The Conservative leadership of the time identified this demographic as potential voters. From the 1980s onwards, the Tories began to court an imagined “Indian community”, limited to east African Indians who had settled around London. Successful British Indians were held up as evidence of what could be achieved under a free-market Conservative government. In 1988, Thatcher welcomed the new Indian high commissioner to Britain with the following words: “We so much welcome the resourceful Indian community here in Britain. You have brought the virtues of family, of hard work and of resolve to make a better life … you are displaying splendid qualities of enterprise and initiative, which benefit not just you and your families but the Indian community and indeed the nation as a whole.” … [Read more...] about How did British Indians become so prominent in the Conservative party?
Dehner’s dream is for a Broadway musical about Laaksonen’s life to be staged, ideally with a gay creative team. In the meantime, he nurtures gay artists at the Tom of Finland Foundation, where they can stay at the house and make work; a biennial erotic art contest has lured judges including Helmut Lang and Elmgreen and Dragset. The Foundation serves as a base where Dehner can disseminate and promote Laaksonen’s work, not just to metropolitan centres such as London and New York, but to much less gay-friendly places including Riga in Latvia, which hosted a Tom of Finland exhibition a couple of years ago. … [Read more...] about World of leather: how Tom of Finland created a legendary gay aesthetic
There's more, much more, and I could spend hours here. The rooms reminds me of those dreams where you suddenly find yourself on stage in a play, with all the actors looking at you expectantly, waiting for you to speak lines you haven't learned. But there is a script, after all, found in a pile of little books beside the door. Tomorrow, it's called, "Scenes from an unrealised film by Elmgreen and Dragset". This entire suite of rooms and everything they contain are a set for Mr Swann's fictitious life. … [Read more...] about Elmgreen and Dragset bring Through the Keyhole back to life as art
Pekka Strang is very good as Tom; the movie suggests that he was traumatised by his wartime experiences – Finland being a co-belligerent of Hitler’s axis powers. The film shows a perhaps imagined episode of Laaksonen killing a Russian parachutist. But something in his creative alchemy responded to the brutality of Nazis and Soviets in uniform, and then to the uniforms of the police employed to break up cottaging in the parks. His eroticism subversively reclaimed these styles. … [Read more...] about Tom of Finland review – intriguing biopic of a gay liberation hero
There’s a lot of music to mine. Dilla’s signature style was creating short, textured loops of music that run to less than two minutes in length. Samples of soul classics would be pitched to unusual tempos, edited to repeat at unexpected moments, creating something that was both familiar and unusual. In the final years of his life in particular, Dilla created these songs at a prodigious rate. Dillatronic, a collection released only last year, contained 40 “rare” new beats alone. … [Read more...] about J Dilla’s The Diary: the posthumous record he wanted you to hear