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‘Predictability And its Limits’ In its Final Week

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By Yap Lay Sheng, Staff Writer Entering its final week, LSE Arts’s latest exhibition ‘Predictability and its Limits’ is yet another creative exploration of the intersection between arts and the social science exhibited at the Atrium Gallery. On view are several sketches  closely mirroring themes from the philosophy of Time that aims to make usually obscure philosophical concepts “accessible to a (sic) audience of non-specialists”.  These are the products of…

The Gaze: the PartB Interview with Artist Mark Neville

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Mark Neville’s work is currently on show in the Atrium Gallery till the 23rd of January. Additionally, he is speaking as part of a panel on the 13th of January. The panel will discuss effective ways of communicating and changing inequality, centring on the work of artist Mark Neville and feature several academics and journalists. by Jade Jackman Flickering, presence, thoughts and a sense of potential are wrapped up in…

Steve McCurry’s Blog Documents a Decade of the Portrait Artist’s Finest Work

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BY Maryam Akram Steve McCurry the American photojournalist’s iconic photograph ‘the Afghan girl,’ taken in a refugee camp near Peshawar Pakistan, featured as the cover of National Geographic 1985. Twenty-nine years later and McCurry continues to poignantly capture the world in distinctively candid images. McCurry famously sewed rolls of film into his clothes when crossing the Afghan border disguised as a local. What makes McCurry’s photographs especially interesting is their…

Marginal (Dis)Utility: The Social Deaths of Unicorns

Marginal (Dis)Utility: The Social Deaths of Unicorns

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BY JADE JACKMAN When someone says ‘unicorn’, I immediately think of my little pony and candy canes. Or, even worse still, of swooshing tails, glitter and gender stereotypes. in his series, ‘Urban Legends’. In his series, ‘Urban Legends’. Jean-Yves Lemoigne presents a new side to the history of these fictitious creatures. Rather than drawing upon femininity, Lemoigne highlights another element of ‘the unicorn’ in his works. Instead, he focuses on…

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War – Review

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By Jade Jackman This reveals one of the starkest truths about warfare: national identity and comradeship are not created through propaganda, but through the shared aspects of social life. Upon first meeting your respective partner’s parents, there are several things that you should avoid in conversation. Topics that are unadvisable are as follows: speculations on where your spouse inherited their nose from, cookery tips and war. Unsurprisingly, war divides opinion…

Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity

Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity

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BY MARYAM AKRAM The Motherhood and Identity exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery presents a series of raw images from eight different artists of raw images from eight different artists depicting real experience of motherhood. The model identity of motherhood relating to domesticity, gender and sexuality is brought into debate. Experiences of motherhood that don’t live up to our cultural ideal often seem to be taboo and our relationship with our…

Sara Shamma, Q – interview

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By JADE JACKMAN Sara Shamma’s paintings give off a hallucinogenic aura, so I guess I had expected her appearance to correspond to this. To be honest, I could not have been more wrong; the woman with whom I met on Thursday was unrecognisable from my imagination—I had anticipated someone with an airy-fairy demeanour and slightly vacant eyes. However, Shamma had a very strong presence. Her striking looks made her seem…

Where Have All The Bootboys Gone? – review

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By JADE JACKMAN, MARYAM AKRAM Anyone who knows Maryam or myself will tell you that we are often late. Despite our attention being grabbed by the promises of Fred Perry, our arrival at Toby Mott’s ‘Where Have all the Bootboys Gone’, was no exception. So, amidst a flurry of faux-fur, we entered the exhibition gasping for air to find, for once, that we were not the only ones wearing Doc…