Art & Photography

The many incarnations of Mary Sibande

One of South Africa’s most important new artists raises difficult questions about colour, womanhood, and the nature of freedom. As another banner year for Mary Sibande ends, Lisa Meekison looks back on her development and on the many meanings of her work.

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Moscow’s future, Moscow’s past: a reluctant love story

The massive architectural heritage of the Soviet era has long been a source of mixed feelings for Moscow’s residents, and in the building boom of the last two decades, much of it has been lost to the developer’s shovel. Belatedly, the city has now begun to acknowledge, protect, and adapt these time-worn, daunting, romantic buildings.

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Glimpse: Luisa Dörr and Navin Kala

We see selfies everyday, but rarely do we see the people in the midst of taking those selfies. Luisa Dörr and Navin Kala show us precisely that — and in doing so, warm our hearts.

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Those marvellous magical spinning machines

In this age of stunningly-complex digital animations, in which computer technology seemingly removes all limits for artists, it is refreshing and inspiring to see how the physical constraints of pottery, drawing, and paper cut-outs can be transformed into a new kind of magic.

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Full speed

Moscow-born-New York-based photographer and international model Ira Chernova talks with SCOPE about being on both sides of the camera, her attraction to fairy tales, and the importance of shooting in the moment. (Photo: Alina Valitova)

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A curious sense of dislocation

Karen Knorr has long used photography to explore the nature and implications of representation, and she has portrayed subjects and their contexts — from the members of London’s gentlemen’s clubs during the Falklands War to the animals and Mughal heritage sites of India — with this in mind, producing images that beguile and then unsettle.

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Our cameras, our minds

It seems axiomatic that photography is a sighted person’s art form. But Gina Badenoch, who facilitates photography workshops with blind people and marginalized communities, argues that it’s also a language that can connect us to each other, and help us to see.

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Glimpse: Hajdu Tamás

Romanian photographer Hajdu Tamás achieves a delightful balance of colour and composition in his quiet — yet often quirkily-funny — urban scenes

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Bankrupt, but there’s a Whole Foods

That the opening of a single grocery store in a single city should be national news might seem hard to explain. Then again, the city is Detroit and the store is Whole Foods, and the full story involves post-industrial decline, growing food insecurity, and a population that refuses to become invisible, or to give up.

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I hear the voice of their wings

A brief look at the intersection of painting, photography, and poetry, as seen though the work of Leo Wang.

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A joyful soup

A world that crawls and shimmers with life: the organic, cosmological paintings of Fernando Jaramillo Vélez.

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Everyday Africa

Like their wordy colleagues, photojournalists share an instinct for finding and documenting “the story” — which, in the case of Africa, typically results in emotionally-jarring images of war, famine, and poverty. Freelance documentary photographer Peter DiCampo is no stranger to

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