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Book Review- The Diary of Frida Kahlo

To present your lifes journey and delve deep in to who you really are showcases vulnerability at its heighest point. It is of great difficulty to communicate the fear of life or the depiction of ones life struggles. Frida Kahlo documents the fight between health, love and artistry in ‘The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An initimate self portrait’. Having once studied Kahlo’s work, I have always felt a connection within the representation of culture and reality. However, dissecting this diary I have a new found passion for questioning the notions of self portraiture. What does it actually mean to embody ‘self’? Kahlo went through many earlier health struggles and later on in her teenage years suffered a near death experience (of which is illustrated in the majority of her famous paintings). Though many of us know the story and the paintings, we forget the writing. As I read on through the diary, which of course has pages of paintings and sketches, I began to get emotional. It is almost as though you can feel her …

Magical people

A homeless woman sat on the floor of my nearest underground station every day and night for about 5 years. One day I was on my travels, I no longer saw her. As they days went by my worries escalated. I had not known her, spoken to her but every now and then I would hand her change and tell her to stay safe. I wonder why I took on that responsibility-why did I see such hardship in her eyes? I wanted to do something, but I thought I was unable to. Researching homelessness I came across an organisation (which stood for the right things). I now permenantly work there with homeless and vulnerable adults. Talking to them, creating with them and most importantly, listening to them. Be vigilant, as some homeless people carry the stereotypical view, yet others flee for different reasons (domestic violence, mistreatment etc). Some of my members have burdened the deepest opressions of life. Yet, still have the care to smile- and the belief in magic. There are beautiful,BEAUTIFUL people in …

Filipe Branquinho @ Jack Bell Gallery

The fascinating notion of the photographer intertwining the background, scenery or landscape with the subject in question- has always been something I look forward to seeing whilst visiting photography exhibitions. Unusually but also captivatingly opposing this notion is Photographer Filipe Branquinho. Branquinho invites the viewer to see through his perception of contemplating the ‘inside out’. Divided by contemporary frames is the background environment of Rua de Bagmoyo and tranquil nude female models. The impression that I grasped from this exhibtion was quite different to the reviews I have read about. I immediately began to look at these portraits- and landscapes as pure architecture. The photographs individually compliment the importance of the divine intersection. The angles of the female human body were much like the incline of the structural building design. The hues were strong, vivid and cinematic giving me a chance to empathise with the subject but also feel the aura of the atmosphere. The skill of photography amazes me, to be able to evoke an emotion/ feeling through a still is an intelligent craft. …

Ellen Gallagher- AxME @Tate Modern

I went to view the Ellen Gallagher show at the Tate Modern on the last day. I decided to visit later in the exhibition due to a large amount of critical opinion. I wanted to hear/read everyone’s perception first. I exited with a book of notes and only have a paragraph to share as her inspiration literally took me in to another world; I am lost for words. Many writers have labelled the show as the Artist using “subtle” references to black history. Yet in my opinion, black history is the true nucleus of this exhibition. She welcomed us with a self portrait starring at Neurologist Sigmund Freud, almost suggesting to us that she was intending to change the way we think. This was the beginning of many quiet connotations. Being a mix media (Contemporary) Artist,layering and manipulation are two very important and massively symbolical techniques that she has presented exquisitely. Beneath the wit, the hue and the 3D application,lays history. Which is perfectly represented in one of her most famous pieces Bird in Hand …

Attraction:Ten-8 Photographic Journal

I completed a voluntary position at the Stuart Hall Arts Library. I have always been fond of the library since the archive, space and location is all to my liking. I thought taking on this position will not only aid me with my research but also my personal journey of stepping out of my reclusive bubble. The interview went well but most definitely could of gone better. Its just so difficult for me to communicate how much I want something when I’m so passionate about it. Do you guys ever feel that way? Luckily, I got the position and was immediately amazed by the magnitude of the collection. Whilst handling books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues that were older than I (by decades), an instant sense of belonging rushed over me. To go in to a library that caters directly to your interests is the most amazing experience. Though most of the voluntary work depended upon organisation, we were able to look at the collections and note down what intrigued us. Whilst organising the Journals, I …

Keep your curiousity sacred.

Intrigued by its simple front cover and a quick flick through, I grabbed this issue of Oh Comely and headed to a meeting in November. If I was ever to create a magazine, this is what it would look like. An uncomplicated white layout, with personal touches of handwriting. Captivating stories and entrancing photography. Recipes and divine life lessons. Every month I wait for it. A magazine with no aim at any gender. A universal read. I needed to share this with you guys. If you have a WHSmiths near you, pick up one. I guarantee you won’t put it down! http://www.ohcomely.co.uk/