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Daisies was made in 1966 by the Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová and was considered a key film of the Czech New Wave. It was banned in 1968 shortly after the “Prague Spring” by the Soviet Communist regime, as was Chytilová from making any new films in Czechoslovakia until…

I first came across Hanna’s work while scouting artists for the SEART exhibition in Stockholm last September. The attraction to Letters for Nicola Tyson was lightning-bolt instant. In a painting that is at once delicate and powerful, Hanna has performed the unique trick of animating a figure in…

These photos are selected from the The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, by Dinanda H. Nooney documenting almost 200 families or individuals in their Brooklyn homes in the late 1970s. Nooney was very meticulous in her photographic projects, her first project was to document the entire length of the West Side Highway in Manhattan,…

Due to the newly opened exhibition Women in Focus: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm, I went to an event organised by The Museum of London featuring the British photographer Dorothy Bohm talking about her life and career in company with her daughter, art historian Monica Bohm-Duchen. Dorothy Bohm was born in 1924…

Jean-Marie Straub was an extrovert and a visionary. The public face of the prolific filmic duo she and her husband Danièle Huillet formed, she is one of the cinematic legends of the twentieth century. Their career, which started when the couple were students in Paris in 1954, spanned…

Berlin’s Talking Streets The staircase leading up from the U-bahnhof station opens out onto a square shrouded in remnants of a pre-war Golden Age in Germany.  Away from the nearby streaming traffic, scantily strewn pockets such as Rosa Luxemburg-Platz offer spacial respite from the scale implemented in much…

There are few things about the descent into Autumn that I enjoy. Rainier, colder days coupled with a distinct lack of sunlight make for a tired feeling and tired looking few months.  The Autumnal onslaught did, however, lead me to a rediscovery of a timeless and historical fabric, tweed.…

Over the last four decades, Marina Abramović (aka the “grandmother of performance art”) has developed a significant body of work that is both traumatic and inspirational. Abramović is widely known for the sadistic acts committed against her own self in the pursuit of artistic goals, which she justifies as a staging…

Colette Saint Yves is the nickname that the French artist Hortense Lagrange took as a tribute to the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette after reading her book Sido. Colette Saint Yves was born in 1987 in France, and she works with collage, photography and video. I’m really impressed by much of…