Visiting Thahab: Survival and Surveillance with Nabeela Vega
By Tasnim Ahmed
September 11th, 2001. A few days prior, performance artist Nabeela Vega had just moved from the United States from her home in Bangladesh with her family, at the age of eleven. In its aftermath, the American Dream that ushers in so many rapidly unfurls, and navigating this new landscape becomes a new kind of contentious for Brown bodies. It is violent, ugly and mimics a time that had never really gone by, a time that has always been but wears a new mask, wears a different form.
In “Migration – Nilofar”, Vega’s mother narrates the family’s American un-Dream, the rarely-told stories of the hardship and alienation faced in migration to a land imperfect, as a figure in gold motions through the artist’s own past and present lived realities. Her name is Thahab.
Vega’s “Visiting Thahab” series is an exploration of the Muslim American femme in a post-9/11 diaspora. The ramifications of 9/11, both personally and socio-politically, and how the West has and continues to view Brown is translated through the artist’s characterization of “Thahab”, who navigates a most contested space in explorations of the serene, the obscene, mundane and absurd. Whether meditating by the sea or grocery shopping at a supermarket, Thahab’s outward appearance marks her as other, as brown, despite the transcendence or mundanity of her actions. She never assimilates nor is permitted to assimilate of her volition; how she is accepted and perceived in her now home is governed by the national and global rise of Islamophobia.
“Thahab” is at once the commingling, reconciliation and resistance of the brown Other in America, draped in a gold lame shroud symbolic of gauche American capitalism and the simple, unstitched cloth used to cover the deceased in Muslim culture, it is neither a total acceptance of the American nor the death of the Othered identity. Thahab is somewhere in between, neither here nor there.
For more of Nabeela Vega’s work, visit here.
May 31, 2017 at 12:53PM
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On a Roll: Death (Valley) is Coming to Us All
By Kayla Clancy
After an arduous drive through the eternal night of Death Valley, I arrived to a cabin to sleep. It was already three in the morning, and the downhill descent into nothingness felt like a well-suited way to start a journey into this valley. In the morning, I awoke from fever dreams to find myself at the start of a road. The lens flare on my camera signaled the beginning of a fresh roll. I put on my boots and headed down the highway.
There weren’t many folks around, since it was already May in what was one of the hottest, driest, and lowest points on the planet. Nonetheless, I embraced the heat and rolled down my windows. I drank a gallon of water as the hot wind tangled my hair. I walked through sand dunes and climbed on tall, dead trees. As I cruised on to my next stop, I was a bit anxious.
I was headed for Badwater Basin, which is the lowest point in the entire Western Hemisphere. Here, I would discover a massive salt flat, which almost looked like a lake of snowy ice. There was a pathway of this white salt which led all the way out to the lake-like formation. So I walked and walked until I was surrounded by white. The winds were so strong they nearly tore me off my feet, and other times they held me up.
I sat there in the salt, which was so sharp at points it made me bleed. I thought about my life, the layers that had built upon me, and where to go from here. I was determined to sit on that flat until I figured it out. All of a sudden, this sense of something I had known but forgotten, flushed through my veins. It is quite inexplicable, and would be futile to attempt to put into words. All I can say is I found what I was looking for out there – some sort of internal clue to the grand unraveling of self – and I walked back to continue on the rest of the road.
From the lowest point, I journeyed next to Dante’s View. Resting on the spine of the Black Mountains, it felt worlds away from where I just stood. The winds were still strong but crisp and rejuvenating. I ran up and down the hills and glanced below at the salt flats I had walked upon below.
I sat on the cliffs engulfed completely in the present moment. I felt so alive, and I couldn’t stop smiling. There’s something mystical in those hills. Just as before on the salt flats, I felt a sense of euphoric relief pulsing through my veins.
The next stop on my circuit was Artist’s Drive. It was a curvy, narrow road with colorful rocks. I climbed a giant purple hill of sand and zig-zagged through canyon switchbacks.
Then I hit Zabriskie Point, which is a formation of Badlands. The different sort of colors and layers seen in the Badlands are formed by mineral deposits, which are eroded over long periods of time. The metaphors to the internal subconscious layers within people felt very prevalent in Death Valley. Over the years, different emotions and experiences form and build layers upon the soul.
After this stop I headed out of the park. I had circled on my map a place called Amargosa Opera House and Hotel. I had only intended to stop there for a quick look around, and ended up spending the rest of my road trip right there.
I walked around the seemingly abandoned, yet operational little hotel and learned there was going to be a ballet performance in the opera house that night – the last weekend of the season in fact, and I just happened to show up an hour before it happened.
After a while, the sun disappeared and it was time for the ballet. The entirety of this place’s story is quite unique.
The grounds used to be associated with the nearby mine and the town was called Death Valley Junction. When the mine shut down the place was abandoned. Twenty years later a woman named Marta Becket stumbled upon the building along a road trip where she was performing in her own one-woman show as a ballerina. She fell in love with the place and set on to fix it up. Through many a hardship and great endeavor as it was to get the place in order, she resolved to do it. She made her own stage, and painted the entire opera house from top to bottom herself. Every Friday and Saturday she would perform her ballet dances whether there was an audience or not. It was just this year that Marta passed away.
The night that I was there, a young ballerina named Hilda Vazquez performed two of Marta’s dances and one of her own. Marta had taught her, and Hilda wanted to carry on the spirit. The entire experience was moving in its own mysterious way.
The next morning I wandered into the hotel cafe and sat at the diner counter. The coffee was good and cup after cup fueled my hand to write.
As I finished my final cup, and my final line, I knew it was time to carry on. I felt a sense of sadness to leave this place and Death Valley behind, but then I remembered my moment at Badwater and the Black Mountains. There was a sense of resolution and I would carry that with me wherever I went – from the highs and lows of Death Valley to the highs and lows of this long, strange trip of life.
May 31, 2017 at 11:36AM
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“From Dusk ’till Dawn” by David Lekach
By Erin Rose Belair
Photographer David Lekach draws a road map through an evening, from bedroom to barstool and beyond. He perfectly encapsulates a glittered good time, the sip of a drink, the aimless meander through a summer night. It’s quintessential, dazzling with flares of Bowie style, high pink eyeshadow, and hip hugging silks. The Catherine Fulmer Collection delivers the kind of wardrobe that makes you look and feel like the queen you truly are. You’d be hard pressed to find a better dressed party.
Entire sections of our lives can be boiled down into a collection of photographs, a certain jacket, a drink order, a timeless silk jumper. We are a series of memories, of bars and corner booths, of me and you. This is the evening that you never want to end, the night spent out until the sun comes up. Dive into the full story below and shop your favorite looks here.
May 25, 2017 at 09:32PM
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A 19th century Swedish home with an outdoor oasis
By firstname.lastname@example.org (My Scandinavian Home)
Could you imagine living here? I think I need to have words with the man when he gets home!
Oh and on an entirely separate note – you may have noticed some changes going on around here with my blog design! I felt it was time for a subtle refresh and am working with the talented Ana Dagenaar of Blog Milk Design to give My Scandinavian Home a little bit of a face lift. There may be some disturbances over the next few days – but I hope it should all be up and running by the end of the week. Do let me know if you spot anything strange, you’re missing anything or simply have a thought about the design you would like to share. I’m all ears! Thank you!
Have a lovely day!
PS I thought you might be interested to hear the wonderful blogger / colour trend specialist Gudy Herder is holding a give-away to win a copy of my book, The Scandinavian Home: Interiors inspired by light – open to European readers!
May 31, 2017 at 06:16AM
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May 30, 2017 at 10:30AM
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Get the look: inspiring sitting room of an interior designer
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Photography: Niki Brantmark – My Scandinavian Home. Styling: Genevieve Jorn – interior designer.
What a great space? I secretly wanted to stay and hang out right there on the sofa all week!
I especially love how the space is filled with art, personal touches and a mix of old and new.
The wooden pharmacy sideboard, console, and dining table compliment the original herringbone floor and add a wonderful warmth to the room – and the plants truly bring it to life (Gen bought ‘Benjamin‘ from an online second hand store for a song! It’s so worth keeping an eye out for bigger plants online – businesses are often selling them off!
Is there anything you love in particular about this space?
If you’re wondering about any of the other items give me a shout in the comment section below and I’ll do my best to help.
Have a great day!
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May 30, 2017 at 12:18AM
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“Wallflower” by BLAVKA
By Alison Green
‘Wallflower,” the latest editorial from photographer Haley Blavka, is a floral fever dream that is anything but shy, fluttering through your consciousness with a luscious, delirious energy that exhilarates all your senses. Brimming with unfiltered emotion and soft-edged sensuality, the series captures a restless and daydreamy internal landscape that evokes shades of Sofia Coppola’s rose-tinted Marie Antoinette.
Backlit by a vibrant wall of flowers and surrounded by lush plants, models Lexi Kingery and Shaheem Anderson embody a romantic and almost nostalgic longing, staring down the camera with a cool composure that unfolds into feverish moments of expressiveness. Donning exquisite vintage-inspired ensembles from Store Revolving Curation that perfectly embody the sumptuousness of the season, their expressions drift from radiant curiosity to moody defiance to winking mischief, leaving us feeling like there is much more to the story just beneath the filmy surface.
With flowers wound in their hair and petals pressed into their cheekbones, the series gives off an energy that is vulnerable and otherworldly, plucked from the past or the future. The result is an opulent wash of frenzied color that swallows you whole, intricately textured with a yearning intensity and anticipation. Highlighting our sublime, almost sacred connection to flowers and nature, this intoxicating editorial delicately and dizzyingly captures the golden glow of wallflowers in bloom.
May 26, 2017 at 11:41AM
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This Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives for…
This Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives for our country with Vincent Valdez’s “Excerpts For John” (2012). The series presents an unfolding sequence of a military funeral procession. Uniformed pallbearers carry a casket out of a cemetery and silently march their way through city streets and into an American barrio. The procession carries on until it reaches its final resting place: home. View the series in the upcoming exhibition “Home—So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957,” opening June 11. #MemorialDay #lacma #VincentValdez #pstlala #pstatlacma http://ift.tt/2rOysDB
May 29, 2017 at 08:55AM
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A lovely, light, Swedish split-level
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It looks as though the second floor was created from converted attic space – hence the white spiral staircase (love that, how about you?!). The original pattern in the glass windows of the dividing doors and the coat rack in the hall caught my eye, lovely!
Any tips on where the coat rack is from?
Is there anything that stands out to you?
Get the look: sitting room – the söderhamn sofa from IKEA, Flos 2097 pendant light, Jetson armchair by Bruno Mathsson. Office: wishbone chair, lonely house print, source made to measure white linen curtains here. Bedroom – string shelves, söderhamn section from IKEA.
I’m on an all day photo shoot today – very exciting as it’s been a while since I got my camera out! Go, go go! It’s going to be hawwwwt again today so I hope I’ll have time for one of these afterwards – I’ll totally deserve it right? I think you should join me! yum?!
Have a great start to the week!
May 28, 2017 at 11:02PM
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Make LACMA part of your long weekend! Enjoy free general…
Make LACMA part of your long weekend! Enjoy free general admission tomorrow (Monday) in honor of Memorial Day thanks to our friends @TeamTarget. #Regram via @awalkerinla featuring Rolph Scarlett’s “Allegro”, circa 1944, Gift of Fannie and Alan Leslie. #lacma #LACMAPlusYou #MemorialDay #TeamTarget http://ift.tt/2sbFC1o
May 28, 2017 at 04:58PM
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Today, Conjunto Oye! kicks off the 2017 season of Latin Sounds…
Today, Conjunto Oye! kicks off the 2017 season of Latin Sounds at LACMA. Put on those dancing shoes and head to Hancock Park at 5 pm for some salsa music! http://ift.tt/2rsusJm
May 27, 2017 at 11:26AM
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Débarrassons Le Plancher: A Sink Hole Sculpture Takes Over A Medieval Castle
By Live Fast Mag
This is where design meets history class. Conceptualized by design duo Fanny Bouchet and Emmanuelle Messier of Byme Architecture, Débarrassons le Plancher is a gorgeous art installation that simultaneously tricks and intrigues the eye.
French for “Let’s get rid of the floor,” Débarrassons le Plancher is composed of 3,000 wooden cubes. Arranged in a manner that gives off the illusion of the floor sinking inwards. A play on the l’assomoir, “the deadfall,” this installation alludes to the trapdoor that was used to trick and attack intruders.
While this piece was constructed for a festival created by the Center of National Monuments at Aigues-Mortes in France and is no longer on view, you can keep up with other peculiar and fascinating projects from this design team here.
May 25, 2017 at 02:49PM
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“A Tearful Tale” by Benjamin Askinas
By Azara Meghie
I met a man
Nearly all his words floated on a tear
From the passion he spoke
A crackle in the voice you could hear
Due to all the beauty and wonders his eyes hath bestowed
On him and his heart
Every photographic image brings a spark
Reigniting the chapter
Reliving from the start
Like the best recurring dream
His heart recites the story
With overwhelming intensity
Making the jaw drop wide and let out a silent scream…
The theme of this story has more colours than the rainbow
More depth to a man, I’m sure he would even say so
Not because of his reservoir library
Lending the most enchanted fairytale
With a drenching trickle
But for what he highlights as his priority
Totally changing your concept of the minority
In the story
Exciting the possibilities your eyes could behold
The end of each sentence is unfinished with silence
Because the expression can not be told
There is not a sign of cold
Because his eyes, heart and hands are warm
You feel his heart
As he pours his water into your mind
And embraces you with a fairytale
I met a man
Or should I say a man met me with a story to tell.
May 24, 2017 at 04:55PM
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The next time you visit LACMA, be sure to check out Sam Durant’s…
The next time you visit LACMA, be sure to check out Sam Durant’s “Like, man, I’m tired of waiting” (2002) installed on the west facade of the Ahmanson Building. Durant’s electric lightbox, like other works from this series, appropriates the text of a hand-lettered sign pictured in photographs of a civil rights march in 1963, exploring how a phrase can be transformed in different contexts and media. #lacma #SamDurant #LACMAPlusYou #regram via @ mqba [Sam Durant, “Like, man, I’m tired of waiting”, 2002, promised gift of Susan Hancock in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary] http://ift.tt/2qY7V6i
May 24, 2017 at 04:44PM
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The Agenda Festival Line-Up is the Stuff of Our Dreams
By Live Fast Mag
Agenda Long Beach has been a hub for burgeoning surf, skate, and streetwear brands for years now. A meeting of the minds, a place to see and be seen, and 48 hours of intriguing marketing activations from heavy hitters and rising companies alike, the trade show has long been a source of both inspiration and creative development for industry heads and novices alike.
Enter Agenda Festival. An expansion on the pre-existing trade show, Agenda Festival is an immersive music and shopping experience. Fusing skate, surf, street culture, food, and art together, the festival is open to the public, offering a unique experience to interact with some of your favorite brands, catch performances from Tyler the Creator, Ludacris, Cam’ron, Lil Dicky, and more.
Intrigued? We thought so. Purchase tickets here.
May 24, 2017 at 05:33AM
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Hotel Tour: Panamint Springs Resort Death Valley, CA
By Kayla Clancy
The arrival into Death Valley National Park hailed pitch blackness. Amidst the night of the desert, the stars were sparkling brightly yet there was no other visibility besides the headlights of the car hitting the road and the moon above. After an hour or so drive across the park, Panamint Springs Resort was upon the road. It was a desert oasis lined with cabins. In the distance, the darkness promised a magnificent view upon sunrise.
Settling into the cabin was a cozy relief from the road. The walls were lined top to bottom with beautiful wood. It was the perfect place to cozy up and read some Jim Morrison poetry before drifting off to desert dreams.
Upon rising, a glance out the cabin window yielding a view of purple mountain ranges and wide open spaces. Something about the vastness of the desert promised potential and hope. Across the street, a cafe offered a simple cup of coffee and some breakfast. The strong coffee and a fresh map of Death Valley yielded an exciting start to the day.
Panamint Springs was the perfect location to launch on an adventure into the park. From the West to the East, the road was calling. First, the Mesquite Sand Dunes presented a desert playground of sand. Next onto the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. There is just so much to explore in the National Park. Photo series coming soon.
May 23, 2017 at 09:41AM
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An inspiring Berlin apartment full of contrast
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I find this apartment so amazingly inspiring! If I had to choose one thing I love in particular though, I’d say the dusty pink sofa against the bold wallpaper (any idea where the wallpaper is from?).
How about you?!
The concrete wall fascinates me. It reminds me of the lovely Norwegian home of artist Maria Overbye which we photographed for The Scandinavian Home. Like in this home, Maria has left the walls bare because she loved the contrast between the raw patina of dried plaster against contemporary items such as lighting.
Could you imagine having this look in your home?
See more pictures and a full write-up of this lovely home over at Herz&Blut – and over 250 (yes, crazy I know!) beautiful international homes in this archive (if this home comes up first just scroll past).
It’s a loooong bank holiday weekend here in Sweden so we’re gearing up for a few days off in the sun starting from this evening –woohoo! I hope you have a lovely rest of the week and see you Monday!
May 24, 2017 at 06:26AM
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With Raenee in Sydney
Another few snaps of my Hansen & Gretel + Zoe Karssen outfit from last week. This time on film while catching up with uber-cutie Raenee between shows.
May 24, 2017 at 12:55AM
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