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Strange and familiar reviewed: clever cliché at the Barbican

Photography has always been a medium I’ve struggled with. By nature, it’s a tool imbued with more seeming authenticity than other forms of art — a lens for documentary that doesn’t express the same subjectivity of, say, a canvas made choppy in the name of abstract expressionism. What I struggle with is what I’m meant […]

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Can dick pics be art? Meet the good, the bad, and the ugly

From invisible to funny, and abusive to bewildering, there are spades of words used to talk about dick pics. Yes, the ‘cheeky’ snaps boys take of their willies to send to other people — usually unsolicited, typically unwelcome. But as well as being an evergreen talisman of garish lad culture, unwanted dick pics are expressions […]

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How to write like a girl: 5 things I learned from feminist writing

As anyone who labels themselves a feminist knows, the second you attach that word to yourself things change. Friends and colleagues may look at you differently: some with admiration, but most typically with a curious, slightly unsavoury kind of surprise. “I didn’t know you were political”, they might say. “Why are you so angry?” As […]

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Why Tangerine is the hippest trans flick out

It’s not hard to see why Tangerine is causing a stir on the indie film front; as well as at Sundance earlier in January of this year. Not only is it punchy, raw, and provocative in its exposure of LA’s gritty-yet-seductive sex subculture, it’s a rare spotlight on the type of storyteller most don’t care […]

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Review: The Gap at Parasol Unit

Between exasperation (“My five-year-old could have done that!”) and pure confusion (“I’m sorry, I just — I really just don’t get it”), it can be tough for the uninitiated to get on board with abstract art. And frankly, that’s fair enough. Having planes of seemingly random lines, shapes, and colours in impossible constellations shout at […]

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