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January 6, 2017

15 Things To Do This January

Photography in Miami, Princess Nokia in London, Vivienne Westwood in China and then some

  • Written by Brooke McCord

North, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

Raf SImos AW03, Credit, Open Eye Gallery

Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery has been championing photography from the North of England for over 40 years. This month, it’s playing host to new exhibition North, co-curated by Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray. Featuring the photographs, artworks and fashion collections by talents born and bred in the North, the exhibition explores how the North of England is depicted, constructed and celebrated. Expect photography by Jamie Hawkesworth and Alasdair McLellan, fashion by Claire Barrow and Christopher Shannon, visual work by contemporary artist Mark Leckey and a collaboration between Haçienda nightclub designer Ben Kelly and Virgil Abloh. 6 January – 19 March.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand, Diane Arbus, %22Love-In%22, Central Park, New York City, 1969; © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand, Diane Arbus, Love-In, Central Park, New York City, 1969; © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Spanning the first seven years of the photographer’s career from 1956 – 1962, Diane Arbus: In the Beginning is an intimate look at Diane Arbus’ early days and her initial interest in the performers and pedestrians that would later become the subject matter that defined her work. As a lifelong New Yorker, the city and its citizens were integral to Arbus’ art and her connection with the city enabled her to produce some of the twentieth century’s most powerful portraiture. The exhibition brings together over 100 images by the iconic American Photographer, whilst also documenting her switch from 35mm photography to her trademark square format.
21 January – 30 April.

London Fashion Week Men’s, various locations, London

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Kicking off today is London Fashion Week Men’s and set to show this season are the likes of London favourites Craig Green (above), Christopher Shannon, J.W.Anderson and Matthew Miller, amongst a whole host of others. If you don’t have a ticket, fear not, the city is set to be thriving with street style and parties aplenty.
6 – 9 January.

Princess Nokia, XOYO, London


Harlem-hailing 24-year-old rap artist and songwriter Princess Nokia is making noise for all the right reasons. Following her 2016 release – a 9-track mixtape titled 1992, that pays homage to the hip-hop sounds she grew up on – Nokia, aka Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, is making a big name for herself. This month she’s performing live at London’s XOYO. Listen to Kitana and Brujas in the run up to the main event.
31 January.

Miami Street Photography Festival, Miami

365 Days, Tavepong Pratoomwong, Street Photo Thailand at Miami Street Photograhy Festival

The annual Miami Street Photography Festival takes place this month and is set to showcase the best of contemporary street and documentary photography across the globe. From street photographers that capture candid and compelling moments of strangers and passers-by, to those who document their culture, peers, or the gritty realities of life ­, the images promise to document genuine street culture around the world. This year MSPF also presents Street Photo Thailand, a collective of work by a group of street photographers dedicated to capturing Bangkok’s extraordinary and dynamic city life. Until 15 January.

Martin Scorsese Season, BFI Southbank, London

Goodfellas, 1990, Credit, 1990 Warner Bros, Martin Scorsese Season at BFI Southbank

This year, the BFI are kicking things off with a two-month season dedicated to the work of Martin Scorsese, to coincide with the release of his new film Silence, that tells the story of two Christian missionaries. Expect to be taken from the streets of New York with Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and The Wolf of Wall Street, or into the ring with Robert De Niro in Raging Bull. The screenings will present an in-depth retrospective of the producer and director’s unique and unparalleled body of work on the big screen until the end of February 2017. January – February 2017.

Ren Hang, FOAM, Amsterdam


This month FOAM Amsterdam plays host to an exhibition of Chinese poet and photographer Ren Hang’s, work. Having been selected by the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund during the Unseen Photo Fair 2016, Hang’s work is set to garner global attention this month. Explicit, provocative and beautiful all at once, it features naked, mainly Chinese, youths, swans, peacocks, fish, snakes, cherries, flowers and trees. The female models in Hang’s work – who are invited to apply to feature via his website – are often shot entwined in complex body compositions, or in provocative positions, each model becoming a human sculpture. Hang aims to explore and break through the taboos surrounding the naked body and the sexes through his explicit imagery. 27 January – 12 March.

Vivienne Westwood’s Get A Life, K11 Art Space, Shanghai


Vivienne Westwood’s Get A Life! at K11, Courtesy of K11 Shanghai

Currently running in Shanghai’s K11 Art Space is British designer and activist Vivienne Westwood’s Get A Life exhibition. Fusing Chinese contemporary art, eco-friendly fashion and activism, the exhibition takes inspiration from Westwood’s passion and ongoing work in raising awareness about the effects of climate change and over-consumption. Co-curated by Westwood and her team, the exhibition is one of the first in China to merge such subject matter with creative disciplines. In turn, Get A Life sees a handful of Chinese contemporary artists – Sunxun, Wu Junyog and Zhang Ruyi – present work that interprets relationships within nature, the environment and humanity, through film, photography and fashion. The exhibition also displays archive looks from Westwood’s “Save The Rainforest” and “Mirror The World” collections. Until 28 February.

Terrains of the body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Whitechapel Gallery, London


Taken from Washington’s National Museum of Women in the Arts, London’s Whitechapel Gallery is set to showcase photography and film by 17 contemporary artists from around the world in their forthcoming Terrains of the Body exhibition. Featuring work by both established and emerging female artists including Marina Abramović, Nan Goldin and Anna Gaskell, Terrains of the body celebrates visual artists that embrace the female body as a medium through which to tell the story of individual identity or collective experience. 18 January – 16 April.

Theo Parrish, JAM Gallery, Sydney


If you’re consciously avoiding dry January, go catch an extended set from Detroit-based soundsmith Theo Parrish at Sydney’s JAM Gallery this weekend. Having started spinning and producing tracks at the tender age of 13, and been influenced by everyone from Lil Louis and Frankie Knuckles to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, Parrish is renowned for his stellar sets that encompass everything from house and funk, to jazz and soul. Set to be joined by Ben Fester and Preach for this fixture, Parrish’s tour of Australia is set to be a memorable one. 7 January.

Give Me Yesterday, Milan Osservatorio, Milan

View of exhibition Give Me Yesterday. Photo Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Curated by Francesco Zanot, Give Me Yesterday is the inaugural exhibition to grace Osservatorio, the Fondazione Prada’s new exhibition space located in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Featuring the work of 14 Italian and international artists – including the likes of Ryan McGinley, Melanie Bonajo, Wen Ling and Greg Reynolds – the show explores the use of photography as a personal diary over a given period of time, from the early 2000s through to today. Examining the type of photography popularised by the likes of Nan Goldin, Larry Clark and Diane Arbus, the exhibition explores the idea that the photographic diary has become an instrument through which people can focus on their own daily lives and intimacies. In turn, the photographs featured in the exhibition illustrate how the immediacy and spontaneity of documentary photography can become an extreme gaze over the individual or collective identities of the subjects of such photos. Until 12 March.

Chitose and Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Japan

Chitose and Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Japan’s annual festival in Chitose and Lake Shikotsu takes place by the hot springs in one of country’s national parks. The ice festival features hundreds of ice sculptures, made from water frozen from Lake Shikotsu itself. Also featuring an ice slide, an ice rink and traditional Wadaiko drum performances, the festival itself spans 23 days and attracts thousands of day trippers who also tend to use the hot springs after viewing the intricate ice sculptures, seen lit up in vivid colourways by night. 27 January – 19 February.

Miguel Campell @ R33, Barcelona

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Barcelona’s underground club R33 is renowned for throwing stellar Friday through until Monday parties with unforgettable line-ups. This month it’s all about Hot Creations and Outcross Records regular, Miguel Campbell. For this fixture, Campbell is joined by Neapolitan techno DJ, Manuel Del Giudice. 28 January.

Photo50 at London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

Melanie Manchot, 11-18, Year-3, London Art Fair

Photo50 is London Art Fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography. Providing a platform to showcase the most innovative work in current photography practice, 2017’s instalment, Gravitas, is a group exhibition curated by Christiane Monarchi. Set to explore the contrast between youth and maturity, the images of adolescents chosen by Monarchi explore the taboos associated with portraying children in the media under the age of consent, along with the idea of childhood nostalgia in the public forum. London-based visual artist Melanie Manchot’s moving image work 11/18, is a particular highlight. 18 – 22 January.

Storyland Festival, Cartagena, Colombia

Storyland Festival, Cartagena, Columbia

From the makers of Colombia’s biggest electronic dance music festival, Summerland, comes Storyland for 2017. Taking place to the north of Cartagena in Zona Norte for three days and nights, the line-up includes international heavyweights like Luciano, Art Department and Nicole Moudaber, amongst others. Aside from pulling in some of the world’s biggest DJs, Storyland attracts over 30,000 revellers to Colombia each year. 6 – 8 January.


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