In our interview, we explore the inspirations behind the ‘Crimes Against God’ exhibition, the emotional challenges encountered in bringing such a charged topic to life, and the intricate process Alikhani employs to weave her deeply personal and political stories.
Ibiza might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of traveling during the autumn/winter season, but it can be a good tourism destination if you want to do more than spend the day by the beach (although with such high temperatures, I think you can still do so for a very long time after summer is over). I gave it a chance this November and have so much to share about it. The city of choice was Sant Antoni de Portmany.
4 Weeks of Summer, a visual experiment aimed at capturing the feeling of this summer past. “4 Weeks of Summer” is based off the concept that every summer you’ve ever experienced, on average, the summer moments can be compressed into 4 weeks. From the first moment the whirlwind of summer sweeps you away – to being completely lost under its spell – to saying goodbye to the things of summer and preparing to go back to “normal life”.
“I’ve wanted to delve into street photography for a while now, which has passionately captivated me since my experience in NYC. In this particular set, you can smell the flowers, hear the shouts of the vendors, and feel transported to that warm and cloudy morning—you can hear the children running with their ball. It’s the kind of art I want to create. These are the stories I want to tell,” explains Alexander Tarazona to us. Accompanied by his gorgeous muse, Zhenya Mashkovska, he wandered around the Plaza de la Macarena, visiting the flower festival.
There’s ink in the palm of her hand that reads, Carry The Fire. She’s the warrior of the valley, she’s the lover of the desert souls, she’s the weaver of poise and humility. Artist and homesteader Lala Abaddon is the work of art. She walks alongside the feminine silhouettes of artists and their ghosts who too, left the Coasts, to wholeheartedly immerse themselves into the ruggedness of the Southwestern landscapes.
Jana Renée is an artist, a lover of colors and curves, and a fierce feline. Her hair is a sun and her smile hides a million secrets. With a body of work that celebrates the feminine in all its forms, from large scale murals adorning vibrant cities to sensual stained glass imagery, she conquers it all – with grace. A deeply rooted love for the action of creation or the act of creating itself, infused with Renée’s bright laugh and her ever so hopeful energy, seems to be the propeller of her practice.
Die letzten Tage waren dann so schön, es gab gar nichts groß zu notieren. Ich brachte sie an einem grauen, Sonntag zum Bahnhof und trug ihre Koffer aufs Gleis. Der Regen hatte sich Zeit gelassen und schöne Momente verschenkt, die wir jetzt in einander umarmten, aber selbst jetzt war er nicht traurig, wie Sommerregen, die Statuen davon weiß, die Bäume dadurch grün, die Möglichkeit der Interaktion gegeben. Ich vermisste sie schon, bevor der Zug da war.
This issue, we dedicate to the art of slowing down, retreating from the harsh din of the outside world, and the joy of crafting. Feel the freedom from society‘s temporal constraints, a freedom that allows you to immerse yourself in what you do. Take a deep breath. Trust in your unique rhythm. Welcome the uncertain.
“I would change the way humans treat animals and nature.” We spent a moment with Tel Aviv based beauty Tair Aviel photographed by Michael Govorko.
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“We gathered some friends and produced a super 8 short film for the Straight 8 Film Competition. The contest encourages analogue lovers to make a film with no retakes, using just a single cartridge of film, without any editing or second chances. In essence, each pull of your camera’s trigger is a make-or-break moment.” The cinematic short film “Deeper Than Dishes” follows a girl who struggles to order her ideal dish as she navigates through a cycle of dates at her go-to diner.
“As I was using Instagram ‘wrong’ for many years, I started to have a bad relationship with food and my body… and when I unfollowed those fitness creators I slowly came “back to live”. I would say, that this was the turning point.” concludes Lea when we speak to her about the moment when she decided to use instagram in a more authentic way rather than a “place” where we have to perform and that ultimately weakens our vital energy for all the reason most of us know already.
Living in a society that demands from creatives a constant stream of content. Selling dreams of hustle and perpetual workflow. The concept that true creativity, an exploration of the expanses of our minds and not just commercial remixing of current trends to create aesthetically pleasing designs, can be unlocked through boredom.
“Solidarity can be the best gift for Iranian men and women at this time in history.” Iranian artist and women’s rights activist Golazin Ardestani aka Gola grew up in Iran but now lives exiled in London and Los Angeles. We talked to her about the Iranian morality police, where she get’s the strength to keep fighting and what each of us can do for change.
“Life taught me to love. Love yourself, the people around you, and what you do.” We had a short chat with model Ksenia Lifanova of Elite Modeling Agency about future, love and what life taught her. Photography by Mikhail Tcinchenko.