Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

In its final week at the V&A, I entered the labyrinth of dramatic performance through spaces dedicated to Opera’s worldwide journey; beginning in Venice, each space quickly adopts its own character.

Russian Ark

Russian Ark: A Masterpiece in One Shot

I look at how Alexander Sokurov’s Indie/Arthouse film challenges the technical elements of filmmaking for a fantastical tale at the Hermitage

Instant Stories. Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

This year, with a whole host of special exhibits, it is Wim Wenders’ Instant Stories that is captivating audiences.

Two floors within the space are dedicated to the work of filmmaker, actor, playwright and photographer Wim Wenders (Wings Of Desire, Pina, Alice In The Cities). With over 200 polaroids, many of which are those largely unseen, alongside moving visuals and text by Wenders, the exhibition becomes a treasure trove, a visual narrative that looks into a small part of Wenders visual diary from 1970 onwards.

The New British Vogue

It’s hard to say what is in store for the future of Vogue, but under Enninful’s watchful eye and direction, Vogue’s future can only be bright. 

Breathe Easy (2016)

Ignited by Paul Mackie (DrunksLikeUs 2014 and All Above Board 2015), the film has been pulled together like a jigsaw and centred around one global event. The film is comprised of scenes each directed singly by twenty directors across ten countries.

27,000 Neckties for the Venice Biennale

The contemporary visual art exhibition organised and held in Venice biennially since 1895 has come a long way. As Picasso’s work was once  removed from the Spanish salon in the central Palazzo, in fear that its unconventionality may shock the public; the Biennale is now a place for artists from around the world to challenge and test perceptions.  

The Outfit I Will Never Wear Again

1995: A mother put her little girl in a dress for a family wedding. A scoop-neckline. Floral. Edged in a silk pink frill beneath a flared drop waist. Dad photographed us.

Staying Silent Amidst Political Turmoil

It’s officially voting day here in the UK, not that many could miss the news of its onset. I’m posting this today because I’m not writing to change anyone’s mind, nor am I here to rant, I’m here to day that it’s okay to vote for whichever party you want, and that’s okay. 

April Chill (Aprilis Suskhi), 2010

Written and directed by Tornike Bziava, April Chill (Aprilis Suskhi) is a Georgian short-film that joins the ranks alongside many other underrated shorts.