¡Hola, Fridis!

In 2006 there were more than five million artisans in Mexico. Today, there are less than half that number. It’s time to put together customs and traditional crafts with new technologies and help an entire community in the creative process. We are from Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico, and due to the current financial…

Project Esper: Seeing Inside

Advancements are happening all around us as at exciting rates. Medical advancements underway and yet unfathomed may very well prove to be some of the most thrilling, not to mention vastly life-enhancing, improvements of this century. Seriously, there’s printable organs now. And it’s wonderful to point out how our old friend the image is propelling the…

Giorgio Vasari's Story Hour

With more self-proposed questions sniping at me than ever, asking how to provoke outside interest and participation in the cultural sector, I can’t help but conclude that there’s something innately, cautiously human about having to understand something in order to truly like something, even in shadows of degrees inside the boldest explorers and thinkers among…

Rise and Fall

In the 1980’s there was a movement called Black Art in the UK. Black artists and activists banded together to radically change the institutional dynamics of the art world once and for all. What sparked this movement was serious reflection on a colonial past and racial violence towards black communities. The intensity of the movement came…

ABBA and Other Thoughts

There was a dark and stormy time in graduate school when I swayed on the edge of an absolutely cavernous void of remotely articulate ideas for my thesis topic. Both detracting and adding to my existential dread was a fact I state with little pride — I had become obscenely, inexplicably obsessed with the music video…

Berlin Istanbul Quartier: Headquarters for Art Migration

Founded in Berlin in 2014, the virtual gallery BIQ is now opening it’s physical headquarters for contemporary art showcasing projects that move between nations. What started as a simple transnational artists’ platform eventually developed into a virtual gallery with actual exhibitions which migrate through various galleries between Berlin and Istanbul, two cities with art scenes that…

Revisiting Georgia O'Keeffe

“When people read erotic symbols into my paintings, they’re really talking about their own affairs.”  Ask about Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and most anyone will respond with mention of oversized, over-enlarged depictions of flowers in bright pigments. And it’s true; search O’Keeffe on Google images and an overwhelming majority of results will show her flower (or vagina?)…

(Un)Finished Business

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Britain and France many aspiring, competitive artists shared the common goal of submitting their compositions to the premiere academies and exhibitions of the age. To have one’s work accepted at the Royal Academy of Art in London or the annual French Salon in Paris , was to be granted access to a more…

Dolls de los Muertos

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos! Setting aside sacred time to honour ancestors long passed on was such a meaningful tradition to the Aztecs, Toltecs, Mayans and other ancient peoples before them, that not even all the king’s conquistadors and all the king’s missionaries could extinguish the flamboyant practice. The Day of the Dead, as we anglophones know…