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Ralph Zabel

an a tree grow out of a book? Can a chair grow out of a wall? These are among the many questions that Ralph Zabel raises throughout his art. By challenging our basic assumptions and associations, the Dutch illustrator subverts normality and prompts his audience to ask wider questions about the purpose and value of…

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Independents on the rise

ith both houses of Parliament standing to be dissolved and re-elected in the fast approaching double dissolution election, it is prime time to contemplate all players in the Australian political game. Rather than the recurring question of Labor or Liberal, now more than ever many voters are vying for an alternative to two party dominated…

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Broken Goods

ome refer to it as female circumcision, cutting, mutilation even ‘genital genocide’, but how about child abuse? The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) on teenage, infant, or even baby girls is widespread in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.  In the absence of understanding and consent, young girls are pinned down before they…

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Surgical Saviour

Douglas Schuler’s new Sterile Box is set to revolutionise healthcare in developing nations While almost all wealthy nations around the world (except the US) provide universal healthcare, it will hardly come as a revelation that a large portion of the world’s people receive a very poor standard of healthcare. The truth is that this imbalance exists…

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Occipitals

Ed Robertson (AKA Occipitals) is a street photographer based in London. His images illustrate the dichotomy of city life as he explores the isolation and solitude within one of the world’s biggest cities. Corporate world by day, photographer by night – Robertson takes most of his photographs under the cover of darkness as he seeks to expose the rituals…

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Film Review: Mustang

Directed by: Deniz Gamze Erguven Written by: Deniz Gamze Erguven and Alice Winocour Starring: Gunes Sensoy, Doga Zeyney Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan, Nihal G. Koldas, Ayberk Pekcan, Bahar Kerimoglu and Burak Yigit ‘She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and she will protect her chasteness’, a…

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Achal Mishra

Achal Mishra is an Indian-born photographer and aspiring filmmaker based in London. He is currently studying film at the King’s College whilst independently working on a number of short films. His work provides a unique insight into the people of the colourful nation as he seeks to go beyond its stereotypical representation.    Interview with the artist   A…

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Notes on a Hermit Kingdom

I’d not yet settled into my Beijing hotel room before the push notifications began on news of the DPRK’s nuclear testing. Only hours earlier I had been aboard a train, crossing the Yalu River from the austere North Korean settlement of Sinuiju to the glitzy Chinese city of Dandong. The Yalu crossing concluded my week…

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China got your tongue?

The Leak of Document No. 9: China’s culture of journalistic silence will yield to a culture of digital infinity and possibility   “Fundamental Rights” for citizens, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press – these are all included in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China. After all, a government cannot claim a…

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