Latest posts

On the Ingenuity of Musgum Architecture

An extraordinary example of indigenous engineering, the traditional architecture of the Musgum or Mulwi people — an ethnic group from Chad and Cameroon — has for centuries provided inhabitants with pragmatic and beautiful living solutions. Mostly found in the plains of Cameroon, where wood and stone are relatively scarce, these housing complexes are made from…

Pineapple Punch and the Importance of Delayed Gratification

This is the fifth and final post in a series of recipes taken from chef and author Marie Mitchell’s debut cookbook, Kin: Caribbean Recipes for the Modern Kitchen. Read Something Curated’s profile of Mitchell here, and find the recipes for a creamy squash, tomato and coconut curry, buss up shut roti and mango chow, and piña panna cotta from previous issues. The…

Interviews

Deconstructing the Persian Miniature with Laila Tara H

Laila Tara H deconstructs the aesthetic framework of the Persian miniature tradition, hybridising historical painting methods with radically contemporary compositions and ideas. Her works interrogate the quiet politics of the domestic sphere and the tension that exists between the personal and public realm. Drawing from her Iranian heritage and peripatetic upbringing, her paintings manage to…

Interview: In the Studio with Zimbabwean Sculptor Terrence M...

Two years ago, GIDA embarked on a journey to tell creative stories from Africa that didn’t dominate the headlines. Instead, the platform sought to focus on the people and communities shaping the continent’s flourishing arts and cultural scenes. From artists and designers to writers and thinkers, GIDA celebrates those who make up the backbone of…

Wendy Red Star: “It’s Hard to Step Out of the Colonial...

Nourished by her upbringing on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Wendy Red Star’s practice spans diverse outputs, including painting, photography, installation, performance and garment design. She was surrounded by creativity from a young age: her father was a rock musician, her uncle a painter, and her grandmother crafted traditional regalia. The Portland-based artist’s work…

 

Where to Eat in Hamburg in 2024

Hamburg is a city of dualisms. On one side, on the river Elbe, is the port with the ancient history of the Hanseatic League and the port society of workers, social battles and cultural exchanges. On the other, in the city center, is the Alster, a small river from which two artificial lakes were created,…

Deconstructing ‘Finance Bro’, the Look

Think of a city worker and you’ll likely think of a smart striped shirt worn with a tie and one of those ubiquitous Succession-adjacent gilets. But, in 2024, the signals are switching, or glitching. Enter ‘Finance Bro’, the look — some of the above garms taken up by the fashion-conscious, creative classes to cosplay someone…

Make ‘Kin’ Author Marie Mitchell’s Rich Rum Piña Panna Cotta

This is the fourth in a series of recipes taken from chef and author Marie Mitchell’s debut cookbook, Kin: Caribbean Recipes for the Modern Kitchen. Read Something Curated’s profile of Mitchell here, and find the recipes for a creamy squash, tomato and coconut curry, buss up shut roti and mango chow from previous issues. The series will conclude next…

Guides

Where to Eat in Athens in 2024

Athens, the vibrant capital of Greece, has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last decade: It has emerged as the gastronomic hub of the country, drawing food enthusiasts from near and far. Situated in the heart of Greece, Athens enjoys easy access to the finest produce from all corners of the nation. As the largest…

Brat Green Summer, Explained

Released at the start of June, Charli XCX’s Brat can be said to be responsible for many things this summer: its song – a toss up between 360 or Everything is Romantic, according to TikTok. Its hot mess dress code – “a strappy white top with no bra”, as decreed by Charli herself. And –…

 

From Port-au-Prince to Paris: The Impact of Haitian Art on Surrealism

In 1945, French writer and poet, André Breton — the co-founder, leader, and principal theorist of surrealism — wrote about his first encounter with Haitian artist Hector Hyppolite’s paintings at the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince. “Haitian painting will drink the blood of the phoenix. And, with the epaulets of Dessalines, it will ventilate the world,”…

The Beautiful Unsaid: Aura Hope’s Best Photograph

Tunis 2024 We didn’t speak the same language but we didn’t need to. He played record after record, sat in his chair smoking cigarettes, flicking his hand and tapping his foot to the beat. There was something warm about this place, this man, this moment. In a city I’d never seen, surrounded by the history…

A Guide to Barcelona’s Best Bookshops

There are literally a million reasons to visit Barcelona. (Perhaps too many, as the city recently announced a crackdown on short-time AirBnb rentals as a way to curb tourists’ intake and soaring housing costs for residents). From its bars and restaurants to its beach, clubs and festivals – there are so many attractions, that it’s…

Stay up to date with Something Curated