Part B

Arts and Culture previews, and commentary pieces.

Ode to the Right Winger

“I have my final victory! The man of words; the child of Thatcher cried. Where is my wreath? My chariot of fire?” “The slings and slurs I suffered so, From wheezing academics in their ivory towers, From triggered libs who…

What is your beloved more than another beloved

(This work also appears in Clare Market Review: Maximalism) The world is suddenly technicolour when for so long it’s been sepia. You revel in it. Every part of you tingles as you step outside into the street. A cacophony of…

The Academia and the City of Sighs

Nicknamed ‘La Serenissima’ after repeatedly described as ‘serene’ by people of high importance, Venice is one of the most historically and culturally preserved European cities. The title is well-deserved, especially in winter, when there are few loitering, selfie-hungry tourists who…

The World of Keith Haring

Keith Haring, like so many others, died from AIDS in 1990. His work as a visual artist throughout the 1980s remains instantly recognisable, and has influenced everything from fine art to classroom doodles.  Haring’s presence in the New York creative…

Crache Cœur

Crache Coeur is a niche, must-see movie. Literally meaning Spit, Heart, the film’s title recalls ‘cache coeur’, a type of jacket that protects the breast and, ultimately, our beating heart. The nucleus of this story is the emotional birth, death…

Colette, a modern soul in an old-fashioned world

The married life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is the story of a modern soul in an old fashioned world. She was engaged to Willy, an established writer, who overshadowed her. Set in Paris in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century,…

Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams

Just off the main entrance of Somerset House, you enter a room where time moves more slowly than the place from which you came. Two silhouettes in the distance metamorphose into distinct figures, chaotically draped in full-skirted gowns – one…

Jeux de maux

Image: Marica Zottino

Feminism, as watered down as your common house plant

In today’s West, there’s no debate that feminism is more readily accepted than ever. Since my first waking moment of self awareness, I can distinctly recall the feelings of gender injustice and prejudice I faced. Hopelessness was cultivated through the…