A Farewell to Arms

An apocalypse to end all apocalypses  In this highly-anticipated performance, British Asian dancer-choreographer Akram Khan makes his last appearance in a full length solo last night at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Amongst low lying stars, Khan delivers an elegy for the world while percussionist BC Manjunath and singer Aditya Prakash gradually fill the room with a…

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

On Photography, and more As its name, taken from British band Procol Haram’s 1967 hit single ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, alludes, A Shade of Pale curated by Carrie Scott is a kaleidoscopic passage through the visions of 10 artists, both emerging and established alike in the realm of photography. Consciously noted by Scott in the…

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A Startling Revelation

Korea National Contemporary Dance Company makes its UK debut with Immixture The house lights dimmed and a lone figure donning a white organza hanbok(Korean traditional dress) strides in decisively and glacially, transfixing the entire audience with her gaze. It was almost as if everyone was holding their breath in that long stretch of silence, as…

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The Grievability of Life

Serenading the soul in face of loss and tragedy through a diversity of cultures What makes a life grievable? When it can be lost in an instant, without warning or without cause, we are forced to comprehend the vulnerability of our existence. Judith Butler wrote about the precariousness of life in her book, Precarious Life:…

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A Tale of Two in Chess-playing

A paraphernalia of postcards, vintage pocket-sized gelatine silver prints of a ditzy summer haze in Cadaqúes (1933) and yellowed, scribbly handwritten letters in French presents itself as an inviting greeting to an unlikely friendship (so they say) between two great art masters in the 20th century at the Royal Academy of Arts. We see it…

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On the Museum’s Ruin

    ‘The museum was a discredited institution from its very inception,’ stated art historian Douglas Crimp in his collection of essays, entitled On the Museum’s Ruins. This accusation of discredit appears to have found material expression in Marcel Broodhaers’ seminal installation ‘Un Jardin d’Hiver’ (A Winter Garden) (1974). The exhibition, which was first staged…

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If Politicians Knew Poetry

Perhaps one would not accredit Tillmans with the title of ‘political activist’ 2 years ago. However, 2017 highlights his overt political stance in the EU referendum appears, and in turn adds a new meaning to his entire oeuvre. In Tillmans’ innately poetic manner I couldn’t help but feel his presentation of the world, in all…

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