]

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Anna FC Smith is a Wigan (UK) based multimedia artist. She studied Critical Fine Art Practice at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2007, and has exhibited internationally. Smith has a longstanding obsession with the overlooked in history, folk culture and communal traditions. As a practitioner, she locates herself between artist, historian and anthropologist, with historical and anthropological research forming the basis of much of her work. Through her practice, Smith celebrates ‘low culture’ relating with concepts of the carnivalesque, bawdiness, irreverence and ambivalence. She explores the role of history and the archive, and the links contemporary society has with its predecessors. '[T]he rituals of modern mass culture have created a shifting and transient sense of the sacred, now invested in the political ideology of the moment, romantic love of nature, charismatic leaders, jingoistic nationalism, idealized domesticity, or endless cults, fads, ephemera. If societies demand rituals, then changing societies will produce changing rituals'.

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Women Hold Up Half the Sky: A Look at British Artist Ekua Bayunu

Ekua Bayunu just finished mounting her first solo exhibition at Manchester’s Chuck Gallery. Aptly titled Re:Birth, her show centers around a body of sculptural work reflecting women’s power and draws on aesthetic motifs of her African cultural heritage. After receiving a few rave reviews of her show, she was selected […]

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L.A. Marler “Keywords,” an exhibition at DNJ Gallery

Last year, a Lyft driver told me “Los Angeles will always be an entertainment city first, and an art city second,” describing his experience as a gallery assistant in the City of Angels. Hollywood, television, and the market for entertainment should be taken into consideration for artists based in L.A., […]

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Sotheby’s Rocks Monday!

The Upper East Side’s premiere auction house put on quite an opening night extravaganza on September 25th… including performances! The evening’s focused highlight was an exhibition of the works of California Sculptor Robert Graham, new to me and totally intriguing. Then to the collection of iconic American playwright Edward Albee, […]

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The Importance of Digital Detox

by Katie Cercone Although the science of how digital technology impacts human behavior is in its nascent stages, what research there is consistently churns out new statistics indicating technology has unforeseen and underestimated negative impacts on our lives. A summary of the most recent scientific evidence includes: 61% of people […]

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