"Each year, thousands of people die crossing a border in search of a better life, either fleeing from a dangerous situation or seeking financial security for their families. In 2020, a photo emerged of the lifeless bodies of a father and his toddler daughter, drowned crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico, the United States.
Their tragic end was a reminder of the risks migrants face on their journeys across political borders, a reminder that was swiftly forgotten. 'The Crossing' is a memorial to those who have lost their lives searching for sanctuary, of those who have perished because of feudal immigration laws made by those who have benefited most from exploitative systems.
The skulls are engraved in delft blue and white, each of different size in reference to a parent and child. The engravings on the larger skull reveal imagery of ignorant and stereotypical views of immigrants, depicting violence and criminality, and the border wall between the US and Mexico. The engravings on the smaller skull reveal imagery of childish innocence and reference the migrant detention centers of the U.S. where children are separated from their families."
'The Crossing', 2021 by @johnsleepymoran, in collaboration with @byrdziak_marta_mb
Photographer @nicholas.fols featuring the couture by @irisvanherpen - a dreamteam!
And let’s not forget about the stunning scenery that enhances the nature of the designs. Iris van Herpen explains: “Encircling the natural cathedrals, the Dolomite Mountains ~ the interconnected craftsmanship and layered anatomy of the looks pay homage to the anima mundi, the world as one living body. The magnificent environment around us nurturing an intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet, similar to the way the soul is connected to our bodies.”
Yamamoto is known for her oil paintings portraying children in animal suits or possessing animal features, to reveal their inner world.
Like a protective armor in response to their emotions and psychological state, they seem to instinctively hide behind a second skin in the form of animal costumes or some other defensive physical animalistic features. In some of the pieces, Yamamoto paints settings inspired by nature, further enhancing the contemplative space into which the subject seems to find solace in the dreamlike natural habitat.
Featured painting: 'Little Dog Boy in Box' Oil on canvas (17.9" x 13.1")
INSIDE ISSUE 34 // “I work on subjects that interest me, and I dig deeper. It's a matter of feeding yourself with information and then working on the ideas you have to see if they are interesting or just a one-shot. Most ideas will lead to others, which eventually might lead to a good one.”
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Pompous dresses, eccentric wigs, and a yummy macaron in the hand… this is how “Anarchy in Versailles” looks like! The collaboration of photographer @harisnukem , model @maja.jpeg, and make-up artist @planetcoryn takes us back to the 17th century (with some contemporary twists).
We love Haris Nukem for his intriguingly constructed compositions, meaningful portraiture, and beautiful-bizarre visual storytelling.