“Social kroki” - a hand made special edition portfolio box with hand copied silver gelatin prints about human bodys, fear and frictions. Exhibition tomorrow, 25th of april, in the bookstore Konst-ig in stockholm. 6-8pm. Welcome!
72 objects (including a gun and a bullet) were laid out on a table for the spectators to use on the artist in any way they chose to use them.
“Abramovic is no stranger to giving much of herself to her work, to her spectators and to performance art as a whole, sometimes even putting her body in extreme danger.”
In the course of the performance, Abramovic’s shirt was ripped off and a rose stuck into her chest by its thorns. Despite a signed document releasing the public of any accountability in the event of injury, the performance was cut short when police were called because a loaded gun was aimed at her head.
“The experience I learned was that…if you leave the decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated; they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.” —M. A.
sigur rós have given a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create videos for their new album valtari. The filmmakers have complete creative freedom, the band completely unaware of what to expect.
British-Nigerian sketch artist Kevin Okafor photographs each step of his drawings, you get a glimpse at his technique, and it is impressive how he uses charcoal for the hair—he smudges it, and then with a pen eraser thinly threads and creates highlights. He also uses other materials such as Faber-Castell graphite and black colored pencils
Rinko Kawauchi (川内 倫子, Kawauchi Rinko, born 1972) is a Japanese photographer, shooting mostly in 6×6 format. Her work is characterized by a serene, poetic style, depicting the ordinary moments in life.
Kawauchi became interested in photography while studying at Seian College of Art and Design. She first worked in advertising for several years before embarking on a career as a fine art photographer.
Melinda Karin Marianne Hemer Broos, born July 3, 1950 in Uppsala, Sweden. Artist/Painter.
Karin Broos is best known for her paintings with motivs circling around the home, studio and nature of Värmland in sweden. The people in the paintings are often in empty and quiet environments, facing away from the viewer and seems alienated each other with an almost Edward Hopper-like dramaturgy. What happened before and after the captured moment?
The body positions and gaze suggests a tension; conceals a conflict and dark moods. Nature and environment often appears threatening. It could be the water reflections that hide something under the surface, the line up in the woods in thick darkness along the horizon and the shadows thrown on the bridge, details that mysteriously allows the viewer to sense a disharmony. While paintings can be perceived as ordinary memories from everyday life, without conflict or threat, just situations which they appeared, and that perhaps is peaceful and holds a equanimity.
Broos has an ability to find motivs and situations from everyday life and its environment that is emotionally charged and have a strong metaphor. By using the photograph as a model and repeat motivs in the series explores Broos differences between photography and painting. Her photo-realistic way to portray the surroundings reminiscent of a Scandinavian painting tradition and names as Anders Zorn, Vilhelm Hammershøi and PS Krøyer.
Broos was a national breakthrough with her exhibition at Kristin’s art museum in autumn 2008 and Christian Larsen Gallery exhibition of the artist in January 2009. She is up to date in 2011 with a major solo exhibition at the Art Museum in Boras.
Karin Broos worked over a number of years with her husband Marc Broos. And toghether they ran the art yard “Alma Löv Museum” at her home in Smedsby, Eastern Ämtervik, in Värmland. She is the mother of Sara Broos.
Kawa is leaving the swedish facebook site “vita kränkta män” (White offended men).
“I have decided to leave the White Offended Men. The page takes a lot of time and energy to moderate and I want to spend that time and energy on new projects. While the White Offended Men exploded in popularity, I started another site called “Genusfolket” (Gender People) that I from now on will spend more time with. I will leave the White Offended Men to a few people who will continue working the page”
Kawa Zolfagary is a rock in the Swedish community, fighting for equal rights, and highlight problems in a humorous way around sexism, hate, racism etc. In sweden he got massively popular when starting up the site called “White Offended Men”, that fought back on the hate with humor.
“I didn’t planned everything that much. I just wanted to share some of the crazy comments and articles I read. At the same time, I wanted to highlight how the views were part of a bigger structure. It was not black lesbians with disabilities who dominated the comment fields with their attacks. No, it was white men. I could have chosen a less pointy name, I could have called it “A nuanced discussion of problems of the racist and patriarchal structures that we all help to maintain.” But I had fallen asleep before I had even reached the third word in the sentence. I choosed the more controversial “White Offended Men” to make it more humorous.
The white men who threw out the hateful comments online were often wearing specially designed “I am a victim”-cardigans which conveniently ignored the social structures and norms that are constantly pushing them forward. The minimum setback is often blamed on immigrants, women or gays. With “White Offended Men” we could flip the steak, instead of putting the responsibility on the victims of their hatred we shifted the focus to the white men who were behind it.”
Kawa Zolfagary is a man with a strong spine. He is a rock! Thank you for everything you do and have done. You have meant a lot to a lot of people.