In Residence: Sue Webster When an entire residential road lost power and an eight-foot sinkhole opened up in the street, the north London council of Hackney could no longer turn a blind eye to the rumours surrounding the ‘mole man house’—a property owned by notorious amateur tunneller William Lyttle. When British artist Sue Webster purchased the property at auction in 2014, she was well aware of the former owner’s illustrious history.
My Brother’s Keeper Titus Batts and DeSonni Hardge are the young co-captains of South Shore Drill Team, a non-profit organization based in Chicago that uses performance art to empower disenfranchised youth. In a city with a narrative of violence and crime, these two boys are showing their communities that the routines that bond them in drill are stronger than the social pressures that would divide them on the streets. “ My Brother’s Keeper examines the gift of tribal love between young black men and the communities that protect, support and honor their dreams,” says Rodney Lucas, an LA-based director known for intimate and human storytelling about his hometown, South Side Chicago. “This short is a reflection of the everyday leaders and local icons that propel the black community and their empowered beneficiaries.” South Shore Drill Team offers education support, employment training and financial assistance alongside its first-class dance program, which teaches students like Hardge and Batts the art of self-love and teamwork—forging a new generation of positive role models. “Through a collaborative partnership focused on elevating black storytellers, this piece provided me with a vehicle to illuminate the plight of young black men globally,” says Lucas
Athlete in Progress: Dina Asher-Smith Nike has joined forces with American designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh to release Athlete in Progress, a new women’s line inspired by the drama, adrenaline and tenacity of track and field players. To debut the collection, Abloh invited a host of international Olympians to the runway for Off-White’s SS19 show in Paris, which also featured record-breaking sprinter Dina Asher-Smith. The athlete reprises her role as the face of athletic fashion in this Rai Nadal-directed extended cut of Nike’s latest campaign.
Congos & El Diablo In a port city off the coast of Panama there is a dance steeped in folkloric tradition that chronicles the age-old battle between good and evil—a dance that breaks the yoke of oppression and overcomes the horror of servitude.
Photographers in Focus: The New Generation British-Ghanaian writer, art historian and curator Osei Bonsu brings us new voices offering different perspectives on photography’s increasingly unstable relationship with the physical world at the Curiosa Exhibition for Paris Photo. The show explores the tacit narratives that can lie behind an image and draws on the lived experiences of emerging artists hailing from different parts of the globe in innovative ways
Pagans With a fascinating filmography dedicated to subcultures and belief systems, American director Iqbal Ahmed saw this film project as an opportunity to immerse himself in alternative spiritual practices based in ecology, polytheism and Celtic traditions. Ahmed’s Pagans is the culmination of two years of research and reach-outs to a cross-generational community of Southern Californian witches, druids, wizards, sacred drummers and Christo-pagans. “I knew I had a lot of misconceptions around paganism,” says Ahmed, who leans on his experience in commercial work to deliver a truly cinematic documentary bubbling with tension and intrigue.
Bibi Zhou: Lunar Dark glaciers, basalt column caves, black sand beaches and moonlit lagoons fill the effervescent landscapes in Chinese artist Bibi Zhou’s latest music video. Conceived and directed by Canadian filmmaker Jodeb, Lunar is a visual metaphor for self-awareness, primal feminine power and emotional turbulence. “The video is about inner struggle and desperate measures,” says Jodeb, whose visuals transforms Zhou into an interdimensional puppet master that controls the lives of everyone around her
Thanks for the Dance: Happens To The Heart Nowness has invited a global roster of filmmakers and artists to present visual interpretations of Leonard Cohen’s life and lyrics in a new and exciting collaboration with the Leonard Cohen Estate and Sony Music Canada. “Happens To The Heart” is the first official single from the folk legend’s last original and unreleased album, Thanks For The Dance, which has been reimagined for film by award-winning director Daniel Askill
Composed Of: Ding Ke London-based director and writer Edward Paginton shares this visual portrait of Chinese composer Ding Ke in his adopted home of Paris. By exploring the film musician’s interactions with the world around him, Paginton visualizes Ke’s ability to create music for cinema inspired by the noise and activity of everyday life. “We live in a richly dense visual world,” says the director
My Place: Massimo Vitali An assortment of inflatable alligators, damp bodies and candy cane-colored umbrellas typify Italian photographer Massimo Vitali’s ongoing Beach Series , which he began in 1995.