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March 1, 2017

15 Things To Do This March

Lil Uzi Vert in London, Margiela in Antwerp and a festival in the Sahara desert

  • Written by Brooke McCord

William Eggleston: Los Alamos, Foam, Amsterdam

William Eggleston, En Route to New Orleans, 1971–1974, from the series Los Alamos, 1965–1974 © Eggleston Artistic Trust 2004 _ Courtesy David Zwirner, New York_London

William Eggleston, En Route to New Orleans, 1971–1974, from the series Los Alamos, 1965–1974 © Eggleston Artistic Trust 2004, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York, London

Amsterdam’s Foam gallery is set to host the work of influential photographer William Eggleston this month. Eggleston is renowned for his extensive documentation of America and for being a pioneer of colour photography from the mid 1960s onwards. The work in Los Alamos starts in Eggleston’s hometown of Memphis, documents his exploration of New Orleans, Las Vegas and South California, and, of course, features Los Alamos, New Mexico, before ending at Santa Monica Pier. 17 March – 7 June. foam.org

Movies That Matter Festival, The Hague

Movies That Matter, A Matter of ACT Programme 2017., Kiki

Movies That Matter, A Matter of ACT Programme 2017, Kiki

Movies That Matter is Amnesty International’s annual festival that takes place in The Hague. Presenting over 70 human rights based films and documentaries from around the world, often followed by debate, the festival has become renowned for its ability to draw in an influential crowd of activists, film makers, politicians and journalists alike. The festival also hosts “A Matter of ACT”, a platform that commends the work of nine human rights defenders in their brave fight against injustice and oppression, each year. 24 March – 1 April. moviesthatmatter.nl

Imagine Moscow, Design Museum, London

Imagine Moscow. El Lissitzky, Proun, 1922-23, gouache pencil on paper. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Imagine Moscow. El Lissitzky, Proun, 1922-23, gouache pencil on paper. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

London’s Design Museum’s forthcoming exhibition Imagine Moscow, explores an alternate vision of the Soviet capital – imagined by a group of bold architects and designers in the 1920s and 30s ­– that was never realised. Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the exhibition draws on rare large-scale artworks, propaganda, and publications from the era, that offer an insight into what could have been. With a key focus on collectivisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialisation, communal living and recreation, the show explores the pillars of Soviet life and ideology. 15 March – 4 June. designmuseum.org

SXSW, Austin, Texas

SXSW. SouthBites, photographer, Alexa Gonzalez Wagner

SXSW. SouthBites, photographer Alexa Gonzalez Wagner

The annual SXSW conference and festival takes place this month in Texas, celebrating the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Referring to itself as one of the most “diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities” in the world, SXSW is a destination for discovery. Look out for South Bites (a Mexican food exhibition) and a series of on-site art installations. And when it comes to the music, there’s everything from rising Dutch techno artists to Brooklyn’s Joey Bada$$ and London’s Little Simz. 10 – 19 March. sxsw.com

Pello Irazu: A Retrospective, Guggenheim, Bilbao

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Pello Irazu, The Land that Sleeps (La tierra que duerme), 1986. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Long-term loan Collection Soledad Lorenzo, 2014 © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017

This month sees the Guggenheim, Bilbao, play host to a retrospective of Pello Irazu’s art. Think large-scale installations and hybrid objects, photography, drawings, and mural paintings that explore the relationships that the human body forms with other bodies, objects, images and spaces. 10 March – 25 June. guggenheim-bilbao.eus 

Margiela: The Hermès Years, Mode Museum, Antwerp

Hermès AW 2001-2002 Collarless jacket and pants in cashmere and silk, high-neck pullover in cashmere and silk, scarf ‘Losange’ in silk crêpe, Le Monde d’Hermès, Photo, Ralph Mecke

Hermès AW 2001-2002 Collarless jacket and pants in cashmere and silk, high-neck pullover in cashmere and silk, scarf ‘Losange’ in silk crêpe, Le Monde d’Hermès, Photo Ralph Mecke

Martin Margiela’s Hermès collections crafted between 1997 and 2003 will be on display for the first time at Antwerp’s Mode Museum from the end of this month. The exhibition takes a closer look at the years Margiela spent as artistic director at the luxury house. His 12 collections chez Hermès are largely less examined than his own brand work, so it provides fascinating extra insight into the designer. 32 March – 27 August. momu.be

The Last Chapel: Quentin Tarantino, Backyard Cinema, London

Picture; Pulp Fiction, Backyard Cinema

Pulp Fiction, Backyard Cinema

London’s favourite pop-up cinema, Backyard, is looking to the work of Quentin Tarantino for their latest event. Having transformed their Mercato Metropolitano space  in a former paper factory in South London into The Last Chapel (an imagined abandoned church deep in the Nevada desert, in which a rogue priest is rumoured to be locked up) we’re expecting dark things from their immersive Tarantino-themed season. Catch a screening of Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill or Reservoir Dogs, or scan the bill for other cult cinematic heroes features like Fight Club, Blow or Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. 22 March – 8 April. backyardcinema.co.uk

J.W.Anderson: Disobedient Bodies, Hepworth, Wakefield

J.W.Anderson, Disobedient Bodies, The Thinleys, 2015, Jamie Hawkesworth

J.W.Anderson, Disobedient Bodies, The Thinleys, 2015, Jamie Hawkesworth

This month Wakefield’s Hepworth Gallery presents a major exhibition in collaboration with one of fashion’s most current and innovative contemporary designers: J.W.Anderson. Set to encompass a personal selection of sculptures, alongside notable fashion pieces and art and design objects, the exhibition intends to examine the way that many artists, including the likes of Henry Moore, Helmut Lang, Rei Kawakubo and Anderson himself, have explored the human form through the mediums of art, fashion and design. Disobedient Bodies will also address the role of gender in such design, something that’s been central to many of Anderson’s own collections to date. 18 March – 18 June. hepworthwakefield.orgSonar Istanbul, Turkey

When it comes to the global festival circuit, Sonar is dominating right now. Aside from their annual fixtures in Barcelona, Hong Kong and Stockholm, this month Sonar are hosting a festival in Istanbul for the first time. In line with their other events, Sonar Istanbul will continue to fuse music, creativity and technology in its latest home. Nina Kraviz, Weval and Kode9 are not to be missed. 24 – 25 March. sonaristanbul.com 

The American Dream: Pop to Present, British Museum, London

The American Dream, pop to present. Edward Ruscha (b.1937). Standard Station. Screenprint, 1966. The Museum of Modern Art, New York_Scala, Florence. Courtesy of Ed Ruscha.

The American Dream, pop to present. Edward Ruscha (b.1937). Standard Station. Screenprint, 1966. The Museum of Modern Art, New York_Scala, Florence. Courtesy of Ed Ruscha.

The creative momentum of the United States is the subject matter of the British Museum’s latest exhibition, The American Dream: Pop to Present. The exhibition looks at work created by American artists over the last 60 years: from the explosion of pop art in the 1960s to the current day. From Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, to that of Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu, each artist showcased has boldly experimented with printmaking as a medium. 9 March ­­– 18 June. americandreamexhibition.org

Scarlett Hooft Graafland: Discovery, Flowers Gallery, London

Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Still life with Camel, 2016 - C-Type Print

Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Still life with Camel, 2016 – C-Type Print

Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s first solo exhibition takes place at London’s Flowers Gallery this month. The collection of Hooft Graafland’s surreal, dream-like photographs takes us from the salt desert of Bolivia, to the sparse Canadian Arctic, over to the island of Madagascar and to the tranquil shores of Vanuatu. Her work explores the relationship between nature and cultural constructs, and this exhibition has been ten years in the making. 29 March – 29 April. flowersgallery.com

Lil Uzi Vert, Electric Ballroom, London

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The Philly born rapper hits the Camden venue, fresh off the back of his Paris gig. You Was Right, Ps & Qs and Money Longer are going to be delivered with mad vitality. DJ Semtex supports. 6 March, electricballroom.co.uk

Barbican Human Rights Film Festival, Barbican, London

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017. Girl Unbound, The War to be Her, Erin Heidenreich

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017. Girl Unbound, The War to be Her, Erin Heidenreich

Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Barbican, London for another year this March. Taking place over the course of a week, the festival presents 13 feature documentaries that each present topical and provocative subject matter that demonstrates the challenges being faced globally when it comes to defending human rights. We recommend catching a viewing of Girl Unbound: The War To Be Her, a film that documents Maria Toorpakai’s fight against Taliban law (which forbids women to play sports) by disguising herself as a boy in order to be able to compete in squash tournaments. 10 ­– 17 March, barbican.org.uk

Beyond Sahara Festival, Erg Chebbi, Morocco

Beyond Sahara Festival 2016

“Life is too short for ordinary holidays”, according to Beyond Sahara. The offers adventure and music, and last year the Beyond Sahara crew took 200 like-minded individuals on a trip across North Africa into the Sahara desert, stopping at various desert camps, a pool party, Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains en route. 3 ­– 6 March. takemebeyond.co.uk

Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon, Royal Academy, London

RA Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, London’s Royal Academy of the Arts is hosting their first ever “edit-a-thon” that seeks to improve the coverage of female Royal Academicians on Wikipedia. With women only making up 17% of the biographies on Wikipedia, the RA invites guests to join in the edit, whilst learning about past and present female Royal Academicians, including two of their founding members Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser. 5 March. royalacademy.org.uk

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Main image: Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Still life with Camel, 2016 – C-Type Print

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