A Surreal Female Gaze: Interview with Petrina Hicks

Photographer Petrina Hicks uses an ensemble of marble props, live animals, taxidermy, fabrics and colourful backgrounds alongside female models to create surrealist portraits. She offers a reflection of primal female identity and a subjugation of the male gaze.

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Beauty & Nature: Interview with Ziqian Liu for Zero.Nine Magazine

Ziqian’s work is self-portraiture, where she combines her body with plants and mirrors, constantly exploring the balanced state of peaceful coexistence between humans and nature. Her works rarely show her face creating an anonymous body to the viewer. Ziqian is currently based in Shanghai, we caught up with her to find out more about her works.

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Dream. Snap. Freedom: Radical Play Through Photography

This exhibition was created from my final project of my Masters Degree at CSM with Four Corners Gallery; through various avenues of activism and research from Four Corners archive, I came to focus on radical play through photography and film. This was during the pandemic and the beginning of the BLM rallies for George Floyd. My research was formed on the basis of three main pillars of identity politics; anti-racism, LGBTQ+ and feminism. Focusing on identity rights, equality and social justice for race, gender and sexuality. 

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Embodying The Character

My first exhibition project as an MA student of Culture, Criticism, and Curation at Central Saint Martins titled ‘Embodying The Character’ is inspired by the influential work of Jeanetta Cochrane (1882-1957) and the collection of materials in her archive at CSM’s Museum & Study Collection. 

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How the humble t-shirt became a political protest tool

From its conception as an undergarment for labourers in the 19th Century, to its first
reference in popular culture in F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920 novel This Side of Paradise and
universal recognition on Marlon Brando in 1951’s A Streetcar Named Desire, the t-shirt is a hugely underrated garment capable of traversing traditional gender roles in addition to hosting a call to arms.
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5 Luxury brands awarded the sustainable Butterfly Mark

Positive Luxury connects luxury brands with sustainability through the Butterfly Mark.
Inspired by the story of the Large British Blue Butterfly, which was brought back from near extinction in the UK, the Butterfly Mark is awarded to brands for their measurable impact and commitment to sustainability. Brands who want to be awarded must go beyond achieving a minimum sustainable standard that is compliant with local law, international law and best practice principles, and are assessed every two years across five criteria. We discover which luxury brands have been awarded the Butterfly Mark.

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Hotel Guide to Santorini

Plato’s account of Atlantis; “rocks of white, black and red were extracted from the hills and used to construct a great island city” holds a striking resemblance to the whitewashed abodes, cobalt-domed churches, and the black- and red-sand beaches which mark the isle of Santorini, an alluring Mediterranean oasis mired in mythology. A theory in which some believe the Caldera Island may have been one of the possible locations of the fabled island of Atlantis.

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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams opens on 2 February and is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about the house of Dior ever staged in the UK. The show offers an in-depth and wide ranging study of unique couture garments, spanning 1947 to the present day, with a particular focus on Christian Dior’s love of Britain.

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