PHOTOGRAPHY : Waska Tatay | Thomas Rousset + Raphaël Verona

Emphasizing the tension between old and new, kind and evil, spiritual and physical Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona created a book about their recent trip to Bolivia, focusing on a mystical world of doctors, spiritual healers and medicine men. By applying a beautiful mixture of photojournalism and staged photography the photo book follows them to Altiplano, Bolivia; revealing the rites and rituals of these ancient tribes.

The book ‘Waska Tatay’ may be purchased from IDPURE.

EVENTS : Smart New World | KUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF
"Smart New World” brings out the а curious topic: an information society equals a surveillance society, and Big Data means data capital. Navigating across different ethical aspects of information control, the show successfully avoids an impasse of truisms. Taking into account the recently popular idea that the private sphere is dead and that the computers nowadays know more about people than they do, the show concentrates on the point of no return: where a person eventually falls under suspicion, even if it’s by a wrong call, where the system can go back in time and scrutinize every decision they’ve ever made, every friend they’ve ever discussed something with, and attack them on that basis to sort of derisive suspicion from an innocent life and paint everyone in the context of a wrong-doer.Smart New WorldKUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF Grabbeplatz 4 April 5–August 10

EVENTS : Smart New World | KUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF

"Smart New World” brings out the а curious topic: an information society equals a surveillance society, and Big Data means data capital. Navigating across different ethical aspects of information control, the show successfully avoids an impasse of truisms. Taking into account the recently popular idea that the private sphere is dead and that the computers nowadays know more about people than they do, the show concentrates on the point of no return: where a person eventually falls under suspicion, even if it’s by a wrong call, where the system can go back in time and scrutinize every decision they’ve ever made, every friend they’ve ever discussed something with, and attack them on that basis to sort of derisive suspicion from an innocent life and paint everyone in the context of a wrong-doer.

Smart New World
KUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF
Grabbeplatz
4 April 5–August 10

EYEWEAR : MYKITA + Maison Martin Margiela 2014

Bringing up some sort of creative freedom to the world of fashion and design, Mykita and Maison Martin Margiela presented recently their new joint eyewear collection. The collaboration takes the aesthetics of both brands, with an emphasis on reducing historical eyewear shapes down to their basics, in a self-claimed historical, but innovative way. With both brands’ focus on a rather futuristic design, the collection presents frames that are beautifully different from what you have seen before.

PHOTOGRAPHY : Digitally Enhanced Photos | FUKE

Japanese photographer FUKE P-San transforms his photos into an amazing experiences by applying various color enhancing techniques. Photographing the world around him, FUKE works with digital color and light effects to give the photograph a different aesthetic, one that showcases the beauty he notices and feels when looks at a new scenery.

"Snow of the candy country, What is Kawaii? Kawaii contains the meaning of non-aggressiveness like the baby animals, especially of the mammal, which should be loved. Kawaii contains the meaning of die when there is no help like the baby animals, which should be loved. Kawaii contains the meaning of to attract people in charm, which should be loved. Kawaii contains the meaning of non-aggressiveness for the good friend, which should be loved each other. What is hakanai? Hakanai contains the meaning of transient existence. I decided to have the "love" in my theme of my art works. Because most of the contemporary arts avoided it in last century. And I think I had better to think about it with people. "all artificial lights are the love" Fireworks are the love for the festival from the fireworker to the watching people. And I make the firework’s detail clear to see. All the lights of the town are for the people who live there. Handy lights are the love for oneself without fell down. The inventor invented the lights so that people are easy to come to live. It must be the love for everybody. I want to use the lights in my photos so that I want all of you to feel some kind of happiness. I thought about this, when I answered that I sometimes use the artificial lights in the snowy landscapes. I noticed that the face of the person who asked that to me shows the disappointment. He expected it was made by only the natural lights, I thought. I will give him the next answer: all artificial lights are the love."

FUKE

FASHION : Resort 2014 Collection | LANVIN

Looking at Lanvin’s latest Resort Collection one can notice that there’s no single inspirational background, or central message. Elbaz took a wide-ranging approach to his 2014 Resort collection, which was also seen for Fall. It was seen on some various types of flats, like the pair of holographic sneakers worn with a draped jersey dress, Elbaz brings out a rather carefree vibe. It was an attitude that was also seen on the stretch neoprene that according to him was developed by a bra company, which Elbaz used for all sorts of details, including the eye-popping red cocktail dress that is able to hide all kinds of things, and show off everything else. Each look is different, tailored to that one unique moment in your life when you step through the door and into different settings.

EVENTS : Hervé Guibert | CALLICOON FINE ARTS

Of the almost fifty photographs by Hervé Guibert on view at the Callicoon Fine Arts, the exhibition showcases the largest collection in the US to date. Guibert has been documenting his relations with his friends, lovers, and the social energies around him, as a photographer, journalist, theorist, and AIDS activist. His journals that were only recently translated into a nearly six-hundred-page tome, showcase a winding, dynamic subjectivity: insatiably attentive, emotionally sensitive to the events of everyday life, while somehow unaware of his own romanticism. Guibert was choosing his locations within mostly hotel rooms, to emphasize by a aspiration to testify his presence across temporary locations, and his lover, Thierry, is often depicted within these neutral, cozy settings.

Hervé Guibert
CALLICOON FINE ARTS | 49 DELANCEY STREET
49 Delancey Street 
May 29–July 25

ACCESSORIES : Atmospheric Reentry | MAIKO TAKEDA

Japanese millinery designer Maiko Takeda presented her eye-catching 2013 MA collection ‘Atmospheric Reentry’ at London’s Royal Collage of Art. Her series of exciting sculptural headpieces that were covered in acetate bristles where also presented on this year’s accessories division of ITS competition sponsored by YKK. Born in Tokyo, Takeda moved to London back in 2005 to study jewelry design at Central Saint Martins. ‘Atmospheric Reentry’ was designed with a desire to create hats that blurred boundaries to their surrounding environment, inspired by the Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach, that was originally directed by Robert Wilson. Although they look somehow futuristic, all of Takeda’s designs were painstakingly crafted by hand, as she wanted to keep something tactile and analog about them. The effect is in the final result, that created somehow a digital look, made of tactile and low-tech materials.

EVENTS : Ten Million Rooms Of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong | PARA SITE
Establishing a certain connection between high population and a diversity of carnal urges, “Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong” is a five-venue exhibition located across the city that sees an arguably decreasing local libido, through the aesthetics of the crowded and the homoerotic. More generally, it open-mindedly reflects to the non-mainstream experiences of BDSM, Internet sex, and paid sex. Presenting various works from thirty nine artists in media including painting, drawing, photography, digital animation, video, sculpture, print, and installation mostly openly phallic, the exhibition creates a messy and overcrowded thrift-store feeling.“Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong”PARA SITEG/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung WanMay 10 - August 10

EVENTS : Ten Million Rooms Of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong | PARA SITE

Establishing a certain connection between high population and a diversity of carnal urges, “Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong” is a five-venue exhibition located across the city that sees an arguably decreasing local libido, through the aesthetics of the crowded and the homoerotic. More generally, it open-mindedly reflects to the non-mainstream experiences of BDSM, Internet sex, and paid sex. Presenting various works from thirty nine artists in media including painting, drawing, photography, digital animation, video, sculpture, print, and installation mostly openly phallic, the exhibition creates a messy and overcrowded thrift-store feeling.

“Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong”
PARA SITE
G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
May 10 - August 10

PHOTOGRAPHY : Slitherstition | Andrew McGibbon

Andrew McGibbon decided to challenge society by taking a different look at snakes with his ‘Slitherstition’ series. Intrigued by the way these cold-blooded reptiles make it into the symbol of dark and evil, the South African photographer presented them within an unusual setup, featuring warm light on bright colours. “I am looking at their enchanting beauty and design, and their vulnerability, as creatures simply existing outside of the buckling pressure of the evil they are meant to represent.”

MENSWEAR : Fall/Winter 2014 Lookbook | LANVIN

Based on a quirky combination of sporty garments and exquisite tailored suiting, the Fall/Winter 2014 LANVIN collection is fit for any occasion. Incorporating designs that are swiveling around steady precise lines, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz and men’s designer Lucas Ossendrijver present luxury redefined for casual essentials. Tailored for the younger generation of style-conscious men, the collection features many wardrobe essentials that come along with fine tailoring, elegant knits, glossy materials and completed with a range of colorful sneakers.

IDOLS : The Passion of Kim Kardashian | HANNAH KUNKLE

Channeling her love and adoration for Yeezy’s soulmate Hannah Kunkle comes up with a series of digital artworks, portraying her idol as various deities, from Jesus to Kali. Kunkle simply couldn’t resist her “crazy bodacious and the nose job of an angel”, claiming that she sees Jay-Z as the father, Yeezus as the son, and Kim as the ever-present holy ghost of pop culture. As to critics they seem to not getting over with her religious views. It is said that couple of Religious leaders have spoken out against her art, calling it “sacrilegious, irrelevant, and disrespectful,” among other things. A catholic priest said that he considered the work to be “dumb and stupid,” while a pastor in the Bronx said that Kunkle should “leave Kim and Jesus separate… To cross so many lines and actually imagine her with a cross, which is the most important thing Jesus did, is inappropriate. There are other ways to depict that imagery without combining those images.”

FASHION : Spring/Summer 2014 | a.KNACKFUSS

After a training as a bespoke tailor, Alice Knackfuss graduated from the Fashion and Design Academy of Munich when she went on to work in the design departments of Kris van Assche and Ute Ploier. This season, with sheer effects and tailored styles, Alice celebrates eclecticism, combining references that do no necessarily match. A chaotic, joyful and liberated stance comes to define it. Innocent and eccentric at the same time, her pieces reinterpret American staples -such as the classic baseball jacket and generic sports cap- giving them a contemporary twist.

EVENTS : MICHAEL ACKERMAN curated by Claudio Composti | mc2gallery
Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Warsaw. Since his first exhibition, in 1999, Michael Ackerman has made his mark by bringing a new, radical and unique approach. His work on Varanasi, entitled “End Time City,” breaks away from all sorts of exoticism or any anecdotal attempt at description, to question time and death with a freedom granted by a distance from the panoramic – whose usage he renewed – to squares or rectangles. In black and white, with permanent risk that led him to explore impossible lighting, he allowed the grainy images to create enigmatic and pregnant visions. Michael Ackerman seeks – and finds – in the world he traverses, reflections of his personal malaise, doubts and anguish. He received the Nadar Award for his book “End Time City” in 1999, and the Infinity Award for Young Photographer by the International Center of Photography in 1998. In 2009, he won the SCAM Roger Pic Award for his series “Departure, Poland”. His last book “Half Life” has been published in 2010 by Robert Delpire.Michael Ackerman at mc2gallery from 27 May 2014 - 25 July 2014Via Malaga 4 20143 Milano citofono 72

EVENTS : MICHAEL ACKERMAN curated by Claudio Composti | mc2gallery

Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Warsaw. Since his first exhibition, in 1999, Michael Ackerman has made his mark by bringing a new, radical and unique approach. His work on Varanasi, entitled “End Time City,” breaks away from all sorts of exoticism or any anecdotal attempt at description, to question time and death with a freedom granted by a distance from the panoramic – whose usage he renewed – to squares or rectangles. In black and white, with permanent risk that led him to explore impossible lighting, he allowed the grainy images to create enigmatic and pregnant visions. Michael Ackerman seeks – and finds – in the world he traverses, reflections of his personal malaise, doubts and anguish. He received the Nadar Award for his book “End Time City” in 1999, and the Infinity Award for Young Photographer by the International Center of Photography in 1998. In 2009, he won the SCAM Roger Pic Award for his series “Departure, Poland”. His last book “Half Life” has been published in 2010 by Robert Delpire.

Michael Ackerman at mc2gallery from 27 May 2014 - 25 July 2014
Via Malaga 4 
20143 Milano
citofono 72

MENSWEAR : Fall/Winter 2013 | KAS KRYST

For her Fall/Winter 2013 collection Kas Kryst turned to streetwear and especially focused on skater subculture in its darkest representation. Layering the dark shades with various textures, including leather, knitwear and sheer mesh, Kryst comes up with a modern, well-fit and comfortable forms. Along with a plain and clean tailoring Kas Kryst Fall/Winter 2013 collection takes the street subculture into a completely new level. 

PHOTOGRAPHY : Tatev Yeghiazaryan | Part One

Tatev was one of the photographers, that I was always taking into consideration, as I was following her works I couldn’t help but love her mostly covert, surveillance-type photographs structured in a rather ‘colonial-bourgeois haze’. Almost like a painting, her photos reflected the gaze that locates and subjugates the objects in a presumption of realism, taking the viewer into the position of a mere spectator capturing the paradoxically impoverished reality. The nature is placed in a way to look more trapped rather than in it’s natural habitat. Her simple flowers come along a naïve naturalism that is out to express the simple, but cornered beauty. In her works realist aesthetics are tailored to reflect a rather bourgeois experience, playing along with lights and shadows in a way that makes a photo look more like oil on canvas.