This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers. In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof teams with producer Charlie Siskel to uncover this mystery. Following clues, they trace Maier’s history through New York City, France, and Chicago. Maier was an inveterate wanderer and self-taught photographer, favouring a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera, with an uncanny ability to get close to people from all walks of life. Her artful and comic eye calls to mind the photography of Berenice Abbott and Weegee. Thanks to Maloof’s efforts, critics and galleries have now rallied behind Maier’s work, and The New York Times recognized her as “one of America’s more insightful street photographers.”
Born in Amman, Jordan, Lina Kanafani has been living in London for 39 years now. She’s the founder of Mint, an influential design gallery in South Kensington established in 1998 and renowned for its contemporary collections and creative merchandising, offering cutting edge design cleverly mixed with innovative one-off pieces. During this year’s London Design Festival Mint presented Cabinets of Curuisity an exhibition featuring artists and designers from all over the globe, a collaboration with Swedish Design Institute Svensk Form and the Czech Republic based gallery Krehky. Read more about Mint at its very beginning, environmental sustainability and Mrs. Kanafani’s house after the break.
Saar is known for her multimedia collages, box assemblages, altars and installations consisting of found materials. She states, “I am intrigued with combining the remnant of memories, fragments of relics and ordinary objects, with the components of technology. It’s a way of delving into the past and reaching into the future simultaneously.” In her work, Saar voices her political, racial, religious and gender concerns in an effort to “reach across the barriers of art and life, to bridge cultural diversities and forge new understandings.” If you happen to be in Los Angeles don’t miss out her exhibition “The Alpha and Omega” at Roberts & Tilton gallery.
Nathalie Baye is a French actress of film, theater and television. She was twice awarded the César for Best Actress with “The Balance” in 1983 and “Le Petit Lieutenant” in 2006. She turned with prestigious directors such as Xavier Beauvois, Claude Berri, Bertrand Blier, Guillaume Canet, Alain Cavalier, Claude Chabrol, Xavier Dolan, Nicole Garcia, Jean-Luc Godard, Lvovsky, Maurice Pialat, Claude Sautet, François Truffaut or even Steven Spielberg. In conversation with Lionel Baier, Head of ÉCAL Film Department on November 12th at 6pm.
Laurence King Publishing recently released ReFashioned – Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials, a book curated by Sass Brown. As researcher, writer and blogger, her area of expertise is eco fashion, in all of its different expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. In a fast-fashion world of throw-away clothing, recycling and upcycling are the ultimate expression of the slow-fashion movement, with each piece individually conceived and crafted from scratch, using different materials each time. ReFashioned features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments, reinvigorating them with new life and value. The result is beautiful and desirable clothing and accessories that also make an important statement to the fashion world about its wasteful and exploitative practices.
First UK solo exhibition for Dana Schutz, one of the most significant young contemporary artists in America, opened in Wakefield on October 12th. A significant proportion of new paintings and drawings will feature in the display of approximately 20 canvases that build on her highly personal and memorable painterly explorations. This exhibition will tour to Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, 14 February – 20 April 2014. Please note the Dana Schutz exhibition will close to visitors at 2pm on Friday 18th October for a private event.
Shelter press recently released Glacial Jubilé: Estelle Hanania’s new book. This work goes well beyond a simple documentary series about the masks and ritual traditions of Swiss and Eastern Europe carnivals, started in 2007 it has had some success through blogs and specialized magazines. Since then the photographer has worked for several years on the model of this series before presenting it to Shelter Press, now based in Paris. The result is a bright and elegant book, which showcases the enigmatic, intriguing and almost dreamlike aspect of these rituals.
Kati Krause is the Creative Communications Manager at Etsy Germany and co-founder of the independent magazine symposium Tinta de la Casa. Previously she worked as Country Manager at Dailymotion Germany, and before that, as an editor at Le Cool Publishing, she produced various books and magazines, amongst them Ling, the award-winning in-flight magazine for the Spanish airline Vueling. She is also a regular contributor to publications like The Wall Street Journal Europe, Monocle and Zeit Online. Kati is a print magazine enthusiast, but also a city explorer and food lover, a magazine collector, cyclist and tireless proponent of side projects, and a feminist and current-affairs junkie. Originally from Munich, she lived in London and Barcelona for ten years before moving to Berlin in 2011. Discover more after the jump!