Songhoy Blues: They Will Have To Kill Us First As they strum guitars at sunset in Bamako, capital of Mali, and the river Niger drifts lazily by, it is hard to imagine the horrors that once threatened Songhoy Blues. In 2012 they were forced from their homeland in the north of the country by Muslim fundamentalists, who banned music, burned radio stations and threatened to kill musicians.
Tucked away on the ground floor of the Doubleday & Cartwright offices in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an agency responsible for the groundbreaking and elegant sport-focused Victory Journal, and countless fine art-imbued commercial sports campaigns, Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer can be found in his studio making things. Lots of things…
As a child, Nepalese artist Tsherin Sherpa underwent six years of intensive training as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter with his father Master Urgen Dorje.
Whether you listen to drum and bass or not, you’ve probably heard of Rudimental.
Collectors: Francesca von Habsburg Francesca von Habsburg has a pharaonic vision of the role of the collector: as an enabler of greater-than-life art projects, through her foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21). Unlike most of her peers she does not buy art, she commissions it, working together with artists that push boundaries and incorporate technology and science. For NOWNESS’ new series Collectors, director Edward Housden captured von Habsburg in her exhibition space in Vienna, during Carsten Höller’s exhibition LEBEN, where she admitted: “There is too much art for art’s sake and not enough art for the sake of the world we live in and the things we’d like to change about it.” Igor Ramírez García Peralta is Art-Editor-at-Large at NOWNESS
Burkina, Princess Yennenga A horse rider, a fire fighter, a mechanic and a rapper; a hairdresser, a presidential escort and an astrophysics PhD candidate… these are the women of Burkina Faso, captured in action a year ago by filmmaker Nicole Mackinlay Hahn (who shot a recent series of shorts for U2). Featuring an excerpt from ‘A Poem for Yennenga’ by Aja Monet, the film is homage to the powerful spirit of the 12th-century West African warrior princess, whose presence is still felt by women living there today.
Bazooka Films recently followed legendary bomber MQ around San Francisco putting up stickers, catching tags, and ending the evening getting down with some handstlyes in a black book session.
Braids: Taste “It’s not you, it’s me,” is the go-to phrase when ditching an unwanted romantic entanglement, so being on the receiving end can burn. But female-fronted art rock act Braids are reclaiming the expression with director Kevan Funk’s balletic NSFW video.
Crystal Wagner just installed the show she was working on when we interviewed her for our October 2015 issue. Keep reading for an excerpt, and pick up a copy of the mag for more. Her exhibition “Biotica” opens tonight at 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, Oklahoma
ANP artist Jeff McMillan will be starting off his australia Prigus Sport tour friday, october 2nd from 6-8pm at the RVCA corner gallery in Melbourne.
The narrative of Alessia Cara’s rise to musical prominence this summer could easily double as the premise to a bestselling young adult novel.
The art world too global for you? Each week, Interview highlights in pictures the shows you’d want to see—if you could jetset from one international hub to the next.
He Said, She Said: Lydia Leonard In a bid to highlight how words change meaning depending on the gender of the speaker, photographer and director Skye Parrott has invited a selection of actors to choose iconic monologues from cinema, and reenact them exclusively for NOWNESS. The result is He Said, She Said , and kicks off with fast-rising English talent Lydia Leonard, who recently dazzled audiences with her portrayal of Anne Boleyn in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall . Honing in on David Mamet’s stage-to-film adaptation Glengarry Glen Ross , here Leonard turns the classic salesman-under-pressure role on its head
The first survey of artist Louise Bourgeois’s work in Russia opened last week at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, presenting 25 of her “Cells” alongside Maman (1999) and a never-before-actualized vanity mirror.
Hollow shells of human transportation take center stage in Paul White's beautiful color pencil drawings. Machines that used to do nothing but move now know only stasis in these portraits of airplanes, trains, and automobiles that have been gutted, defaced and left to decay, never to fly, ride or drive again. A lovely quiet melancholy pervades these works, tragic everyday monuments commemorating a world of human possibility in indefinite inertia.
Stretched to the Limit Taking advantage of the natural geometry of LA’s Angels Gate Park Recreation Center, director Agostina Galvez gets up close to the (extreme) stretching routines performed by a trio of American Olympic hopefuls.
Paola Prestini, the artistic and axecutive director of National Sawdust, a 13,000-suare-foot space for non-profit for musical and artistic exploration that opens tonight, speaks with her Danish model and photographer Helena Christensen.
Image: Trent McGinn for Harper's Bazaar George RR Martin, author of the original Game of Thrones books, has reportedly revealed that a film is in the works. “There will be a movie but I will not be involved”, the author told The Daily…
Picture: Getty Images Blake Lively has confirmed that her fashion and lifestyle website, Preserve , is to close. The website will officially cease operation on 9 October, with all items on sale from now until then
The first-ever Architecture Biennial in North American opens this weekend in Chicago. Prior to the opening, we spoke with Artistic Co-Director Sarah Herada.