Covering a breadth of fields, including film, art, fashion, architecture and food, Something Curated highlights seven inspiring London personalities you should follow this month.
Received with critical acclaim, London native Harris Dickinson’s breakthrough role in Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats sees the young actor play the lead in a Brooklyn-based drama about a teenage boy living in a traditional, masculine environment, struggling with his sexuality. Dickinson had a long-standing interest in film and joined the RAW Academy at 15 to pursue a career in the field. It was his performance of Paul McLynn’s Angels at the National Theatre Connections Festival in 2014 which secured him an agent, propelling his burgeoning acting career.
Alex de Rijke, dRMM
RIBA Stirling Prize 2017 winners dRMM creatively reimagined the historical Hastings Pier. The 19th century structural iron work, hidden below deck, has been painstakingly restored and strengthened, following years of neglect, storm and fire damage. dRMM Founding Director, Professor Alex de Rijke, said: “The new pier is designed as an enormous, free, public platform over the sea – inspiring temporary installations and events across a variety of scales. This space offered more potential than an iconic building on the end of the pier, and demonstrates the evolving role of the architect as an agent for change.”
SHOWstudio’s Editor, freelance writer, curator and broadcaster, Lou Stoppard has accrued an impressive résumé since graduating from Oxford and Central Saint Martins. She is currently contributing editor at GQ and writes for Vogue and The Financial Times. Her latest exhibition opened this month at Somerset House; co-curated with Adam Murray, North explores the influence of the North of England on culture and fashion. Stoppard will also be hosting a talk with London designer Gareth Pugh at the V&A later in November.
Marianna Simnett is a London-based artist and filmmaker working with video, installation and performance. Her work often explores the subjects of intense reality and unsettling fantasy, utilising uncanny and sometimes shocking imagery. Simnett recently presented a new film installation, Worst Gift, at Matt’s Gallery in London. The work continues Simnett’s ongoing exploration of female subjectivity and bodily integrity as they relate to the power dynamics of the medical profession.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Central Saint Martins student Harris Reed has developed a flourishing profile as a designer to watch before even completing his degree. Following the presentation of his work for the school’s ‘White Project’, Wallpaper* and Vogue Italia were among the publications that requested to shoot his looks. He has worked with Jeremy Scott and most recently, Phoebe English, however he told Teeth Magazine that as much as he loved contributing to other brands, “I know at the end of the day having my own brand is where my heart and head lie.”
Leandro Carreira is the latest chef to bring Portuguese food to London with his upcoming restaurant, Londrino, due to open in Bermondsey this month. Carreira started his career working at Mugaritz in northern Spain before moving to London to work at Nuno Mendes’ Viajante as head chef. He then worked for Koya, Lyle’s and had a successful pop-up, titled L.C,. at Climpson’s Arch. When asked about his new restaurant Carreira says he wants “to showcase the best of Portuguese cuisine, focusing on lesser-known dishes from lesser-known areas.”
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What does climate change look like? What does it feel like? Sound like? British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah’s ‘Purple’ addresses issues of climate change, human communities & wilderness in an immersive six-channel video installation. ‘Purple’ is in The Curve until 7 Jan – free entry. Thanks to @christiedigital for the projections
Currently exhibiting films at the Barbican and Tate Tanks, John Akomfrah is a filmmaker and artist. His recent works include an immersive six-screen film installation on climate change, entitled Purple, and a three-screen film essay at Tate Modern exploring the ideas and issues that were instrumental in the development of the cultural theorist Stuart Hall. Akomfrah uses a wide range of material alongside archival footage, interweaving his biography with historical events, readings and music. These include references to artists and writers such as William Blake, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and Mervyn Peake, as well as jazz and gospel music, and news footage from the 1960s and 1970s.
Feature image: Beach Rats, Eliza Hittman (via British Film Institute)