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Marina Abramovic – Pushing the Envelope of Performance

Posted in Fine Art, Identity, Moving, Portraiture, Relationships by linhdy on December 2, 2010

Marina Abramovicis what I would call a radical performance artist.  She has shaped performance art in ways that I will not even try to explain.  However, I will admit that I used to think performance art was annoying, obnoxious and incomprehendable but now Abramovic has helped me view this medium in a new (more positive) light.

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Read more at the Sean Kelly Gallery, learn about her In The Family project or read the New York Press.

 

Marc Garanger: Documenting Dignity

Posted in Documentary, Fine Art, Fine art, Identity, Photography, Portraiture by linhdy on November 20, 2010

In 1960, Marc Garanger was the official photographer of the French army that occupied  Algeria in 1960.  The French military forced the Algerians to build new houses around the military barracks.  As part of the occupation.  Garanger’s commanding officer ask him to photograph all the villagers for mandatory photo IDs.

In 10 days I took 2000 images. The first days the portraits I took showed the women with their veils on. When I showed the image to the commander, he asked for the veils to be removed.

The village women were photographed against their will without their veils and/or headpieces.  Garanger’s Femme Algérienne is a statement of defiance; a strong show of dignity and humanity.

For the love of fast food + clever packaging design

Posted in Branding, Commercial, Fashion, Fine Art, Identity, Packaging, Photography, Pretty things, Style by linhdy on March 7, 2010

The epitome of high-end fashion would be combining our love of fast food, fashion & clever packaging design.  Wait no more, as McFancy was a Fashion Week collaboration that re-brands McDonalds into something more like a 5-star restaurant, at least for a brief moment in time!  Playful, aesthetically pleasing, and beautifully executed– this definitely brought a smile to my face.

Marija Ivkovic - McFancy

Marija Ivkovic - McFancyView more pretty photos by the photographer Marija Ivkovic, see pretty things by the stylist, check out the company that did the cupcake wrapper or the plastic cutlery,

Willeke Duijvekam: The life of Eva

Posted in Family, Identity, Photography, Portraiture, Pretty things, Relationships by linhdy on February 18, 2010

The turning point of a new year always brings about the Best of lists– and I love it. What better way to celebrate 2009 than to review everything that was good, bad & ugly?

The World Press summed up their photography section with a gallery of the best of the best. I was particularly drawn to the Netherland’s photographer Willeke Duijvekam, who came in 3rd place in the portrait section!

The project follows the life of Eva, an adolescent who is living with a gender identity disorder. Unfortunately, the website is another language– so I can’t really explain any further than that…but let’s just say the photos speak for themselves…