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THE LIFE OF A QUEER, BLACK, FEMALE ARTIST

AN ARTIST BORN & RAISED IN LONDON This is Naya Aka-Kwarm, 20 year old artist, born and raised in North London. She is currently working as a bartender part-time,  also a poet and a film maker with her brother. Where are you based in London, describe your environment?  Well where I grew up was pretty rough. It didn’t feel rough but reminiscing on it, and seeing it as it is now, it was, still kind of definitely rough. Although I still reside in North London, I spend most of my time East where things feel a lot different. Definitely a lot more diverse that is for sure. Explain the life of a young adult in London, how do you feel life is for you?  I mean as expensive as London is, it is never going to be that easy for someone that is young and working class. In this moment,…

YAYOI KUSAMA-INFINITE OBSESSION-ART IN LONDON

The artist who succeeded to capture infinity-Yayoi Kusama. One of the reasons that Yayoi Kusama is one of my favourite artists is not only the avant-garde nature of her work but actually the fact that she is a real-life example of what  Bukowski successfully quoted:  “Find what you love and let it kill you” Seeing her work in London not long ago, was one of my most memorable experiences in this city until today. When I got the news that her work would come to London, my excitement was beyond words. Her art is absolutely phenomenal. Yayoi was born in 1929 in Matsumoto City. She was part of a big family. Even from the age of ten, she was driven by her passion for drawing, which her parents were completely opposed to. According to her mother’s will, she had to get married to someone from a rich family and become a…

GIVE A BIT OF “ART” TO ME…

One of the things that came alongside the new year, is my urge find new things to entertain myself in my spare time other than “socialising” with friends in bars and restaurants. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, I love “socialising” and of course I love bars but sometimes we just need a break. It’s probably the whole festive season after effect that creates this drive, as I have spent all of December out “cheering” for the new year’s arrival. Pretty exhausting! So following this productivity crisis of mine, I am here to give you some ideas on some of the best art exhibitions that will be taking place in London in 2018. If you see something you like, I’d suggest you plan in advance (put it in your diary and create alerts on your phone) as for some of the exhibitions the tickets will disappear in…

NAN GOLDIN

Nan Goldin was born in September 12, 1953 in Washington ,D.C.  and grew up in Boston with her middle class Jewish parents. Her sister’s suicide had a big impact on her and at the age of 14 she left home and enrolled at Satya community school in Lincoln where she first got her hands on a camera by the daughter of one of her teachers in 1968. It was through her photography that Goldin found meaning and she cherished her relationships with those she photographed. Her work usually features LGBT community. At an early state she was influenced by Andy Warhol’s early films, Federico Fellini, Jack Smith, French and Italian Vogue, Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton While living in downtown Boston at age 18, Goldin “fell in love with the drag queens,” living with them and documenting them.  Unlike some photographers who were interested in psychoanalyzing or exposing these people, Goldin…

ALEC SOTH PHOTOGRAPHY

Hands down Alec Soth is one of the most talented artists of our time. Whether he’s shooting nude newlyweds in Niagara or Johnny Cash’s childhood home, Soth’s images are the most sure-footed fine-art photography of his generation.  He was  born in 1969 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States and he is based in Minneapolis where he lives with his wife and two children. Soth studied at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and was described as “painfully shy” in his youth. Soth both enjoyed and was inspired by famed photographer Diane Arbus. You can sometimes see a bit of Arbus in Soth’s work. He traveled around the Mississippi River and made a self-printed book with the title “Sleeping by the Mississippi “which included both landscapes and portraits.Curators for the 2004 Whitney Biennial put him in their show, and one of his photographs entitled “Charles”, of a man in a flight suit on his roof holding two model airplanes, was used in their…

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