Satellite Voices champions creative cultural provocateurs from around the globe that deserve the rest of the world’s attention. This new cultural platform - led by independent city editors from Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, Rome, Munich, Dubai, Shanghai and Santiago, highlights the month’s best stories across fashion, music, art, film, photography and culture, and is brought to you by Dazed and Swatch. Here are our top four Art & Culture picks from this month.
26-year-old Alina Gutkina is one of Russia’s breakthrough, young contemporary artists whose exploration into the cultural struggles of Russia’s youth movements transcends performance art, installations, film and photography. A graduate of the Moscow ICA, with shows at New York’s White Box Gallery and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, her recently acclaimed "Industry of Actual Boys" exhibition at the GMG Gallery is a collision between the beauty, strength and vulnerability of young men in Russia. Inspired by Russian rap she cites her creative process as: “Permanent observation and total presence.”
Founded by Florian Hubalek in 2009, the Firstlines Gallery in the bohemian Glockenbach quarter of Munich dedicates itself to the promotion and development of emerging German artists from all disciplines. Supporting cutting edge artists at the beginning of their career is their modus operandi and Firstlines is becoming one of the city’s most respected creative hubs. “Firstlines is interested in creating a dialogue full of excitement with young artists and omnifarious creative people. Firstlines makes young talents act in a self-determining sphere of activity, thus enabling an artistic revolution,” explains Hubalek.
China’s contemporary art scene is changing. The new wave of emerging artists have been dubbed the post-80s generation, artists born under the one-child policy after the Cultural Revolution. Growing up in the vortex of change socially and culturally, while strongly rooted in China's socialism policy. Curator Kimiko Mitani Woo has put together a collective of artists who represent this change, from performance to 8bit pixel work, artists Woog, MOMOROBO, Matthew Carey and Francis Lam represent this life-changing era and remix of old and new. “There are artworks featuring their tradition and history as well as their memory of their childhood expressed in radical way,” Woo explains.
Chim Pom is one of Tokyo’s most controversial and socio-political art collectives who refuse to stand down. Poverty, violence and most recently (and to much discourse) Japan’s relationship with nuclear power are themes not usually explored in modern Japanese art, yet the six-person collective have continued to push the boundaries even after the tragic events of March 11. An affectionate yet subversive new exhibition entitled “K-I-S-S-I-N-G” that assesses the increase in need for intimacy and affection in Japan amongst this time of extreme loneliness and vulnerability.
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