From the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Sao Paulo Fashion Week, to the 23rd straight weekend of Yellow Vests protests and demonstrations in Sudan; from presidential elections in Ukraine and the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, to the 67th anniversary of the Indonesian army's special forces — these are just some of the events that have been taking place around the world over the past week. … [Read more...] about This Week in Pictures: 20 April
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Late on a humid afternoon, the Surabaya Street flea market by the canal was almost deserted, peaceful amid the traffic chaos of central Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital. Diky Rachma, who sells traditional puppets and real and fake antiques, was oblivious to the charms of the unusual quiet. Sitting outside his shop, he cursed ‘the people who organised the demonstrations’ that shook Jakarta in November 2016 and drove the tourists away. He blamed the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and its supporters. This militia-like group of Muslim extremists, founded at the fall of the dictatorship in 1998, is approved by the army and police and has penetrated respectable political circles. Before the local elections, the FPI and a number of allies attracted a disparate crowd of Islamic fundamentalists as well as ordinary Muslims genuinely concerned about the future of their religion, and citizens dissatisfied with the policies of Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as … [Read more...] about Can Indonesia’s founding principles survive?
Africa Avant-Garde View All arts Published 14th March 2019 Yinka Shonibare's colorful artworks subvert colonial narratives Written by Milly Chan, CNN From art, to film, fashion and music Avant-Garde Africa meets the people and visits the places that make Africa one of the most exciting and important cultural reference points in the world. Watch the first episode of the show on CNN International on Mar. 9 at 8.30am ET, 4.30pm ET, 10.30pm ET; Mar. 10 at 8.30pm ET; Mar.11 at 4.30am ET; Mar.12 at 12.30pm ET. London-born artist Yinka Shonibare is both a favorite of the British art world and one of its most compelling critics. Since returning to the UK from Lagos, where he grew up, more than 25 years ago, he has received all the accolades deserving of a British art star: he was nominated for a Turner Prize in 2004, commissioned to create an installation on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth in 2010, and was elected as a Royal Academician in 2013. African-American … [Read more...] about Yinka Shonibare’s colorful artworks subvert colonial narratives
fashion Updated 6th March 2019 View gallery 16 Paris Fashion Week: Nostalgia, Oprah and tributes to Lagerfeld Written by Monica Ainley, CNNParis The fashion industry's biannual parade of new collections came to a conclusion this week, with Paris wrapping up the last of the Autumn-Winter 2019 fashion weeks. As ever, the French capital saw luxury labels transforming iconic museums, monuments and gardens into spectacular show spaces. But this season also provided a melancholic celebration of Paris' past, as well as reflections on some of the social and political issues of the day. Here are five of the key talking points. Tributes to Karl Lagerfeld A moment of silence at Chanel's first show without Karl Lagerfeld The fashion world is still mourning the loss of Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away last month at the age of 85. And luxury houses took the opportunity to pay their respects to the legendary designer. Chanel led the tributes to its late creative … [Read more...] about Paris Fashion Week: Nostalgia, Oprah and tributes to Lagerfeld
Features Horatio Clare 14 Feb 2019 When the skies lower and the gutters run and winter seems to stretch ahead in damp routines I sometimes bring up a shipping map of the English Channel and sweep the mouse over the arrowheads depicting some of the thousands of vessels which link us to the world every moment of every morning and every midnight. As I write the long, low shapes forging through the murk are bound for Malta, for New Orleans, Ravenna, Castellon and New York, for Brownsville, Casablanca and Mundra in Gujarat. They are in the south-bound lane, the sea road to the springs and summers beyond the globe’s horizons. In the northbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (the TSS directs their movements under the unsleeping radar eyes of Dover Coastguard) are ships bound for the crushing cold and deeper winters in Rotterdam, Esbjerg, Antwerp and Murmansk. In my mind’s eye I can see the sluggish, thuggish grey sea viewed though their bridge windows. I can hear the … [Read more...] about Winter notebook: sailing the English Channel