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06/08/2019

STRANGE LOVE FOR SOUTHEND OR: HOW TO STOP THE BOMB

So for Southend, it is difficult for its communities and culture to bloom when the “working-class” narrative is being actively used to reject a wider dialogue, which further invalidates marginalised identities.

25/03/2019

tHE PINEAPPLE: MOTHER & CHILD: THE (RE)BIRTHING OF BASILDON

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20/01/2019

DORIS: THE FOREBODING TIME TRAVELLER FROM A NEOLIBERAL FUTURE

In a similar vein, care work for many has become a “last resort” for those seemingly without other prospects or opportunities. One colleague, aged 20, went to her local job centre and specified that she would like to work with animals. The job centre representative replied with, “Have you ever considered working with the elderly?”

23/11/2018

EVERYONE MUST GO!

THE OTHER MA - Havens

With “EVERYONE MUST GO”, they have offered a comment which is not only relevant to the state of the art realm but also to the wider demographic outside the Haven’s store doors. Finding spaces for art to bloom in Southend-on-Sea is no mean feat.

30/10/2018

THE CULTURAL ME: THE PROBLEMATIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SUFFRAGISM, COLONIALISM AND UNIVERSAL EQUALITY

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15/10/2018

ART TOUCHES ART: FEMALE PROTAGONISTS DO NOT A FEMINIST FILM MAKE - HOW LARS VON TRIER LET SLIP HIS MISOGYNY

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26/09/2018

COMRADES - THE LANGUAGE OF SOLIDARITY IS A SMALL BUT RADICAL STEP WE CAN ALL TAKE.

How we define ourselves has been shaped by late capitalism and neoliberalilsm. How can we unpick this dangerous discourse?

30/8/18

THE CULTURAL ME: SUFFRAGETTE AND THE RECLAMATION OF SLURS

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17/07/18

WHEN A BLIMP IS A BAD IDEA.

To have greeted Trump at the Houses of Parliament with his sky-high, larger-than-life cartoon character was merely that: a greeting, not a protest.

 

09/07/18

WE WANT THE HOMELESS TO STAY HOMELESS.

Have you experienced that strange effect when repeating a word over and over- on page, in mind, from mouth - until it seems to lose meaning? As I write, I am experiencing this with the word “homeless”. A prefix to so many lives without regard to the actualities of a significant socioeconomic issue.

15/06/18

ART TOUCHES ART: THE PROOF IS IN THE PROMISED LAND

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26/05/18

ART CAPITAL - ART FOR THE ELIZABETH LINE

WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

In the future, when everyone is connected by wires and wireless and tunnels and trains and driver-less transport - will we be content in this world? Or will we find spaces to recreate the land destroyed, the land swallowed up by such means, the life that was before, to reassure ourselves?

 

16/04/18

SOFT . LIPID . LOVE

CATALINA BARROSO-LUQUE - Chalton Gallery

The digitisation of the worker has exacerbated; from factory workers and supermarket cashiers losing jobs to machines, to entire work forces whose boss is essentially an app (and doesn’t even grant them basic employment rights). Who si the robot now?

 

28/03/18

LANDSCAPES AND ECHOES

JOHN DOUBLEDAY - Beecroft Gallery

The idea of the female body as resembling the landscape is a familiar one - curves mirroring hills, sand dunes. But I wonder if this notion has become problematic?