Art

One Piece by Najmun Nahar Keya: The Spell Song

April 14, 2021

A wall of soft words. Bangla script as sculpture, with pillow-like volume and skin of shimmering sari fabric. The formal beauty of written Bangla catches the eye of the uninitiated. The title, The Spell Song, heightens the mystery of the text. For Bangla speakers the softness will transcend the physical to the linguistic. The phrases … Read More

Ayesha Raees Explores Displacement Through Hybrid Art Forms

April 12, 2021

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, hybrid-artist Ayesha Raees spent her childhood moving frequently. As displacement became a facet of her identity, it also started showing up as a common theme in her creative work. In many poems, such as in “SI Unit,” she describes her impartial existence being displaced from childhood to womanhood: “I spent much … Read More

Revisiting Joy Crookes’s Covers

March 9, 2021

When I sit at my desk most days, I try to convince myself that it’s not winter – that the sunlight I see scattered across my view would make me sweat if I went outside. I know that if I snuggled up to my window, my nose to the cold pane, and looked down, I’d … Read More

Melika’s “1010” Transcends Into the Ethereal

March 5, 2021

NYC-based singer, songwriter, and producer, Melika, dropped the new video for her track 1010 last week. The video, directed by Kateryna Czartorysky, begins with her walking into a bedroom colored in indigo and magenta fabrics. Before her head falls onto a pillow, her body transcends into the ethereal. “Respect we moving slow // Breathing through … Read More

One Piece by Hangama Amiri, Arayeshgah-e Bahar

February 16, 2021

Hangama Amiri is memorializing the everyday lives of contemporary Afghan urbanites. Combining a fashion designer’s toolkit with the history and language of painting, Amiri is creating rich images that place Afghan women at the center. We see a colorful bazaar, banners for Khatool Mohammadzai, the first and most senior female general in the Afghan National … Read More

Raveena’s “Tweety” Is Nostaligic for the Innocence of First Love

February 9, 2021

Raveena dropped the music video for her latest song “Tweety” last week. Directed by Raveena and Chris Cadaver, the video’s retro, ‘90s aesthetic–chronicled by desk telephones, lava lamp backdrops, bell bottoms, and sticky hands–evokes our nostalgia for innocent first loves and aimless summers. The song features gentle, swaying beats and the unique allure of Raveena’s … Read More

“Nobody Is Listening” Has Moments of Sweetness

January 26, 2021

Zayn Malik quietly released his new album, Nobody Is Listening, earlier this month. With his smooth vocals and familiar post-boy band R&B, the One Direction alum is definitely hard to ignore. The album begins with “Calamity,” which listens like a spoken word piece and gives an edge to an otherwise generic pop album. The track … Read More

Edwin Raphael’s “Sea Of Things” Offers an Escape From Anxiety

December 9, 2020

Edwin Raphael premiered the music video for his new single “Sea Of Things” today in Flaunt. The song gives a small glimpse into the “spectrum of human indulgence” he explores in his upcoming Staring At Ceilings EP, which is due out in February 2021. The Montreal-via-Dubai based artist parallels most things in life to water … Read More

Nudes for a Cause

December 4, 2020

The idea of “nude” is a vulnerable thing. The color is contentious – nude-colored for one is not necessarily nude for another and the default in fashion remains a pink, beige-like color. When I was a child taking movement classes, my ballet shoes were light pink to match skin I didn’t have. Then there’s the … Read More

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