Inès Rau – the first transgender model on PlyBoy

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The first issue of Playboy after Hugh’s death is also the first in which was published a transgender playmate. Times have changed Hugh. The historical magazine that has made “soft” eroticism a status recognizes the beauty of a woman who was born trapped in a man’s body. I read a lot of discordant opinions about this exit, and about her presence on this issue. Certainly it could have been simply a tribute to the founder, but it was not, they wanted to scandalize and probably have succeeded. In fact, many of their readers have said that they will stop buying the newspaper if the editorial line remains this. Better to lose them than to find them in my opinion. Ines Rau, 26, Parisian, professional model. said: “I’m an advocate for anyone who is afraid to be who they really are because they fear being judged or rejected.” Of course, newspaper sales may not be the best, but I do not think it’s a real drama, because buyers of the future do not argue on two vectors, and they are not necessarily lovers of “blond and swollen tits”, indeed. Probably this change occurred at the right time.
We only hope that the editorial board will give us more and more pearls of this genre, because of the Genre/Gender we speak, the recognition of the beauty of a genre that many people already appreciate, but tacitly. If PlayBoy slams it in a number, and more in the first without Hugh, it certainly makes a lot of noise. I.R. she said, I always had the fear of not being understood, of not being loved, never find a guy, but then I said, it’s not a matter of being loved by others, but to love themselves. I personally love it when, involuntarily and candidly, it becomes the banner of a daily battle that many face. So wonderful editorial line, the new one, in fact, than the young ladies and their interviews on their interests and their beautiful days kissed by Californian sun, on this issue you will find interviews with Chelsea Handler and James Corden and a thorough report on the LGBTQ community of Uganda. A country not really friendly to the community where the state often supports the gender discrimination, if discrimination can be called the offense of being themselves.



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“Mario Schifano and Pop Art in Italy”

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In Lecce, baroque temple, the canvases of the most important contemporary art authors of the second half of the twentieth century land.
Italy has also had its Pop Art. And whoever wants to find it can do so by visiting the exhibition “Mario Schifano and Pop Art in Italy” until October 23 at the Charles V Castle in Lecce. On display are the canvases of four artists that marked the history of Italian and international art from the second-twentieth century, forming Rome at the so-called ‘Piazza del Popolo School’. These are Franco Angeli, Giosetta Fioroni, Tano Festa and Mario Schifano. The motives and objects of the common imagination, from the history of art to everyday life, in these canvases take the form of abstract experience or pass through concepts such as mass society, the characteristics of the metropolitan city, the union of artistic genres and new languages, at the same time as what was happening on the other side of the ocean, in America.

The path to the castle is part of the work of Franco Angeli, which, following the archaeologist’s experience in the 1970s, has its most flourishing period reproducing and reinventing the past, with large canvases recalling swastika, or the obelisk of People’s Square or even US Dollars. Simple, easy-to-understand symbols, but also appeal to power and violence, from scythe and hammer to real eagles. Paintings where the fears of a past that can’t be forgotten and whose traces still feel, come alive in the midst of starving skies, invoke imagination, poetry, hope.
The “Liberty in Geometry” of 1969, by Giosetta Fioroni, is one of the strong pieces of the exhibition. A painted silver woman, daughter of industrial colors, stands out on a geometric background. Eyes that charm, controversial like those of the famous Valentina of Crepax. The advertising imagery of the age, the poetics and sensuality of women, their faces, their lips, even the hats, are at the center of the work of the only woman of the ‘School of the People’s Square’, survived to his fellow men and still alive. His canvases in 2013 were also exhibited at the New York Drawing Center. ‘Giosetta Fioroni, Silver’ was the title of the exhibition in the USA, then re-designed in Rome, where works on canvas and paper were collected, from 1956 to 1976, along with some 1967 videos.
The “Blue Persian” by Tano Festa, is the color concentrate that takes visitors in the third room of the castle. The symbol of the historic towns and villages of Italy, the Persian, becomes a work of art. An open window on a world of colors, from orange to green, for a poetic intervention that makes it a unique piece.
Finally, the triumph of colorful temples, for Mario Schifano’s “Aquatic”, where the references to the nature and technique of squeezing colors from the tempera tube directly to the canvas, without brushes, are summed up. A technique that manages to give to the work three-dimensionality and hypothesizes the visitor.

Interesting and iconic is the picture ‘Futurism Revised’, which rephrases in Pop Art the historical photography portraying the founders of the Futurist group Luigi Russolo, Carlo Carrà, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini. No appearance but only contours, for a canvas that expresses the historical and symbolic value of a period of the twentieth century that Schifano wants to keep imprinted in memory.
The exhibition is curated by Luca Barsi and Lorenzo Madaro, promoted by Theutra and Oasimed, in collaboration with Galleria Accademia di Torino, with the patronage of the Municipality of Lecce and the support of Axa Cultura Lecce.

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Five reasons why “120 beats per minute” should be for everyone

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Silence = Death. We are in Paris in the early 1990s at the birth of Act Up, an activist organization that drew attention to the consequences of AIDS. This is explained in two lines “120 battements par minute”. Perhaps two lines are not enough to explain a film drawn from a true story like this. But the news is not this, there is time to tell about the plot. The film is in Italian cinemas from October 5, some of you will have already seen it. And then he also won the Grand Prix at the last Cannes Film Festival.

The news is that in Italy this film is forbidden to children under 14 years of age. But neither is this new news, because all the newspapers had already written.

Then the news would be that every day, in Italy, 11 people discover they are HIV-positive. According to the Higher Institute of Health, the new diagnoses of HIV infection are 4,000 per year. We are the second country in Europe on Aids incidence. There are 130,000 people currently sick of AIDS in our nation. But neither is this a new news because the most up-to-date data I have found date back to May 2017.

But, since you were aware of all this information, you tried to put two and two? Because as the film trailer says: Silence is the same as Death.

So I wonder, “How many children are they already having sex before 14 and how many of them do 16, 17, 18 years old? How many of these children know what HIV is, what is HIV positive, what is contraception, PrEP or AIDS? ”


I do not have these data, but I can tell you, peering a bit around, which would be better for the kids to know.

Yes, it’s true, there are sex scenes in the movie, but it’s up to the parent to figure out whether or not the son is ready to deal with this issue. So that’s why it would be the case to let him see the movie:

  1. This is a real story, the film is fast, goes to the rhythm of the heart, 120 beats per minute, so it is so exciting that the guys might also stay there for the 135 minutes needed to run the plot and watch the whole movie .
  2. We have now understood that HIV is not just a problem for the LGBTQ community, but if someone did not understand it, the film explains it very well. If, on the other hand, your problem is to show your fourteen-year-old son that two men have intimate attitudes, well, the skyscraper is not to be found in the film.
  3. It is screwed around the word “political”, the political one that “attaches to pôlis”, interest in the common good. The film invites the spectator to the internal debates of the association and to participate in moral and style oppositions, to fight with Act Up, to feel himself part of the cause.
  4. The film is profoundly educational, able to tell everyone, young and very young, the battle not yet won against a disease that, accompanied by too much silence, killed 40 million people in the world. As film director Robin Campillo said: “AIDS does not know age, let’s not forget it.”
  5. The film is about love, life and death, like any good story should do. “Similar decisions (such as the ban on children under the age of 14) can create a climate that can become very violent when today it is only necessary to educate tolerance and combat homophobia in all its forms” explained the director at HuffPost about the Italian ban, “I wanted to tell this story because I felt that it had not yet been done and it was necessary to do so in a way that gained the maximum visibility, going beyond nostalgia, but I also think more about those of us who are survivors and those who still fight the disease today”.

A ban has also embarrassed Teodora Film, sales company for Italy of the film, which in a statement said: “We hoped until the last that 120 beats per minute could arrive in Italian cinemas like ‘Movies for all’, it would have been a strong signal to show that men who love other men do not scare anybody anymore, so it will not be”.

Now it is up to you to understand what to do, decide whether to look at it with your children or grandchildren. I told you why, and I quote the film: “Together we can build a community capable of organizing and adapting to disease with a positive and combative spirit”.

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Be My Witness A moving video diary of Los Angeles street culture

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 Be My Witness
A moving video diary of Los Angeles street culture

Director Michael Casker, known for his short films capturing subcultures found on American streets for the likes of Dazed and AnOther magazine, talks about his film Be My Witness:

“Four friends traveled to Los Angeles for 14 days to capture a movement. We sought out the most compelling people to tell us their stories or perform in ours.

“The video is an introduction to the people who fearlessly represent themselves to the world.”
“The film is like flipping the channels between a documentary and a hallucination. It shows how unified people truly are in today’s volatile cultural climate and is an introduction to the people who fearlessly represent themselves to the world.”




Director: Michael Casker

Art Director: Jeff Bark

Producer: Chris White

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Season2 Adidas Original by Alexander Wang

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To celebrate this second release of their collection, adidas Originals and Alexander Wang launch another chapter of the advertising campaign by Juergen Teller, who followed a biker masked while handing disturbing packages around NY. Now models have the visible face, so we can recognize each other Selena Forrest, Stella Lucia, Sora Choi, Otis and Callum John Mullin.


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PUSSY RIOT and Pyotr Pavlensky, announced an exhibition in November

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Risultati immagini per Pyotr Pavlensky



Some Hours ago, it was announced the first exhibition of the Russian artist Pussy Riot and Pyotr Pavlensky. it was announced by by London’s Saatchi Gallery, in partnership with the Tsukanov Family Foundation (who own the largest collection of post-war Russian art).
Opening on 16 November, Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism, will present Russian and Ukrainian protest artists from the past 25 years, including performance artists Pussy Riot and Pyotr Pavlensky, who sewed his mouth shut in response to Pussy Riot’s arrest (Stitch), appeared naked in a hank of barbed, against repressive laws (Carcass), and nail down his nuts to Red Square as “a metaphor for the apathy, political indifferenceof modern Russian society”.
Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina will stage a protest performance at the opening of the exhibition.Risultati immagini per Pyotr Pavlensky

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism is at Saatchi Gallery in London from 16 November to 31 December. Inside Pussy Riot will run from 14 November to 24 December.

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BOYFRIEND short film by Kyle Krieger!

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breathe in. breathe out.
I recommend you look first and then read my comment!

if it has never happened to you, I assure you that you were lucky, the world collapses on you, decreases respect for yourself and increases fear and trust in the other!
has never happened to be the involuntary third in a relationship between two person?
I already have a Boyfriend/girlfriend, reading these words is like disconnecting a computer, everything goes crush!

Youtube-instagram-facebook-twitter-tubler Star, Kyle Krieger hairstylist and and much more, starting at about a million followers, released a short film, 5 minutes, which honestly left me bitter mouth, though at the end life most of the time goes like that!
considering my reaction Congratulations Kyle, the short film morale and feeling come perfectly!


Cuddle cabin party for 2 @noon_collection_ (at Noon Lodge at Mallard Bay)


@kylekriegerhair El Mirage Lake, California
Really had to let these Coachella kids know
📷 @casey_conway (at Coachella Music and Arts Festival)


3 sports fans @lucas.a.wilson @bigandmilky


Luna is normally so uncomfortable in front of the camera, but she seemed to love her time with @ryanpfluger.. but what’s not to love? He’s the best and has the magic touch. (at Los Angeles, California)




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“Mès que un referendum”.Catalonia to vote for independence

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It had happened three years ago, but then it was a simple informal consultation without any practical consequences on the country’s future. Today is likely to mark a date not to return to the history of Spain and beyond. On October 1 will be held in Catalonia for Catalan independence referendum: a vote deemed unconstitutional by the Madrid government and that is already tearing the unity and democratic Iberian held even before they open the ballot boxes. In recent weeks, the Spanish Civil Guard raided a number of government offices in Barcelona sequestering material useful for Sunday’s referendum and arrested 14 executives Catalan close to the administration, including Josep Maria Jovè, the right arm of the vice president of Catalonia. The police also entered the Economic Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Presidency of the regional executive. The agents seized about 10 million electoral cards.

The Civil Guard’s actions triggered protests in the streets of hundreds of demonstrators defending the Catalan government and the referendum against the Spanish “occupation forces” contested by banners and choirs. And on twitter, the Catalan government has increased its dose: “Citizens are called on October 1 to defend democracy from a repressive and intimidating regime.”

But Iberian Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy defended his government’s measures: “We are protecting the rights of the Spanish, the magistrate has voted against the referendum, as democracy is the duty to enforce the sentence.” And from Brussels, the European Union has stood beside Madrid: “We respect the constitutional order of Spain as is the case with every constitution of the Member States”, was the thought expressed by Margaritis Schinas, spokeswoman of the European Commission.

However, there is more, as the Spanish General Prosecutor has moved to prevent the Sunday vote from being taken seriously. The magistrates have in fact ordered the Catalan police to identify all heads of public offices (such as school leaders) involved in various degrees in voting operations and have also decided to seal the polls for the referendum urns. In addition, nearly 10 million electoral cards have been seized, although it is still unclear where the polls are now. According to El Pais they are located outside Catalonia, according to a Catalan leader they are in Barcelona.

In any case, as the Spanish President Carlos Puigdemont argued, the referendum will also be valid even without reaching the quorum, so there will be no need for a minimum number of voters. At this point, the pre and post referendum scenarios are overwhelming: you do not know if you will vote, how you will vote and what will happen next.

Catalan self-determination is a theme that has been dragging for decades in Spanish history, although Catalonia has its hymn, its language and its flag. The origin of independence has a precise date, on September 11, 1714: during the secession war, the Catalan army of Barcelona was defeated by the Bourbons after 14 months of siege. From that date, that day became the national holiday of the Catalan community (“The Diada Nacional de Catalunya”, “The National Day of Catalonia”) and during the matches of Barcelona at the Camp Nou at 17.14 minutes from the booths hang up and scream in favor of autonomy. During the twentieth century, during the franchism, any reference to Catalan independence was abolished and only in 1979 Catalonia was recognized as autonomous Community of Spain.

In recent years popular popularization towards a separation from Madrid has grown more and more, reaching 50.6% according to a 2013 poll. It is enough to think that during Barcelona’s Juventus on 12 September, two banners appeared on the stadium’s stands unambiguous: “SOS democracia!” and “Welcome to the Catalan Republic”.

“Mès que un club”, says the slogan of the fans of Barça. Sunday could be said “Més que un referendum”.

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The 140-character wall falls: here is # twitter280

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Twitter does not leave, but doubles. Despite dropping in numbers (116.5 million losses in the second quarter of 2017), the social network launched by Jack Dorsey in 2006 revolutionized its main feature, that of 140 characters: in fact, it launched the experimentation of 280-character tweets, exactly twice. The 140 excess marks will be dimmed, with the possibility of being displayed by clicking on.

The choice would be dictated by linguistic reasons: unlike Oriental idioms, Neolithic languages and even English would require more words to express thoughts of meaning. “Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English – explain social network analysts – and that the limit will remain 140 characters in Japanese, Chinese and Korean. That is because tweets in those languages can already fit in a lot more information, as a single character might represent a noun”.

There is more: Twitter data shows that 9% of chirping languages in English reach the 140-character limit, while for Japanese tweets it’s only 0.4% of the time. “We are trying to extend the 140 to 280-character limit for those less “concise” languages (ie except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean) – the researchers say – although for the moment it is a test in place only for some languages, we want to be transparent about why we are excited about this experiment”.

The trial, whose timing and methods have not been disclosed, has aroused inevitably disparate comments, for more than 140 characters moment of Twitter users. The hashtag # twitter280 has quickly become a trending topic in the last few hours.

Dio, the satirical account, for example, writes: “Workout years to write in 140 characters, and now no longer need. I feel like Kevin Costner at the end of The Untouchables», while there are some who point out, like Federico Bezzi, that with “140 characters you can write a sea of slots, let alone with # twitter280”. While the fake profile coach Vujadin Boskov notes: “Give 280 characters to write the best tweet is like putting two balls into the field to do better playing poor teams.”

Twitter’s patron, Jack Dorsey, commented, inaugurating the 280 characters in a tweet: “This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160-character SMS limit, Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!”

In the end, if you stop for a moment, the broken wall of up to 280 characters is just one possibility. No one can stop us from continuing to use 140 or even less.

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After a really beautiful campaign for the man named The Last Man, Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson wants to find a new space within this fortunate tradition, presenting to the public shots depicting Vittoria Ceretti’s model while he has the lips have different fruits.


Direzione Creativa Jonathan Anderson e M/M (Paris)
Trucco Pat McGrath
Capelli Guido Palau
Styling Benjamin Bruno





Diego Barrueco at Established Models captured by the lens of Michiel Meewis and styled by Michael Miller with SS17 pieces from Loewe, for the “SEX” issue of Fucking Young! magazine.

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Meph: women, black and tenacious. Here’s how a magazine is born

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It’s called “Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora,” is not a book, but a semi-annual commemorative magazine with the ambition of becoming the collective voice of women photographers with African origin and now I explain you why it would be a case to contribute to its birth.
Let’s imagine a Senegalese photographer, the name? Mmekutmfon ‘Mfon’ Essien, a life photographing her reality to become famous for having exhibited his works at the Biennale in Dakar, Senegal. Honors and mentions have come from the most important magazines in the United States and all over the world. Yet at the height of her career disappears devoured by breast cancer the day before her “The Amazon’s New Clothes” reportage was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art at the exhibition “Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers”.
At the death of such a great artist, there was a need to lose much work and visual impact so strong. So the documentary Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, visual artist Adama Delphine Fawundu and Emmy’s winning producer and Mfon’s vice editor, Crystal Whaley, have decided to found Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. The aim is to “create the awareness of the impact that photographers of the African diaspora have in the world,” as the founders explain on the magazine’s site. But not only, the will is to “Promote a voice that is internationally representative of African-born photographers”.
In short, the idea is to create a powerful collective of women photographers, journalists and scholars to build their practices through the solid representation of their voices in the field of photography.
So far it seems to be a successful intent, at least in the intentions, because the inaugural number of Mfon will include 100 women photographers,from 13 to 91 years, who have crossed the Diaspora. This iconic edition will feature an introduction by Dr. Deborah Willis, MacArthur Fellow and chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the New York University’s Tisch Arts School. It will include conversations and essays written by scholars, journalists and artists. The next numbers of Mfon will feature photographic essays of four or five photographers with in-depth interviews and essays that will allow contextualization of the works.
In addition, a Grant Grant Mfon Legacy will be set up, which will be awarded to emerging African-born photographers.
To contribute to the realization of this dream you could pre-order the magazine with a contribution of $ 30. Only $ 30 to change the history of photography. (WEB SITE)

Stili di vita a Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, 2010
(Lola Akinmade Åkerström)

Autoritratto, 2009
(Hélène Amouzou)

Incantata, Raven Bar, San Francisco, California, 2015
(Angélica Ekeke)

Danielle Babou, Abidjan, Costa d’Avorio, 2014
(Émilie Régnier)

Fratelli, 2014
(Yodith Dammlash)

Dettaglio di Coney Island, Seggiolini volanti, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, 1972
(Ming Smith, Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery)

Little Ethiopia negli Stati Uniti, Falls Church, in Virginia, 2016
(Hilina Abebe)

La stanza di Jagger, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016
(Jenevieve Aken)

Grata a Lei, Kingston, Jamaica, 2010
(Sabriya Simon)

Dalla serie “Caméleon”, Senegal, 2015-2016
(Fatoumata Diabaté)

Fedelmente, Lalibela, Ethiopia, 2016
(Eyerusalem Jiregna)

Giuba, the New Nation, Giuda, Sudan del Sud, 2014
(Eman Helal)

Dalla serie “Invisibile: il rifugio, la strada”, New York City, 2006
(Samantha Box)

Le ragazze che filavano l’oro
(Nydia Blas)

Morsi, L’inzio e la fine, Cairo, 2013
(Eman Helal)

Dalla serie attualmente in produzione “Bits of Borno”, Maiduguri, Nigeria, 2015
(Fati AbuBakar)


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surreal portraits against the fetishization of asian women

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The works of the 23-year-old Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee are dreamy and ethereal, soft light, impalpable and soft focus, the one that strikes in her photos in a nutshell is fiction and perspective, unlike many of her peers photographers is extremely recognizable , polaroid of an infinite moment, at least the feeling is that.

Chinese girl, who has grown up in China since the beginning of her very young career, has challenged the media image of Chinese contemporary woman, fought against the objectification and fetishism of the woman’s body.

Through her latest project, XING, a well-kept and self-produced book, Lee continues to address these issues. XING has 10 international photographers – from Lin Zhi Peng in Beijing to Japanese photographer Mayumi Hosokura – whose job is to undermine the stereotypes associated with Asian women and their bodies. “I think it’s important to break this pink vision of Asian women,” says Lee in the dazed interview that we are reporting below. “Not all Asian females are submissive, silent, ants, and timid.”

Photography Mayumi Hosokara

Do you feel fetishized as an Asian woman in London? More so than when you lived in Singapore?
Growing up in Singapore cushioned me in the way that I perceived the world, and it was only when I moved to London that I became aware of the real problems of race that persist on a global scale. Being fetishized is a strange thing — and I think that there is a fine line between being appreciated for one’s beauty in all forms versus being lusted after for the sake of skin colors, facial appearances, and body figures.

Photography Tammy Volpe

Photography Tammy Volpe

How does XING address that fetishization? Which notions are you most challenging?
A lot of the images in XING capitalize on mimicry, and [this] utilization of miming allows the images to satirize and subvert existing notions of Asian women. Asian identities are manifold and can be problematic to navigate. More so, Asian women tred rockier territories because of their intersectional identities — that being doubly disadvantaged being a woman and a person of color on top of gender inequality. More often than not, the bodies of Asian women are highly romanticized [with] exotic-erotic characteristics. Tracing it back to the theory of orientalism, Asian women are looked upon as objects that can be molded or claimed in the hands of her beholder. By confronting existing stereotypes head on, the book regurgitates existing notions and makes them its own.

Photography Takuya Nagata

Photography Takuya Nagata

If the purpose is to subvert stereotypes, why include nude and sexual images?
The association between sex and sexuality and Asian women is almost inseparable; there is a considerable amount of fetishization and objectification of the Asian female figure. In the book, some of the contributing photographers have directly addressed this issue of powerlessness by allowing their subjects to reclaim their intersectionalized identity as a woman, and as a person of Asian ethnicity. I wanted XING to address the elephant in the room, to demystify preconceptions of what the rest of the world thought of Asian women, and anchoring a large portion of the project on sexuality was an appropriate kickoff to further conversations.

Photography Lin Zhipeng

Do you have a favorite photo in the book?
Takuya Nagata’s shot of the two girls from his series Umegoyomi resonates with me. Donned in traditional kimonos, both of the girls are seen without any other clothing underneath. I like this image because it pays homage to one’s heritage and culture, without being archaic. It also highlights the bonds shared between women, and I find this combination of sisterhood, tradition, and risqué-ness very engaging.

Photography Takuya Nagata

Photography Takuya Nagata

What do you want people to know about Asian women in 2017?
I think it is important to establish and recognize that Asian female youth today are independent, modern, and come in all shapes and forms. I hope for XING to be a beacon of sorts to young Asian women, a reminder of the importance of heritage, belonging, and sexuality.

Photography Vivian Fu

Photography Vivian Fu

What’s next for you and for XING ?
With this first chapter just launched, things are still in the air with future installments. The form of XING may change in the next chapter, but its function will always remain the same.

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Vivan Fu

Photography Vivan Fu

Photography Vivan Fu

Photography Vivan Fu

Photography Ronan McKenzie

Photography Ronan McKenzie

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Banksy wanted to tell his opinion on the exhibition in London dedicated to Basquiat

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The Barbican Center in London, the most important theatrical center in Europe, on Thursday, September 21, inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. “Basquiat: Boom for Real,” which will last until January 28, 2018, coincides with thirty years of death, at 27 years of heroin overdose, of one of the most iconic figures of the 1970s and 1980s and, by extension, throughout the 20th century.

Basquiat, along with Keith Haring, gave dignity graffiti and writing engaging enthusiasts and admirers to bring this movement from metropolitan streets in New York to art galleries. And could one of the “street” icons of the new millennium, do not leave an irreverent comment on this initiative? Absolutely not, so street artist Banksy is back in action in his home country with two new murales, a provocation in his style, to respond to the exhibition promoted by the Barbican Center.


On his Instagram account, the anonymous Bristol’s artist has posted three pictures accompanied by brief but incisive comments. Reminders to SAMO (a juvenile pseudonym of Basquiat during the era of graffiti) are obvious. In the first work we can see a queue of people waiting to ride on a panoramic wheel with seats replaced with a recurring symbol in the art of the American artist, the crown. Below, a caption quite eloquent, referring to the Barbican: «A place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls».

The allusion that puts a general reflection on street art is just the different treatment of graffiti in and out of museums.

In fact, tn the second work, the biggest one, we see is the protagonist of the famous 1982 painting “Boy and Dog in Johnnypump” while being searched by two agents of the London metropolitan police. The man, interpreted as a portrait of the same Basquiat, emphasizes the treatment that the artist would have today if he was just a black guy and not the international celebrity on whose museums and collectors are making money. Here too, on Instagram, a pungent comment: «An (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show».


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Davide Agnolazza: Idomeni and the story of a pirate radio

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“Spring 2016: Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia arbitrarily decide to close their borders in the face of those who flee from Syria, interrupting the Balkan route connecting Europe to Asia. So tens of thousands remain in the middle ground between the Middle East and Northern Europe: Greece. And it is on the barbed wire that divides Greece from Macedonia, which begins this story. At Idomeni, a small frontier country “. Davide Agnolazza, a social worker, begins her relationship with Tedx Taranto “on clouds travel ideas”, the first edition of Ted in the city of Puglia.

In an improvised tendon where more than fifteen thousand people live in the hope of being able to pass the barbed wire that divides them from friends and relatives, managed to go more than a few days before the closure of the borders, the first pirate radio, radio noborder, was born. He started transmitting on May 31, 2016. Two weeks later the activists are arrested, since transmitting is considered illegal practice. But the idea now travels on its legs and spreads to the world. Radio noborder becomes an itinerant project on migration, moving between Italy, Europe and the Middle East. And so an open platform is born to anyone who wants to continue this collective narrative (

When did the idea of ​​a pirated radio go to Idomeni?

“It was night-time and with so many activists, coming everywhere to help, we were in a big tent. A day curtain was an independent law office and at night it was our home. He always discussed how to do the next day. They were tired, lacking confidence. ‘Boys why do not we make a radio? Yes a radio, a radio station. With antennas and repeaters, we put it in the tent, light it up and start transmitting. Let’s do radio Idomeni. We take activists, volunteers, refugees’. So we started our broadcasts in a refugee camp 20 miles from Idomeni, after this had been swept away by police bulldozers. Without relevant radio experiences, we did not know either that we were doing it or how. An antenna mounted on a fishing rod was sent on a pirated frequency at 95.00 in medium waves. A satellite parabola, pointing to the sky, broadcast live broadcasts on the internet, and a huge loudspeaker in the middle of the field, overwhelmingly disturbed public peace by sending interviews, speeches, stories, and music for hours “

How did the project evolve?

“A community was born around the radio. Content building was done with shared methods as a sort of editing. Everyone slowly found his role. There were technicians, speakers, translators, dj. There were dozens of people alternating with the radio’s microphones every day. The narration of the phenomenon thus became active, self-managed, pure”.

How did migrants approach the use of the radio?

“They lived it like a karaoke at the beginning. The only thing they wanted to do was put music, because the radio we always did with a loudspeaker so that those around us in a radius of a few hundred meters knew what was going on. When they began to understand that radio, beyond the loudspeaker, went online, then they began to tell their stories. Many of them had been interviewed by journalists and TV but faced these media as they were posing. With the radio they pulled out their personality”.

Has the radio changed from its origins to today, looking at the different approaches to migrants?

“The contexts have changed the story. When we were dealing with refugees coming from a conflict like that in Syrian, Greece, their story was a protest tale for the closed border, protesting the authority that would not allow them to reach their destination. With African migrants victims of the caporalate in southern Italy, we found stable people who were not going to continue the journey. Sometimes a ransom, others of extreme sadness because they talked about ghettos, the extreme poverty they lived in. With Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, it was the story of the ongoing protest against the Israeli vice. A reconstruction story in Iraq just after the crisis in Mosul”.

What are you doing now?

“I’m in Greece, working as a logistical manager of a UN-funded refugee camp but managed by an independent Italian non-governmental organization. I deal with cases of extreme vulnerability”.

When did you begin, at Idomeni, what has changed in Greece?

“All those who came to Idomeni did not intend to stop in Greece. They wanted to go to Northern Europe. Those who failed to pass the borders were deported to the military camps and entered the longest car of European reception, asking who for the asylum, few, many for family reunification and many for the relocation, which was a sort of lottery where Europe with the breakdown, decided where to send people. Now in Greece there are asylum seekers in Greece. They realized that there is no hope of going anywhere else unless they have money to pay a trafficker”.

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Cottweiler x Reebok FW 17 Capsule Collection

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Cottweiler’s first collaboration is important.
The London Brand, has launched a collaboration with the Fitness Reebok Giant.
A capsule collection was packed with everything that trained fitness lovers may want.
The FW17 collection, COTTWEILER For REEBOK combines glamorous textures and timeless sports pieces for a long past where design and function are both important.
inspired by the holistic world, the tissues that have been used have a therapeutic effect on the body.

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About Fiorucci, a rebirth and the history of a brand

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By now everyone knows, is no longer a secret. 2017 is the year of Fiorucci’s return. Perhaps the word “return” is reductive, we should talk about “rebirth” because it is so that they see it in the famous fashion label. To the point that, on 16 September there was a real Resurrection Party in Italian style, arranged for guests and celeb in the middle of London Fashion Week with the opening of a store in Soho, on the corner of Brewer and Great Windmill Street.

For CEO Janie Schaffer, owner of the Italian brand since 2015: “This is a creative and versatile space with movable furniture, perfect for organizing exhibitions, events and Fiorucci style parties”. In fact, it is a fiorucci-style futuristic shop, a 500-square-foot palace, once home to a Victorian chocolate factory. Two floors entirely dedicated to the new Flagship store where, besides the collections of women, men, denim and accessories, there are gift items and home designs, posters, stickers and the Fiorucci volume. The planes are connected by a huge spiral staircase decorated by a floral installation of Pulbrook and Gould. In the basement there is the showroom and the press office. Obviously he could not miss a customization area, which produces jeans customized and personalized, embroidered, screen printed or decorated with original images from the fabulous Fiorucci graphic archive.
In the London store you can enjoy pink cappuccinos or sample cupcakes from Fioruccino, the bar operated by Palm Vaults; while in the cocktail bar and in the lounge on the first floor you can attend music and fashion events each week, just as it happened in those fabulous years at the Fiorucci stores.

A revival that does not forget the past of the fashion house, in fact enhances its old splendor through the volume Fiorucci, which in Italy goes on sale on September 23 just 10 Corso Como in Milan. Edited by Rizzoli, the book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the brand and collects the contributions of all those who crossed the New York store, from a young Marc Jacobs to Sofia Coppola between the 70s and 80s.
Everything started when Elio Fiorucci began exporting London’s Swinging Sixties aesthetics to Italian customers in 1967. By the mid-1970s, Fiorucci was a global business with stores in Milan, London and New York, selling everything from PVC jerseys in graphic t-shirts and leopard prints or glitter. There were also the seminal posters, the stickers and the goods that, from there, would become collectibles.
The story of the Fiorucci label is practically woven into the pop culture tapestry. Remembered as the “daytime study 54.” So much so that the same Andy Warhol founded Interview magazine in the Fiorucci store on Lexington Avenue in New York. Madonna, just 16 years, has held her first own concert in the store in New York where Jackie O and Elizabeth Taylor were knocking on coffee and Truman Capote signed his books.
Boys likes of Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias were part of Fiorucci staff. They sold jeans painted by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Marc Jacobs met Calvin Klein here when he was just a teenager. His influence was felt in the work of old guard watchmen such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano and Isaac Mizrahi, as well as emerging talents such as Charles Jeffrey, Ashley Williams and Matty Bovan.

In the new Rizzoli book dedicated to the brand, Sofia Coppola wrote that there was “nothing more exciting and glamorous”. Today the idea of glamor has changed, but the Fiorucci brand seems more and more current. Perhaps this is the right time for a resumption. It will please the old fans Fiorucci and Millennials obsessed with nostalgia, for which Fiorucci is simply the fashion legend.

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The masked Rapper of Brooklyn, Leikeli47 is back | MILK

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The masked Rapper of Brooklyn, Leikeli47 is back.
after having spent so many years in the undergrowth of the big apple, has finally come to the mainstream.
has produced the new ep with Hardcover / RCA Records label.
Here’s a couple of her tracks down.

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Björk: The Gate | It can cause addiction

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For the first release from her forthcoming new album, co-produced by Arca, Björk has teamed up with a super-troupe of contributors to create a hallucinogenic new video. Artist Andrew Thomas Huang lends his tech-savvy hand to envision a kaleidoscopic world inhabited by the singer-songwriter, who is clad in an iridescent otherworldly garment designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.

Björk, Dazed magazine

For the first release from her forthcoming new album, co-produced by Arca, Björk has teamed up with a super-troupe of contributors to create a hallucinogenic new video. Artist Andrew Thomas Huang lends his tech-savvy hand to envision a kaleidoscopic world inhabited by the singer-songwriter, who is clad in an iridescent otherworldly garment designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. Here, Huang talks about the project:

“The Gate picks up where 2015’s Vulnicura left off. It is the first glimpse into Björk’s utopia. The doorway lies within the wound from Vulnicura, which now appears transformed into a prismatic portal channeled between the chests of two lovers. Not lovers in the quotidian romantic sense, but in a broader cosmological way. As a throughway into Bjork’s new album, The Gate is a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole.

“I am especially proud of this film as I feel it is a culmination of my five-year collaboration with Björk and James Merry. It’s been such a nourishing three-way relationship and this film is the perfect synthesis of our brains and our hearts. Having Alessandro Michele’s design as the centerpiece in this film is a dream.

“I want to give a special shout-out to my visual effects partners Wolf & Crow, who have pulled off an exceptional feat for this visually packed video. Building a world like this takes a village and I feel blessed to be in this company of artists.”

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Gareth Pugh S/S 18 by Show Studio! Definitive

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‘This is not a show.’ Nick Knight and Gareth Pugh offer an exclusive visual insight into Pugh’s S/S 18 collection presented here as fashion film. In collaboration with philosophical artist Olivier de Sagazan, Pugh explores the extremities offered by the elements and the raw physicality of humanity


This season, in a move that is becoming synonymous with the Gareth Pugh brand, the London-based designer invited his audience to the BFI IMAX for an exclusive screening of this fashion film, edited by Art Director Younji Ku, in lieu of the traditional catwalk show.

Nick Knight and Gareth Pugh continue their longstanding friendship with a film that expresses the intensities of Pugh’s collection for S/S 18, as conceptualised by Knight, Pugh and Carson McColl. French philosophical artist Olivier de Sagazan interacts with Pugh on both a physical and cerebral plane, pushing the boundaries of fashion imagery in their collaborative work with clay, water and paint.

Katie Shillingford styles looks from Gareth Pugh’s S/S 18 collection against a set by Andy Tomlinson. A sea of bodies choreographed by Wayne McGregor surge together whilst Tessa Kuragi is encased in gold foil.



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Palomo Spain Spring/Summer 2018 @NYFW

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Palomo Spain S/S18 NYFW
presented yesterday its Spring/Summer 2018 collection,
the fifth one of the designer Alejandro Gómez Palomo, creative director of the brand.

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