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The Museum of Art × Photography to launch digitally

The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) will launch digitally on Saturday, 5 December, an opportunity to reach global audiences with the great art of the sub-continent. Their new building delayed by COVID, MAP nevertheless moves ahead,  presenting a week-long virtual program of events entitled Art (is) Life and inaugurating their Museums Without Borders initiative.

MAP’s digital platform will offer curated experiences, allowing audiences to interact with MAP’s exhibitions and events from the comfort of their homes at any time.  MAP has a growing collection of over 18,000 artworks, predominantly from the subcontinent and dating from the 10th century to the present, with concentrations in Pre-Modern Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Photography, Folk and Tribal Art, Popular Culture, Textiles, Craft and Design.

Founder-Trustee of MAP, Abhishek Poddar says, “Our vision at MAP is to reach out to people from all walks of life and make the collection available to the world. Then why should we wait for a physical museum to come up? Launching digitally is the organic next step for MAP, achieving our agenda of inclusion and accessibility. To be truly relevant museums and cultural institutions need to always rethink and reinvent themselves, Even more so in challenging times like these. MAP’s digital launch marks the birth of a new museum for a new era.”

MAP’s digital launch is a week-long program of events titled Art (is) Life from 5-11 December, 2020. The opening session on Saturday, 5 December will showcase some of the most innovative performances in music, dance, poetry and technology, by leading Indian professionals including art historian Dr. B. N. Goswamy, filmmaker Nandita Das, and visual artist, Jitish Kallat. Each subsequent day of the program will celebrate one of the six departments of the museum’s collection including a commissioned performance. Each day’s programs will air twice, making them convenient for all time zones at 7pm (IST) and again at 5pm (EST)

“Art (is) Life is a culmination of everything we hope our museum to be,” says Kamini Sawhney, the Director of MAP. “The opening program will showcase how the arts are interconnected, each enriching the others. This is reflective of the Museum’s vision to draw connections across the collection, creating unique narratives. We are working on creative ways to bring art to everyone. The launch program of commissioned performances and collaborations with international institutions is  a  preview for what is to come regularly with MAP.”

The program will also launch the first five episodes of Museums Without Borders, video collaborations with 50 international institutions that will juxtapose a pair of objects, one from an international collection and one from MAP’s, to discover the differences and connections. Participating institutions include the British Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), The Morgan Library and Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Rhode School of Design. This dialogue between the objects will be presented by curators from both institutions. Museums Without Borders allows audiences to discover new narratives and make comparisons without travel, an interesting alternative to gallery displays.

Digital Opening Art is Life daily schedule

To access the program on the day please use https://artislife.event

Opening Night:  Saturday 5 December 

7:00 – 7:45 PM Indian Standard Time 

1:30 – 2:15 PM Greenwich Mean Time 

8:30 – 9:15 AM Eastern Standard Time (Friday morning)

3:30 – 4:15 AM Indian Standard Time 

10:00 – 10:45 PM Greenwich Mean Time

5:00 – 5:45 PM, Eastern Standard Time

A uniquely crafted sensorial experience, bringing together art, poetry, dance and music featuring well-known Indian cultural figures including lyricist Javed Akhtar, actor Shabana Azmi, classical dancer Malavika Sarukkai, film and theatre professional Arundhati Nag, art historian Dr B N Goswamy, filmmaker Nandita Das, visual artist Jitish Kallat and singer Kavita Seth. Plus a virtual tour through the MAP building and collection. 

Second Day: Sunday 6 December  |  Popular Culture

7:00 – 7:45  PM IST / 1:30 – 2:30 PM GMT / 8:30 – 9:15 AM EST (Saturday morning)

3:30 – 4:15 AM IST / 10:00 – 10:45 PM GMT / 5:00 – 5:45 PM EST

Presented by actor and theatre director Lillete Dubey

Shri Shri Revati Baladev and Shri Shri Radha Krishna, c. 19th century, Painted Woodcut Print, MAP

In a special performance, drummers from Dharavi, Mumbai will respond to Bollywood posters on the themes of migration and the pandemic. MAP’s Madhura Wairkar presents fascinating stores from our Popular Culture Collection. Plus the premier of our Museum Without Borders series, this episode in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, comparing 19th Century prints featuring a similar iconography of Krishna and Radha, the divine lovers in Hindu mythology. 

Third Day:  Monday, 7 December. |   Folk & Tribal Art  

7:00 – 7:45  PM IST / 1:30 – 2:30 PM GMT / 8:30 – 9:15 AM EST (Sunday morning)

3:30 – 4:15 AM IST / 10:00 – 10:45 PM GMT /5:00 – 5:45 PM EST

Presented by author Devdutt Pattanaik 

Peacock, Jangarh Singh Shyam, c. 1990, Poster colour on paper, MAP

In a special performance directed by Sharanya Ramprakash, the artists of Udupi Yakshagana Kendra will reimagine an artwork from MAP’s collection depicting a fight from the Hindu epic, Ramayana, between Jatayu and Ravana to save Sita from being taken to Lanka. MAP’s Shubhasree Pirkayastha explores highlights from our indigenous art collection, these objects act as a tribute to traditional storytelling. Plus the second installment of our Museum Without Borders series, this episode in conjunction with the Rhode Island School of Design, discussing two pioneering indigenous artists in our collections – India’s Jangarh Singh Shyam and Canada’s Kenojuak Ashevak. 

Fourth Day: Tuesday 8 December  |  Pre-Modern Art

7:00 – 7:45  PM IST / 1:30 – 2:30 PM GMT / 8:30 – 9:15 AM EST (Monday morning)

3:30 – 4:15 AM IST / 10:00 – 10:45 PM GMT /5:00 – 5:45 PM EST

Presented by historian William Dalrymple

Brahmani, c. 10th century, Grey steatite schist, MAP 

In a special performance, Madhu Nataraj, Director of STEM Dance Kampni and the Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography, and her troupe will respond to Amrut Manthana and a Nayika Painting from MAP’s collection. MAP’s Shilpa Vijayakrishnan explores artworks from the collection illuminating a rich repository of stories – historical and mythical, real and imagined.  Plus the third instalment of our Museum Without Borders series, this episode with the Detroit Institute of Arts; the sculptures of a Yogini and a Brahmani provoke  a conversation on powerful goddesses.

Fifth Day: Wednesday, 9 December  |  Textile, Craft & Design

7:00 – 7:45  PM IST / 1:30 – 2:30 PM GMT / 8:30 – 9:15 AM EST (Tuesday morning)

3:30 – 4:15 AM IST / 10:00 – 10:45 PM GMT /5:00 – 5:45 PM EST

Presented by designer Ritu Kumar.

A pida chair, c. 1900, Wood and jute, MAP

 In a special performance, musician Rajeev Raja and his band will respond to Krishna Pichwais with a jazz-fusion musical piece. MAP’s Vaishnavi Kambadur explores work that is at the intersection of craft and design.  Plus the fourth instalment of our Museum Without Borders series, this episode with The Vitra Design Museum, Germany, discussing similarities between two iconic chairs from distinct cultures – a pida chair from Rajasthan and a Rietveld Red & Blue Chair – from their respective collections. 

Sixth Day: Thursday 10 December Modern & Contemporary Art

7:00 – 7:45  PM IST /1:30 – 2:30 PM GMT / 8:30 – 9:15 AM EST (Wednesday morning)

3:30 – 4:15 AM IST / 10:00 – 10:45 PM GMT /5:00 – 5:45 PM EST

Presented by artist Rekha Rodwittiya, artist.

Drummer, Tyeb Mehta, 1988, Oil on canvas, MAP

In a special performance, dancers from the Attakkalari Dance Company will respond to nine unique works on the Goddess Durga by contemporary female Indian artists including Arpita Singh, Anjolie Ela Menon, and Nalini Malani. MAP’s Director, Kamini Sawhney takes us through highlights from the collection, revealing how India’s traditional art practices, myths, and legends inspire our modern and contemporary practitioners. Plus the fourth instalment of our Museum Without Borders series, this episode with The British Museum, London,  looking at artworks from our respective collections – Trumpeters by the acclaimed Pahari painter, Nainsukh and Drummer by Tyeb Mehta – humming the same tune across centuries.

Seventh Day – Photography |  Friday 11 December 

7:00 – 7:45  PM IST / 1:30 – 2:30 PM GMT / 8:30 – 9:15 AM EST (Thursday morning)

3:30 – 4:15 AM IST / 10:00 – 10:45 PM GMT / 5:00 – 5:45 PM EST

Presented by photographer Raghu Rai 

Last Supper, Vivek Vilasini, after 2000, K3 ink on archival canvas, MAP.

The theatre artist Ram Ganesh Kamatham will respond to Vivek Vilasini’s Last Supper with a theatrical performance. MAP’s Nathaniel Gaskill takes us on a journey through photography in the collection.  Plus the sixth instalment of our Museum Without Borders series, this episode with The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, looking at the works of two photographers – Malick Sidibé’s Chemise and a selection of images from Suresh Punjabi’s Suhag Studio.

About MAP:

The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) will launch in 2021 and will be South India’s first major private art museum. Situated in Bangalore, MAP’s mission is to take art and culture to the heart of the community making it accessible to diverse audiences. It will achieve this by exhibiting, interpreting and preserving India’s rich artistic heritage. MAP’s five-storey building will include art galleries, an auditorium, an art and research library, an education centre, a specialised research and conservation facility, as well as a cafe. The Museum’s digital platform will feature unique ways of engaging with the collection, specially curated exhibitions, educational resources for kids, webinars and walkthroughs, as well as a comprehensive library of articles and videos.  

https://map-india.org/

https://artislife.events

@mapbangalore | #museumswithoutborders #artislife

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“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors  rest, and in the joy of a new  beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get  [in] back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do  justice and love mercy say Amen! Say Amen! And Amen!”

Art4Equality x Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness

The Untitled Space is pleased to present a group exhibition and public art series “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness” presented in collaboration with SaveArtSpace and Art4Equality. The two-part exhibition features an empowering public art series of 10 billboards each by different artists launching on September 21, 2020 in a variety of locations throughout New York City, to coincide with a gallery exhibition opening on September 26, 2020 at The Untitled Space featuring the work of over 50 contemporary artists. Revolving around the theme of “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness” the public art series and group exhibition is curated by Indira Cesarine, founder of The Untitled Space and Art4Equality.

The gallery will feature the unique artworks displayed on the billboards (presented by SaveArtSpace) along with an exhibition of many additional works in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, video, and sculpture inspired by the words “Equality,” “Life,” “Liberty,” and “The Pursuit of Happiness,” which will be on view at the gallery through October 17, 2020. The Untitled Space is honored to collaborate with non-profit SaveArtSpace and support the programming of Art4Equality, an initiative that supports the creation of empowering equality themed exhibitions and public art.

Curatorial Statement:

“’What do these words mean to you: “Equality,” “Life,” “Liberty,” “The Pursuit of Happiness”? We live in an unprecedented time, our liberties robbed by a global pandemic, which laid painfully bare the inequities that have plagued the most vulnerable in our society for far too long. Political polarization in the United States is reaching critical mass with a divisive political system at war. Realities of social inequality and racial injustice are challenging our ability to have confidence in a promising future. With the 2020 elections approaching, I felt that it was a crucial time to create an opportunity for artists to respond, with the artwork presented in a public platform where it can reach an audience of millions of people every day and promote an inclusive dialogue.

The billboard transformed into an art display is an innovative, and ultimately accessible way to present contemporary art, transforming spaces normally dedicated to advertising into public art that has power and impact. We received such an overwhelming response to the exhibit opportunity, which was presented via an open call, that I expanded the project to include a gallery group exhibition featuring over 50 artists who created artworks inspired by the theme – most of which were created during quarantine. The public art series and exhibition “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness” seeks to empower, enlighten, and shed a ray of hope in a city that has been under a dark cloud, in a country that is in tatters not only by an invisible virus, but also by political and civil unrest. As we navigate through this difficult time, “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness” celebrates art as activism, giving voices to a diverse array of contemporary artists from all backgrounds, ages, and genders. I’m honored to guest curate the public art series for SaveArtSpace and hope viewers will be inspired and motivated by the public art billboards and exhibition artwork.” – Artist & Curator Indira Cesarine

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Alexandra Rubinstein, Alison Stinley, Alysia Davis, Ann Lewis, Anne Barlinckhoff, Annika Connor, April Fitzpatrick, Ashley Chew, Buket Savci, Cabell Molina, Coco Dolle, D’nae Harrison, Dan Alvarado, Daniel Aros-Aguilar, Danielle Siegelbaum, Daryl Daniels, David Siever, Dessie Jackson, Devynity Wray, Diana Zipeto, Dolly Faibyshev, Donna Bassin, Egypt H., Fahren Feingold, Faustine Badrichani, Geoffrey Stein, Hana Zhang, Indira Cesarine, Jamia Weir, Jared Freschman, Jodie Herrera, Joel Tretin, Jose Baez, Karen Bystedt, Katya Zvereva, Kim McCarty, Leah Schrager, Linda Friedman Schmidt, Lola Jiblazee, Lynn Bianchi, Meg Lionel Murphy, Michele Pred, Osaze Stigler, Panteha Abareshi, Paolo Morales, Q’shaundra James, Rachel Van Der Nacht, Rebecca Bird, Robin Tewes, Robyn Gibson, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Sarupa Sidaarth, Travis Rueckert, Tslil Tsemet, Valerie Carmet, and Vaughan Larsen.

PUBLIC ART BILLBOARDS (in collaboration with SaveArtSpace):

Anne Barlinckhoff – Pulaski Bridge 11th St & 53rd Ave, Queens Ashley Chew – Flushing Ave & Waverly Ave, Brooklyn Donna Bassin – McGuinness Blvd & Calyer St, Brooklyn Fahren Feingold + Indira Cesarine – W 46th St & 12th Ave, Manhattan Jodie Herrera – Hamilton Pl & 12th St, Brooklyn Kim McCarty – Flushing Ave & Spencer St, Brooklyn Meg Lionel Murphy – Myrtle Ave & Cornelia St, Queens Panteha Abareshi – Park Ave & Emerson Pl, Brooklyn Sarupa Sidaarth – McGuinness Blvd & Calyer St, Brooklyn Travis Rueckert – 11th Ave & W 45th St, Manhattan

ABOUT SAVEARTSPACE

Founded in 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, SaveArtSpace is a non-profit organization that works to create an urban gallery experience, launching exhibitions that address intersectional themes and foster a progressive message of social change. By placing culture over commercialism, SaveArtSpace aims to empower artists from all walks of life and inspire a new generation of young creatives and activists. Since 2015, SaveArtSpace has installed the artwork of 180 artists on 212 advertising spaces in 10+ major US cities, coast-to-coast. Beyond transforming advertisement space into public art, we work with a variety of community groups including: schools, senior residencies, shelters, youth groups, special needs programs, art collectives, galleries, and museums. Together, we aim to foster community and cultural enrichment through the arts. While supporting underprivileged and emerging artists by providing them the opportunity to display work in the public space.

For more information click HERE.

ABOUT ART4EQUALITY

Art4Equality is an initiative supporting equality themed art exhibitions and special projects including films and public art by female identifying artists and allies. The mission of Art4Equality is to create empowering artwork and exhibitions that can impact social change, raise awareness and inspire our community. Art4Equality additionally facilitates opportunities by providing mentorship to artists, as well as special programming such as panel discussions, performances, and educational art events. Art4Equality empowers by creating a platform for progress. By supporting the work of underrepresented and marginalized artists, Art4Equality demonstrates the value, quality, and diversity of their contributions to the community, encourages an inclusive dialogue, and promotes equality for all.

For more information click HERE.

ABOUT THE UNTITLED SPACE

The Untitled Space is an art gallery located in Tribeca, New York in a landmark building on Lispenard Street. Founded in 2015 by artist Indira Cesarine, the gallery features an ongoing curation of exhibits of emerging and established contemporary artists exploring conceptual framework and boundary-pushing ideology through mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and performance art. The gallery is committing to exploring new ideas vis-à-vis traditional and new mediums and highlights a program of women in art. Indira Cesarine’s curatorial for The Untitled Space includes solo shows for artists Sarah Maple, Rebecca Leveille, Alison Jackson, Fahren Feingold, Jessica Lichtenstein, Tom Smith, Loren Erdrich, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Nichole Washington, and Jeanette Hayes among many others. Notable group shows include “IRL: Investigating Reality,” “BODY BEAUTIFUL,” “EDEN” and “(HOTEL) XX” at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, “SHE INSPIRES,” and internationally-celebrated group shows “UPRISE/ANGRY WOMEN,” and “ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE” responding to the political climate in America, as well as numerous other critically-acclaimed exhibitions. Recent press on Indira Cesarine & The Untitled Space includes Vogue (US), Vogue Italia, CNN, Forbes, Newsweek, W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, i-D Magazine, Dazed and Confused, and The New York Times among many others.

For more information click HERE.

 

“Entertainment Unit” by artist Sarupa Sidaarth, Artwork featured in “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty, The Pursuit of Happiness” Exhibition and Public Art Series Presented by The Untitled Space in collaboration with SaveArtSpace and Art4Equality

 

“Our Land” by artist Meg Lionel Murphy, Artwork featured in “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty, The Pursuit of Happiness” Exhibition and Public Art Series Presented by The Untitled Space in collaboration with SaveArtSpace and Art4Equality

 

“Behind The Flag” by artist April Fitzpatrick, Artwork featured in “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty, The Pursuit of Happiness” Exhibition and Public Art Series Presented by The Untitled Space in collaboration with SaveArtSpace and Art4Equality

EXHIBITION CONTACTS:

The Untitled Space: info@untitled-space.com

Exhibition Website: HERE

SaveArtSpace Billboards: HERE

Interview with Contemporary Photographer

In an interview of contemporary photographer Christy Lee Rogers by the Colnaghi Foundation, a non-profit London organization with the purpose of promoting Old Masters, art historian Isabelle Kent compares Rogers’ works to Ruben.

Kent, who lectures at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was a Curatorial Assistant at the Wallace Collection, said:

“[Rogers] is best known for her pioneering use of water and pools in her photography… [Rogers’] art plays with themes of strength and vulnerability, loss and beauty… creating ethereal and otherworldly images full of color and billowing fabrics. They have often been compared to Baroque paintings, in particular the likes of Caravaggio and I certainly think her multi-figure works, with all of their movement, really remind me of Rubens.”

In the interview Rogers, who won first prize in the Sony World Open Photographer of the Year Award and was recently commissioned by Apple, said, “There is a message in my work – it is connected to that Baroque feeling about something greater than ourselves, a drama and passion and motion.”

Listen to the interview here:

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Ways to pass the time in the fall

Do you feel stuck at home when the weather suddenly starts to change? Does the gloominess of fall make you lazy and unproductive? While most people keep on using social media platforms to kill their boredom, there are other ways to feel motivated. Some of you may surf the Internet for fun like playing MrBet online pokies nz. The options are endless. Let’s have a look at them to maintain your sanity during such a season.

Polish your Skills

This is the best time to work on your skills and polish them. Learn something of your interest online or take a short course. Consume your time in learning something relevant to your field or just work on your hobbies. Explore more options and set a goal. Improve your skills, whether it be crafting, writing, graphic designing, photography, or whatever. Just believe in yourself, so that you can achieve everything.

Spark Creativity

When creativity strikes, one can have numerous ways to have fun-filled days. If you have an interest in casino games, then get this bonus. Many creative and innovative ideas are bound to make your days full of spice and thrill. Some of these are:

  • Have a backyard party. Sounds interesting? Just grab some barbeque grills, comfy chairs, and call over your friends. You are all set to have the best time.
  • Play a new game. Yes, believe us, it helps energize and entertain.
  • Challenge yourself every day.
  • Paint the wall of your room. Use different techniques to make it look brighter and sharper. Google the options.
  • Start gardening. Spend your time with the plants and take care of them. This kind of activity will have a soothing and calming effect on you.
  • Try out a new recipe. Good food makes everyone happy.
  • Have you borrowed a book ages ago from your friend? Time to sit draped in a blanket on the couch and finish it. It is the best way to kill time productively.
  • Nothing makes you happy? Don’t worry. Just switch on your TV and tune into Netflix. Time to watch the series, but grab some popcorn first.
  • Reconnect with life. Explore the beauties of nature. Rake up the fall leaves and click some fall pictures.
  • Bake fall-inspired cookies. Invite your friends and decorate cookies together.    
  • Fall is the best season to make leaf garlands. Try your hands out on this craft.    

Conclusion

If you are curious and excited to learn, there are many ways to keep you entertained. Never limit yourself, but try to explore all the options. If you are on the verge of tears because of boredom, try out some of these activities. We are sure you will find a way to conquer boredom, which will keep you on track this fall season.

Author: Nick Chong

Rita Azar illustrates a photojournalism article for 360 MAGAZINE

Thomson Reuters Foundation x Omidyar Network

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has joined forces with Omidyar Network to document the devastating effects of COVID-19 on millions of people around the globe.

Using photography and journalism, COVID-19: The Bigger Picture aims to tell the stories of those most affected and most vulnerable to the pandemic that has changed the lifestyles of each person on the planet.

Antonio Zappulla, the CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, said, “This pandemic is a global crisis like no other, affecting every person on the planet. The world is grappling daily to understand its scale and severity against an onslaught of information and misinformation. It has never been more critical to lean on the power of journalism excellence to cut through the noise with accurate and impartial storytelling.”

The Thomson Reuters Foundation works to advance media freedom and promote human rights while Omidyar Network is committed to building inclusive and equitable societies. Though the impact has been widespread, the goal of the project is to show how social inequality that existed before the inception of the virus has only been magnified by the spread of the pandemic.

“This virus has devastated lives and livelihoods across the globe. By combining the storytelling capabilities of the Thomson Reuters Foundation with photos from people whose lives have been upended by the pandemic, we will not only see the impacts on everyday life but also the systemic inequalities that brought us to this dire moment,” said Mike Kubzansky, the CEO of Omidyar Network.

COVID-19: The Bigger Picture, consists of two parts. First, a photojournalism competition allows anyone to submit a photo capturing the devastation of the coronavirus. Entrants may submit one photo with the prize being a photojournalism class taught by Thomson Reuters Foundation’s trainers. Photos may be entered beginning August 12th.

The documentation also includes a series of photo essays focusing on the United States. Experienced and decorated journalists will uncover the stories of workers assisting the elderly in Florida, caretakers of children in North Carolina and more. The photoessays will be released over the next three months, and readers can sign up to be notified when each essay is published.

“By capturing individual experiences, The Bigger Picture will document a wider story. It is only then, that we can truly change the narrative,” Zappulla said.

Kinida

Introducing KINIDA: Next Generation Experimentalist

Q×A by Jason Tayer

Kinida is an artist currently based in New York City. Kini’s main medium of art is experimenting with sound and color. Her music is bilingual of Korean and English, through her music she practices her native tongue. Kinida moved to New York about 6 years ago in hopes of graduating from Parsons. She quickly realized that attending BFA college derailed her financial stability. She dropped out of art school her second year, putting a behind to her graphic design and fashion design degree. She started to explore New York to find her friends and her new family away from Korea. She quickly got associated with kids that were in the same place as her, broke and homeless. After several years of associating with these new friends she realized that she had to grow out of this pattern of negativity. And truly started chasing after her dream she came to New York for. That is when she started heavily experimenting with music and quickly realized this is something that she could thrive for.

1. While growing up, did you have any people or points of inspiration that helped you get to where you are today?

Growing up I wasn’t too close to my family besides my mother and my brother. My mother really pushed me to be a strong female, she never wanted me to go through the things that she did and she regretted to this day. So since a young age I was always told to achieve my goals before sharing myself with anyone else!

I have cross paths with many different mentors while living in New York and it’s always good to have an OG’s advice. I always listen to what they have to say and apply it to my life paths and choices.

2. What has been your favorite modeling experience, and why?

I don’t really see myself as a model! However, the best experience with modeling is when I get to meet new people on set and I get to speak to people or different creatives that are involved in the shoot, also a great setting to make connections. It’s never really a fun job when people have their walls up it makes everything boring and awkward and I hate shoots like that 🙁 I just genuinely love talking to new people and hearing what they have to say about life.

3. Although studying at Parson’s got cut short, were there any valuable classes or skills you learned that guided your art?

There were few perks attending Parsons haha, the best perks were the resources that we get as Parsons students. For example, we had access to all the machines! My most valuable skill I learned is learning how to laser print. Besides that, I love history so I also loved learning objects and history. For the most part I was never a school person, I got expelled from high school and dropped out of college. I never did well with rules and guidelines. I never understood why there’s such structure in learning when everyone takes in information and learns how they want to learn.

4. Have you always been strongly connected to Buddhism, and how does it drive your artistic pursuits?

Yes, being born in Korea I was exposed to Buddhism at a young age through my grandma. I have memories of my grandma always meditating and going up to the temple. I never really understood too much of it when I was younger because it was never pushed on me but I was always around the energy. When I got a little older and my grandma passed, I did my own research and took more interest little by little. To me Buddhism isn’t a religion to me. It’s more like lessons of life I can learn and depict my own path through these learnings. I believe in enlightenment, everyone has the energy to align yourself fully and be enlightened but this takes practice and patience. This is why I strongly resonated with ‘Dakini’ which inspired a lot of my music persona ‘Kinida.’ Dakini in the origin of Tibeten Buddhism depicts female entity and energy as well symbolizes female ambiguity. I see Kinida as my meditation and guide to enlightenment with myself.

5. What was the most challenging part about navigating your way around New York while looking for artistic opportunities?

The most challenging moments I’ve experienced in New York were right after dropping out of school. One of the main reasons I dropped out was because I couldn’t afford tuition, even though I was on partial scholarship they raised the tuition every year. When I first came out to New York my parents were going through bankruptcy and they mentioned to me that they weren’t going to be able to support me for 4 years. So this is something I knew I had to face eventually and figure my life out as a young adult. I even applied for a student loan that was just for my second year through my friend’s parents, but even with that… It was difficult for me and I was pretty stressed out on top of all the school work I had to do as well.

I try to do things the right way most of the time but somehow my life pattern always takes me on a harder route. As an international student at the time and dropping out, they gave me only a week to leave the United States and my visa would become invalid. I didn’t have the finances to get my plane ticket so I ended up overstaying and became an alien citizen. It was easy to find a group of friends after I dropped out of school, I felt like I met a lot of artists similar to my situation as well which comforted me. I quickly felt like I had a huddle of friends that I could rock with, so I started couch surfing with some of them crashing with different friends and living in airbnbs week to week. It was okay in the beginning. I just knew I wasn’t going back home. There were many times that I felt like I just wanted to go back to Korea but I knew if I did I wouldn’t be allowed back in America for 10 years. This was the most challenging time for me, I could have really hit rock bottom and never be in a place that I am today. I was hanging around kids with ambitions but also addicted to drugs. At one point we wounded up getting trapped living with this couple who were heroin addicts; they would be handing out free drugs to us and we were young at the time and didn’t know much better but I always knew to stay away from whatever they were doing. I even tried to help them, but I learned a lot in those 2 years. I felt like it was a life test and I needed to pass it and I passed that shit!

6. How do you think your music impacts your audience and what kinds of messages do you try to convey through the music?

My impact with my music is both visual and sound. I want the two to merely represent each other as one. Through my music I am practicing my dakini (kinida) therefore, I want to represent the strong energy of femininity and feminine ambiguity. I don’t want to convey any message in my music other than the art itself. I want the audience to hopefully be able to relate to how I view my art and myself. I want to inspire myself to inspire others along the process.

7. How are you able to bridge multiple cultures through the use of bilingual lyrics?

I guess my first language is Korean but I do consider English as my first as well. As a westernized Asian I believe it is important to keep true to your roots as much as possible. Growing up in western culture it is very hard and confusing to identify your true self. I know a lot of my asian friends went through their own identity crisis growing up in western culture. Some of my friends don’t even speak their native tongue. I was close to abandoning my own native tongue as well but when I started making music I started practicing and writing Korean on my own and it helps me learn as I create. I just want to stay true to who I am when I create and I never want to abandon my own ethnic culture, I want people to know more about Korean culture and I feel responsible to open all the doors for that.

8. What is the most special part about your first solo EP dropping this fall?

Wooow, there’s been a lot of special moments creating this first true EP/Album! I feel like I was on trial to really find out my own sound in the beginning. It took me about almost two years of drafting music to really realize that music is something I really wanted to pursue. I was super low key about it in the beginning but as I opened up working with other musically talented people I feel like art creates itself. This project started with a draft of one song with a close friend of mine who is also one of my executive producers @yowasupfoo. Our first track that we made called ‘yessesori’ we fell in love right and we just decided that we are super compatible to create together so we kept going almost every night! Then she introduced me to @doubleyouowe who is also one of my executive producers and he really saw our vision in the tracks we were developing and he decided to hop on the project with us! So really this project has been timeless and seemingless. I’m really enjoying the process of this project and everyone that has been involved so far, I really appreciate everyone that has been believing in my sound and my vision for this project without my talented friends like Aerie and Merylin some of the tracks would not even have been possible, so I really am keeping this project close to my heart.

9. What key advice would you give to an aspiring artist trying to gain experience in a huge city?

MY TRUE HONEST ADVICE never chase money, let the money chase you 🙂

On the real side, I love collaborating with different artists! We live in a social media time, we really have the tools to connect with anyone we want. For me, I love connecting myself with different artists even if it is to collaborate or just to be friends with them. I know some people might think I’m weird for that but that’s how I’ve been making art forever. Even for this cover shoot I collaborated with @playthetrack9 Ruda who I met off of Instagram because one day I posted on my story if anyone could share their Creative Cloud account and she reached out to me, then I got to see some of her work on her page which was refreshing to me! I immediately let her know I wanted to create with her!

Making art isn’t all about yourself, that’s how you limit the potential of your own ideas. I know some of us think we can do everything ourselves but sometimes it’s okay to join with other creatives to create something bigger than your limitations.

10. How do you plan to expand your modeling, music, and other artistic projects in the future, and what are you most excited about?

I don’t want to plan anything! What I do know is that I want to create for living and I love the outlet of music because it contains all aspects of art that I want to target! So I am very excited to create and put my imagination to life 🙂

Kinida red headpiece @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam
Kinida red headpiece full body @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam
Kinida dragon sunglasses @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam
Kinida red acrylics @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam
Kinida red acrylics red lighting @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam

Artist: KINIDA
Direction of Photography: Ruda Lee

Plants illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Mammalz

Mammalz, a new mutli-media nature-niche community platform with a mission to reconnect people to nature announces a free trip giveaway that will send the winner and a guest on an adventure of a lifetime. Each of the travel opportunities offer a unique, up close and personal experience with nature. The lucky winner will get to choose from an African safari to Botswana, a wild tiger safari in India, or a liveaboard scuba diving trip to Indonesia. Travel will take place after the world reopens to safe international travel.

“Mammalz is all about connecting people to nature and each other, not just on our iOS app and web platform, but in real life,” says Alex Finden, COO and co-founder of Mammalz. “Any one of these trips will provide the winner incredible opportunities to capture nature live streams, videos, and photos, perfect for sharing with the global community of nature enthusiasts on the Mammalz app.”

How to Enter the Free Trip Drawing: Entry into the free trip drawing is a perk offered to investors in the Mammalz crowd equity campaign on Wefunder which ends on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PDT. The minimum $100 investment level translates into one entry into the drawing. Higher investment levels provide multiple entries. For every $250K raised on the Mammalz Wefunder campaign, there will be a random drawing for a free trip. Learn more about investing in Mammalz and the free trip drawing at Wefunder.com/mammalz.

The Mammalz founding team are professional filmmakers and photographers with insider tips to share on what to pack if you’re the lucky winner. “Part of the fun of travel is the anticipation and planning,” says Finden. “We chose destinations for the giveaway that we’ve experienced in person, so we have some little-known real-life tips that will make the winner’s trip the best ever.” Watch the founding team share their travel tips in three short videos.

The Mammalz offers a centralized place for today’s generation of socially savvy nature content creators, scientists, and consumers to connect with each other and create a global community around anything that advances the human-nature relationship. Every visit to Mammalz brings a new possibility to encounter nature like you’ve never seen before. Join a live stream with a young zookeeper, watch a timelapse video of a dragonfly emerging from its larval stage, or feel relaxation flood over you as you watch colorful fish dart in and around a coral reef. Mammalz is a place for curiosity and discovery to flourish.

“Our need to reconnect to nature is much more than just getting outside and enjoying the outdoors. It is understanding our place in nature,” says Rob Whitehair, CEO and co-founder of Mammalz. “We need to hear from multiple perspectives around the globe to widen the understanding of what nature means to the global community. This will help us gain not only more knowledge and understanding of life on earth, but more compassion and empathy for our fellow humans.”

Founded by biologists-turned-wildlife filmmakers, Rob Whitehair, CEO, and Alexander Finden, COO, Mammalz is the “Twitch for Nature”; a mobile- and web-based media streaming and social platform dedicated to nature storytelling and driven by community. Whether you are a professional media maker, scientist, educator, artist, writer, or one of over 600 million nature enthusiasts across the planet, Mammalz provides you with the tools to personalize your experience, share your love of nature, and truly make a difference.

Mammalz, PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation founded in May 2018 and headquartered in San Diego, CA, USA. The Mammalz mission is to promote a greater global public understanding of nature and the environment while acting as a bridge between science, media makers, and the public.

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Camera illustration by Allison Christensen

Artist Introduction: Safaa Kagan

Safaa Kagan is a Los Angeles-based artist specializing in photographs of traditional people around the world

Safaa Kagan’s work celebrates varying cultures around the globe. Her portraiture work allows Safaa to visit and photograph many different tribes, communities, and countries.

Safaa Kagan is a travel photographer based between Miami and Los Angeles. Born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco, Safaa moved to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a photographer. Safaa studied art and earned a degree in Commercial Photography. She then apprenticed under many National Geographic photographic masters such as Steve McCurry, Sisse Brimberg, and Nancy Brown, working in portraiture and travel photography. This training broadened her horizons to the massive diversity of cultures across the world, triggering her desire to immerse herself in other cultures and traditions.