S2 MATERIALS

S2 MATERIALS

LIFE UNROMANTICIZED

I was offered the chance to work on a photo series based on the unromanticization of life. I presupposed it would take on a sort’ve thoughtless and self-indulgent form of documentary photography. Thoughtless in the way I wouldn’t use an actual camera nor use a filter to simulate one. Thoughtless in a way that turns away from the curation of photos on Instagram, like that of @orionvanessa , and even turning away from the feigned unpretentiousness of “casual instagram.” I said I could…

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Budding Overthinker, Musician, and Brad Pitt Fan: peace sammy on His Debut EP “piece of peace”

peace sammy wishes he smoked cigarettes, but not for the nicotine buzz. The cancerous and carcinogenic effects are a little intimidating for him: he just likes the aesthetic. Cigarettes are an accessory in the image of himself that he wishes to curate, the self he shows us in casual Instagram posts, all-lowercase text, and simple song titles.  This is the freshly minted musician’s eternal paradox. “It’s the dichotomy of who I am. One side of me wants to go surf and…

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Women’s Work : The Feminisation of Unpaid Labour

‘He is the market, the demand. She is the supply’ – Charlotte Perkins Gilman In the current state of the world, the role of women is both crucial and exploitative. Women are weighted their entire lives with an ever-expanding list of rules and expectations: how to act, how to look, how to think… It’s an age-old recipe for exhaustion and aims to commoditise women’s bodies in and out of the workplace. It is not accidental – women are the largest suppliers…

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Twisters of the Great Reality: Joan Didion and the Concept of Writers

If successful storytelling could be summarized in a single question, my father would argue it’s:  “Does my suffering matter?” This was his answer when I asked him what made a story worth telling. And I suppose I agree. The best stories have drama, pain, grievance, and, depending on the preference of the consumer, resolution.  Another answer to the successful storytelling question, from the moping indie band Car Seat Headrest in their song “Sober to Death”:  “..good lives make bad stories.” Romeo…

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OGBFF: Insanely Hot Clothes

“Sorry ladies, I’m taken. She’s a bit crazy & scares me sometimes but I am her king. She is my life, I love her, forever and always.” No, this is not a 2014 design from an Etsy shop nor it is the shirt of one half of that slightly off-putting and clingy high school couple. It is instead the scripture on one of OGBFF’s unreleased shirts. A brand whose surprisingly only in its infancy and is pioneered by two best friends. …

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DISTURBIA

A MINI EXHIBIT Disturbia, trails the intersection amongst LGBTQ+ activism, discourse on the racialization of gender, and art that denotes a disruption in social binaries and mainstream schools of thought. This is detailed throughout great periods of LGBTQ+ visibility and historic social upheaval in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. This exhibition speaks to the possession of agency artists carry as they mobilize their work to engage with viewers; ultimately forcing them to consider their complicity in the effects of homophobia, transphobia,…

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