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Were the 80s the Zenith of Queer Cinema?

During the 80s, queer filmmakers from around the globe took up the camera to tell previously untold stories in bold and creative ways, bringing unapologetic portrayals of LGBTQ+ individuals to the big screen. The world stood on the cusp of transformation. Borders were poised to change, the fight to end Apartheid in South Africa persisted,…

How Wallace Chan’s Stint as a Monk in Tibet Shaped His Latest Show

Chinese multidisciplinary artist Wallace Chan — who pioneered the Wallace Chan Porcelain, a material five times stronger than steel, and more recently, titanium’s unprecedented use in large-scale sculpture, among other innovations — returns to Venice with the exhibition, Transcendence. On display until 30 September 2024 at the Chapel of Santa Maria della Pietà, the show…

Interviews

Who Would Erwin Wurm Invite to His Fantasy Dinner Party

A staple of the contemporary art landscape, Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has profoundly expanded the thinking around sculpture and space over the course of his four-decade spanning career. Sitting at the intersection of abstraction and representation, his tongue in cheek works reimagine familiar objects in unexpected and playful ways, encouraging viewers to see the commonplace…

Meet Tesfaye Urgessa, the Artist Behind the First-Ever Ethio...

Hailing from Addis Ababa, artist Tesfaye Urgessa is representing Ethiopia at the 60th Venice Biennale — marking the country’s inaugural participation in the International Art Exhibition. Urgessa’s artistic journey began at the Ale School of Art and Design at Addis Ababa University under the guidance of modern master Tadesse Mesfin. His painterly language connects Ethiopian…

 

Behind the Biennale: Sandra Gamarra Heshiki’s Ode to the Migrant Is an Exercise in Unlearning

On the occasion of the 60th Venice Biennale — open now and running until 24 November 2024 — Something Curated continues its series, Behind the Biennale. Comprising a collection of essays from the curators of select national pavilions, the series offers first-hand perspectives on some of this year’s most exciting presentations. Following Yvonne Billimore and Jussi Koitela’s essay on curating…

Something for the Week, Issue 10

Welcome back to Something for the Week — your weekly selection of things to look at, read, listen to, and experience across the arts. If you like what you see, consider subscribing to the Something Curated newsletter. Charleston Festival at Charleston, Firle Charleston Festival, one of the UK’s longest-running literature festivals, returns for its 35th year with…

The Everyday Breakfast Which Could Change Your Life

This came to me as a breakfast suggestion from one of my good friends, Jemima. She’s over 60, though by some real trickery, looks no older than 42. So when Jemima offers up nutritional life hacks, I listen. She framed this one to me via the idea of a morning smoothie in reverse, aka all the…

Guides

An Artist’s Guide to Philosophy: Emanuel de Carvalho’s Essen...

Portuguese-Canadian visual artist Emanuel de Carvalho’s paintings and sculptures challenge preconceptions as to how we perceive and relate to the world around us. With a background in medicine and neuro-ophthalmology, the artist uses his practice to research perception as a psychophysical phenomenon, exploring the ways in which it is shaped by social norms and constructs….

Something for the Week, Issue 9

Welcome back to Something for the Week — your weekly selection of things to look at, read, listen to, and experience across the arts. If you like what you see, consider subscribing to the Something Curated newsletter. Yves Klein and the Tangible World at Lévy Gorvy Dayan, New York Yves Klein and the Tangible World takes as its focus…

Music, Clubbing and Food: The Ultimate Weekend Guide to Bolo...

Bologna, affectionately known as “la ghiotta” (“the glutton”) because of its excellent food scene and culinary tradition, titillates tourists with its tagliatelle al ragu, tortellini in brodo, and its luxurious charcuteries and cheese boards served with crescentine (deep fried dough pockets) and tigelle. But this city is more than just good gastronomy. Beyond the table,…

 

Taiwanese Artist and Designer Liang-Jung Chen’s Ultimate Movie Night

Included in the group exhibition On Tenderness & Time — curated by Jenn Ellis and presented by Daniel Katz Gallery and Xenia — Taiwanese-born artist and designer Liang-Jung Chen’s poetic practice weaves together ideas around domesticity and societal structures. Her cross-disciplinary projects straddle visual art, product design and performance. Chen’s latest work, which explores the…

Rahel Stephanie Wants to Tell You About Indonesian Food

Rahel Stephanie is the Indonesian, London-based chef and food writing sensation behind the pop up brand Spoons, which she created, somewhat by accident, in 2019. Since then, she has flown.  In April of this year, Stephanie released her debut zine, Pedas – a document devoted to the brand of Indonesian food culture she wants to share…

Behind the Biennale: Yvonne Billimore and Jussi Koitela Want Everyone to Feel Pleasure

On the occasion of the 60th Venice Biennale — open now and running until 24 November 2024 — Something Curated continues its series, Behind the Biennale. Comprising a collection of essays from the curators of select national pavilions, the series offers first-hand perspectives on some of this year’s most exciting presentations. Following the curators of the National Pavilion of Saudi…

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