“Snow and Rose & other tales” is Marianna Rothen’s first monograph and showcases her work over the past few years. “In the lonely fortress of her domestic home, life is unbearable.” With those dramatic words, the viewer is invited into the world created by Marianna Rothen, a fictional account of women who left the world of men behind and moved to a remote and peaceful place to live amongst themselves. Rothen’s photographs are staged like homages to the films of Antonioni, Bergman or Godard; they seem like film stills and intrigue the viewer to search for and identify the references. “Snow and Rose & other tales” is laid out like a movie, a slow transition from despair of a domestic life to freedom and independence. Marianna Rothen’s photographs are both unsettling and sexy, humorous and serene, but above all, they are incredibly beautiful portraits of women.
Charlene deGuzman is an actress and writer in Los Angeles, known on the Internet as Charstarlene, the 30-year-old, improviser, and social media starlet created quite a deafening buzz when she released her short film “I Forgot My Phone” last year. This thoughtful film that involves no dialogue, captures the reality of the millennial age and society’s current dependence on phones and social media. She’s in the list of 30 actors on the verge of career breakthroughs compiled by Backstage magazine which also features her on the cover of last November’s issue. Discover more about Charlene after the break!
Julia Fullerton-Batten is predominantly a fine-art photographer, exhibiting her work worldwide to wide acclaim. She has won several awards, including the HSBC award for her fine-art series Teenage Stories, on the early stages of the transition of teenage girls from puberty to womanhood, and is a Hasselblad Master in Fine Art. She has permanent collections of her work at the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Musee de l’Eysee, Lausanne. Her fine-art projects include School Play (2007), a comparison of school girls from different cultural backgrounds; In Between (2008/2009), the middle stages of the transition to womanhood; Awkward (2011), on adolescent relationships; Mother and Daughter (2012), on dependence in this relationship; Unadorned (2012), a social commentary on obesity; and Blind (2013), a study of people without sight.
Asterisk Summer School is back with another edition taking place in Tallinn 28.07—06.08. This year workshops will focus on summer activities, taking a closer look at the relationship between work and play. Asterisk is run by two freelance graphic designers, Laura Pappa and Elisabeth Klement who both studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. This year, tutors are designers Samuel Nyholm (SE), Giacomo Porfiri (IT), Radim Peško (CZ), Maki Suzuki from Åbäke (FR). And, last but not least, you can leave your computers at home — it’s summer after all.
London-based artist Aleksandra Mir in the past month started a collaborative experiment investigating the process of drawing. Participants were invited to contribute to a giant picture of the London skyline, rendered entirely with Sharpies. The process of creating the work was part of the exhibition itself, with Aleksandra and her team engaged in drawing everything by hand during the first days of the show. But for those of you that couldn’t be there, here’s a time-lapse film of the process, providing context and insight to this giant piece. Aleksandra Mir at Drawing Room will run until July 19th.
Imogen Heap has just released a new track, as well as the news that her new record, Sparks, will be released on 18th August. Run-Time is the first track from her 4th studio album, where she collaborated with everyone from her fans to unsuspecting passers-by, gardeners to filmmakers, scientists to newspaper journalists, bringing us her most diverse and daring body of work to date.
Iconic screen siren Charlotte Rampling turns the camera on fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh in this clip from director Angelina Maccarone’s new documentary Charlotte Rampling: The Look. The film unfolds as a series of thematic vignettes, in which the actress candidly discusses her life and career with friends: such as “Age”, in which she drinks tea and meditates on beauty with Paul Auster on his moored tug boat on the Hudson river; “Taboo”, where she revisits her infamous photo shoot with Juergen Teller; and “Exposure” with Lindbergh. “Charlotte was a breaker of taboos at a time when it was not fashionable. It took courage [...] she never disclosed her secret and now we live in a culture of confession that lacks secrets,” says the director, “We tried to perform the paradox: Exposure without giving away the mystery.” Charlotte Rampling: The Look opens on November 4 in New York City, at the Lincoln Plaza and Cinema Village.
Since June 11th the Serpentine Gallery sees Marina Abramović present 512 Hours, a unique work creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramović’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of props that she may or may not use. On arrival, visitors will both literally and metaphorically leave their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras may not accompany them. Watch Marina’s daily diaries here.