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Where are we going?

By highlighting the Superstar Curators collectively driving towards positive and just change in the art world, Akworkor Thomspon begins to unpick the narratives of repatriation, power and decolonisation at play

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It’s a journey, isn’t it?

Priya Khanchandani’s role as Head of Curatorial and Interpretation at the Design Museum in London may allow her more scope than ever before to drive forward our cultural institutions’ moral imperatives; yet, as Ryan Filchak discovers, this has long been on her agenda.

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Become a boom saloon member before July 12th and be in with a chance to win a week’s retreat in the Scottish Highlands – in thanks for your support of our work to rewrite the story of dementia.

  • Win a week’s retreat in the Scottish Highlands for 5 people

  • Stay in a log house within five acres of private grounds above the shoreline of Gruinard Bay

  • Enjoy direct and private access to the beach

  • Spot red and roe deer, pine marten, seals, otters and badgers from the sea view sitting room, complete with open fire

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Considering photography as a colonial practice, Laura Beltrán Villamizar argues for a need to understand the discipline’s complex history and politics to allow for the redistribution of power, and the reclamation of space for diverse storytellers to define themselves.

Archived: sensitive boys club’s secondary jazz

“Musically, I’m interested in so many different styles of music; it might be jungle and electronica on a Friday night, ambient and classical on a Sunday evening and highlife and hip-hop on a Monday morning.”

Archived: We photograph, therefore we are

Agency, identity and affirmation form tangible outputs of the work of Rohingyatographer, a beacon of creative expression and resilience in the heart of the world’s largest refugee camp

Archived: Reconciling

If architecture really is the simplest means of modulating reality, what does the future hold for Algiers and its crumbling colonial restructuring?

Archived: Metamorphoses

You are currently viewing an archived version of this article. To reduce our digital footprint, we archive all articles after three months on site, compressing images to lighten page weight and lessen our impact on the world. Our full digital archive is accessible to boom saloon members, who directly enable our community projects and receive a series of member perks in thanks. To join them and further support our work, please become a member here. Not ready to be member yet? To make a one time donation, please click here Metamorphoses A chance encounter with the myths of Ovid led photographer Carlos Anguera to document humans’ deep connection to nature by way of underwater photography in the introspective ‘Metamorphoses’ photography – carlos anguera location – glasgow, scotland carlosanguera.com Carlos Anguera’s work deals with the metaphysical and physiological sense of perception – over time embracing a process-based approach to this practice. With a desire to evolve the act of picture making, Anguera’s portfolio experiments with the physicality of the medium and intuitively adds processes to counteract the immediacy of the photography itself. Grounding his work in meticulous research, Anguera nurtures the possibility of analog media and develops his output with contemporary technology. Metamorphoses’ was first imagined during the warm summer of 2019, spent in Anguera’s homeland of Mallorca. An introspective project, of the work he states: “I believe that photography as a medium has the power to become a therapeutic tool, a borderline between the conscious and the impulsive and an excuse to face challenging situations hiding behind a camera lens. “I decided to work on this project during my ninth year away from home. Being born on an island and moving to the UK, at the age of 15, made me grow so much as a person. On the other hand, this ‘nomadic’ approach to travelling and studying made me question my origins and challenge where I belong. It was a mix of being homesick but not fully understanding the elements that were triggering that constant uncertainty. I decided to take a break from work and studies and went back home to the small village where I grew up. At the time I was researching old manuscripts and theories about metaphysics when I stumbled upon the poems and myths by Ovid in his series ‘Metamorphoses.’ One of the main themes that resonated with me was the way humans were morphing into nature. After spending some time with an old underwater camera interacting with family and friends, I realised that the subjects portrayed were not that relevant and that, instead, I aimed to capture the state of being underwater. After processing the project back in the UK, I realised that my connection to my origins is not that related to specific places but to the people that I grew up with, our shared experiences and our resolve to maintain our deep connection to nature.” Excerpted from issue five of boom saloon A note: Each month, we update our site as part

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1 in 2 of us will be directly affected by dementia in our lifetimes; it is currently the leading cause of death in the UK. In spite of this, the general public are largely unaware of the dementia journey and how this can look for an individual following diagnosis. Many people with dementia feel their voice is taken from them and their true lived experience is rarely recognised or appreciated amidst a plethora of sensationalised headlines, medical jargon or scaremongering.

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