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ISSUE V

PHYSICAL

ISSUE 5 | October 2015 | PHYSICAL.


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THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTORS Adi Putra| Alexander Gross| Alexandra Von Fuerst | Alexis Vasilios | Allison Morris | Heather Jones + Matthew Kay | Hollis Johnson | Julian Dura | Crystalmafia | Denisse Garcia | Fernando Cobelo | Paper on Toast | Studio Waow | Svetlana Biryukova | Zipeng Zhu

IMAGE: STUDIO WAOW

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Issue V

ARCHIVE COLLECTIVE

PHYSICAL

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OCTOBER ‘15


PHYSICAL


IMAGE ON PREVIOUS PAGE: DENISSE GARCIA

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Bodies, faces, eyes, the physical structure of a person, or perhaps an animal, including the bones, flesh, and organs, figures, frames, forms, physiques, bits and pieces of anatomy, a corpse, the warm and deep core of it all, a most fragile heart, stretch marks, scars, expectations drawn with a blue pen on the palm of your hand, tangible, visceral, carnal, corporal, material, natural, your gaze in the mirror, organic, sensual, a swift and unexpected bending of the knees, physical.

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CONTENTS

ALEXANDER GROSS
 Film Photography
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ALEXANDRA VON FUERST
 Anemonia
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HOLLIS JOHNSON
 Blood Runs
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SVETLANA BIRYUKOVA
 Torgauerstrasse
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STUDIO WAOW
 Interactive Space
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ADI PUTRA
 Film Photography
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DENISSE GARCIA
 Die Einfall
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ALEXIS VASILIKOS
 Photography
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FERNANDO COBELO
 The Ordinary Young Man
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JONES + KAY
 No Title
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JULIAN DURA
 Portraits
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ANNA BU KLIEWER
 Paper on Toast
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ALLISON MORRIS
 Pretty Please 148

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CRYSTALMAFIA
 Memento Mori
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ZIPENG ZHU
 Holy Body
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Alexander
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Alexander Gross’ photography is the portrait of a generation. !

There’s a rawness and freshness to his approach; spontaneous and completely lacking in artifice. His images capture the people, actions and interactions that compose his day to day experience. It reads as an invitation into his life and his story. Just the way it is.

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The images were shot on a Canon Prima Zoom 85N and Nikon L35AF.

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http://iamalexandergross.tumblr.com/ https://instagram.com/iamalexandergross

"Hello! My name is Alexander Gross 
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I compulsively take pictures of what I consider interesting around me in my daily life, carrying an analog compact camera in my pocket whenever I can. I’m interested in capturing the lifestyle of youngsters and how they have fun and deal with different places and situations. The portrait of a generation and a time to which I myself belong."


ALEXANDRA VON FUERST

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ANEMONIA Italian photographer Alexandra Von Fuerst adopts a sculptural, highly stylized approach to portraiture, with a focus on texture, form, and the relationship between subject and space. Her portraits highlight colourful parallels between biological and sartorial elements, such as the subtle tonalities, tactile qualities, or undulations recreated by the body and garment alike. Alexandra currently lives and works between Berlin and London.

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www.alexandravonfuerst.com

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Hollis 
 Johnson BLOOD RUNS

documenting the habits and spaces of my relatives. In such, I find a further sense of myself.” Hollis Johnson grew up in southern New Hampshire and is currently working in New York City. He completed his BFA in photography in Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the spring of 2015. His work has been exhibited in galleries in San Diego, Portland and Boston, as well as numerous online publications. His work investigates the oddities of the modern experience of man with a certain degree of wry humour- not too much though.

“This series, Blood Runs, is rooted in time. Houses, plots and rooms all maintain their own inevitable progression of the present into the past. Time warps these private places, placing a weight upon its inhabitants- the burden of those before. This is an attempt to place myself within my own familial narrative so riddled with pride and performance, and investigate the flaws and foibles of kin by revisiting relationships and

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http://www.hollisjohnson.com/

THE LOST IMPRESSIONS


“It’s all questioning the idea of the family as the sacrosanct entity as portrayed in, say, 1950s sitcoms, as opposed to the more modern fluidity of kinship.”


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Biryukova

Svetlana


This work focuses on a family from Kosovo seeking asylum in Germany. They belong to the ethnic group of Ashkali, who form an ethnic minority of approximately 1% of the Kosovo’s population among the Albanian Kosovans majority. Similarly to Roma and Balkan Egyptians, they live in their villages and cities, predominantly in cities in Eastern Kosovo like Ferizaj, where the portrayed family comes from. All but a few of the Ashkali people in Kosovo are unemployed and although they are not persecuted, they are consistently discriminated against by the Albanian ethnic majority, making it hard for them to find their place within society and to find work.

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aren’t allowed to work in Germany or visit German language courses, nor can the children go to school. They spend their days and months monotonously doing the same routine such as visiting the immigration office or more often just being bored and isolated from the city. They are waiting and hoping to be granted asylum, to get their own place to live and a chance to go to school and get a job. In Kosovo, conflicts and issues involving the Ashkali remain absent from the media, since the Ashkali don’t belong to Albanian or Serbian ethnicity. Their physical features also lead them to be mistaken for Roma, though they don’t consider themselves as such, nor do they speak the Romani language. They speak Albanian and they are Muslim like the Albanian majority in Kosovo.

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The family portrayed in this photo-documentary has been living in Asylum seekers’ hostels in Germany for approximately eight months, five months of them in Leipzig. With the legal status they have in Germany they cannot leave Leipzig. The parents


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The setting of these photographs is limited to the asylum seekers’ hostel and the surrounding area, to emphasize the isolated condition these people are kept in. Firstly, they are isolated from the majority population in their own country; secondly as refugees, they are also isolated in Germany. These family portraits thus bring out the tension between displaced individual bodies and the social bodies that absorb or reject them.

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Svetland Biryukova Was born in Moscow, Russia in 1983. She currently lives and works in Leipzig. www.svetlana-biryukova.com

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STUDIO 
 WAOW GRAPHIC DESIGN 
 3D DESIGN

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Studio Waow’s “Interactive Space” is a seductive fantasy-land of 3D landscapes in which the hyper-digital interacts unapologetically with the archaic. Interestingly, the human form moves fluidly between these two realms, embodying both the sharp minimalist ideals of a futuristic imaginary and the classical archetypes of Greco-Roman sculpture. In these compositions, like in the temples and sanctuaries of the

Golden Age, the human bust is not merely representational but instead acts as an architectural component, interacting with the physical space around it and infusing it with godlike presence. Studio Waow’s founder and graphic designer talks to us about the cross-pollination of influences in his latest series, and how he juggles a range of creative media in his personal and commercial design work.


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” I would define my work as 
 cross disciplinary contemporary Neoclassicistic Futurisme.

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Cross disciplinary because I work and think in 2and 3D. Contemporary because it’s established in the present. Neoclassicistic Futurisme because it’s a combination of elements from both art periods influenced by the Vaporwave movement.

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I don’t know if this is 100% correct
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I use a lot of elements from Neoclassicism such as Greek and Roman sculptures, sockets, architecture and ornaments and I combine these with futuristic, fast, electronic and high-tech technologies and elements.”


work of Mario Merz, Joseph Kosuth and Dan Flavin definitely influenced my use of neon in my own 2- and 3D work. Also the use of compositions is something I learned during these classes. I remember the painting “The Descent from the Cross” by Peter-Paul Rubens where he used a very clear diagonal ax that made the painting very dynamic and created the feeling of movement although it’s just a still. Maybe I just got brainwashed, but since then I can’t imagine life without creativity, art or design.

“I came in touch with art at the age of fifteen when I started studying architecture. I had a very sweet, airyfairy and a bit hazy female art history teacher who made me very passionate about art and its history. I always felt a bit numbed or paralyzed during her lessons just because there was so much interesting information. We were flooded by her waves of descriptions, stories and images. Now, almost 10 years later, I still get inspired by artists and elements I saw in those classes. For example, the neon tubes used in the

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“After secondary school, I started studying graphic design and I obtained my master degree in it. The creation of my own graphic design studio quickly followed: Studio Waow. It is where I mainly do freelance work for clients in the cultural sector. I have made logo’s, illustrations, posters and designs for fashion companies, artists and a modelling agency from city’ s around the world such as Brussels, Paris, London and New York, but also in my hometown, Hasselt. Meanwhile, I started studying ceramics at an Art college to get more skilled in the development of 3D objects and installations. It’s actually an Art education but I approach it more from a design way of thinking. The things I create are somewhere between function, design, art and sculpture. I try to combine and mix my work as a graphic designer with my current education. To give you some idea, I am currently creating 3D render images I make with 3D computer programs that I’m going to translate in real life installations or environments.”

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The idea of the 3D objects and installations I make, are derived from a last years exercise called “interactive space”. I did some research and one of the things I came up with was that a side table could function as an interactive space as well. First of all, it’s a surface where elements come together and interact: food, drinks, glasses, cigarettes, ashtrays,… Secondly, a side table is mostly a part of a living room, café, … and these are places where you can find people interacting with each other. So in my opinion the side table, as an object, could resemble the space of interaction. If it is a special kind of side table or a very beautiful and aesthetic side table, the table itself is also an element of interaction because the people surrounding it, speak about the table itself and what they like or dislike. From my perspective, beauty or aestheticism was an element that can spark interaction between people. This is the reason why I wanted to continue experimenting with it.

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I started sketching and creating environments that would be spoken about by people entering the installation. A part of the render images I make and post on social media are sketches of possible installations. By posting these on social media I can experiment which ones are most liked or find most beautiful through the activity and interaction by people on social media. Assuming these will also generate the most interactivity with people and visitors in the real life installations. I have already noticed that even the image itself becomes an element of interaction because it communicates just by being itself. It communicates my vision of beauty, perfection and fantasy and people get inspired and fascinated by them. They share them with each other and talk about them. So it has been a very interesting experiment so far!”

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www.studiowaow.com

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Adi 
 Putra ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY


Adi Putra 
 (1989, Jakarta) is a visual artist who works mainly with film / photography.

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His toys of choice are a 35mm and polaroid camera , ab old pentax spotmatic , a lomo point and shoot camera, polaroid sx70, or polaroid land cameras. By emphasizing aesthetic, his stylistic imagery is dreamy, ethereal, and nostalgic. His photographic expressions are an attempt to create a realm that exists in the imagination and reality simultaneously. Putra plays with pure sentiment derived from his own intuition and obsession in materializing what was once a fleeting vision in his mind. He lives in L.A, where he is currently working on a series of music videos and editorial shoots.

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“I’m very spontaneous in my approach, I just kinda let the situation and the moment dictate. I love to experiment, and i love to embrace what people usually label as mistakes.”

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� I don’t usually have any particular message or story in my photos. I just try to present things as they are and let the viewer make connections to their own personal experiences.�

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www.adiptr.com @healingnoise


Denisse
 Garcia DIE
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This delightful series was shot by Denisse Garcia around Berlin, and takes a humorous approach to classical street photography. The subject remains shrouded by the external environment, represented only by the hint of a limb.

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Denisse Garcia is a photographer from Havana, Cuba, now living between Barcelona and London.

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She is also the official photographer of the music festivals Xtrarradio and Artenou in Barcelona, and is a contributor to METAL Magazine, La Monda Magazine, Hop3fully and TrendsMag. She has also worked on numerous personal projects, in addition to work commissioned by agencies and global brands such as Heineken, Converse, TOUS Jewellery, Hungry Castle and Cocolia.

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Her personal projects are defined by her capacity to explain the absurd, experimenting with clichés while always enduing her images with an aseptic and personal touch. She is moved and motivated by vacuous spaces, the body and the staged.


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www.denissegarcia.com @denissegarcia


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Alexis
 Vasilikos

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Αlexis Vasilikos is a Greek artist based in Athens. His images are incidental, spontaneous, and abrupt, just as his own approach as an artist prioritizes a creative spontaneity unfettered by conceptual frameworks. Keeping that in mind, we couldn’t help but notice a recurring visual element in his photography- a compulsive fascination with those moments in which human anatomy occupies a primal form, shedding the structural complexities that the body normally inhabits.

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Through unanticipated poses, contortions, or enshrouding by everyday objects (books, clothes, beach towels), the physical body is reduced to a strange mass- a hybrid of human, ornament and physical landscape that for a quick second merges, and is captured on film by its perceiver.

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“I don't have any fixed position about (my work), it's an ever - changing process�

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www.alexisvasilikos.net twitter.com/AlexisVasilikos

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The 
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The Ordinary Young Man is an illustrated project created by Fernando Cobelo, imagined to describe the everyday feelings happening inside of regular young people.

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Dreams, thoughts, wishes, happiness, despair, love, hate, sadness and even growth are all ordinary feelings that deserve to be represented in a not-so-ordinary way. A universe full of surreal dreams and vivid nightmares that trigger our thoughts and move our feelings.

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Born in 1988, Fernando is a Venezuelan architect and designer based in Turin. Coming from an international background in South America to Europe, he graduated from Turin Polythecnic and Central University of Venezuela, and developed professional experiences at the CRD-PVS (Architecture Research Centre in Developing Contries), Aether&Hemera (design studio based in the UK), IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), among others. He’s now a young professional passionate about architecture, design, communication, research and visual arts.
 
 theordinaryyoungman.tumblr.com @fernandocobelo

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“No Title” is a 2015 re-edit of an interactive video artwork made for POST Artist Collective’s 2013 exhibition “Cascades: Past, Present and Future,” originally presented on an old 14″ TV with a DVD remote for selecting clips.

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With a very unique approach, Heather Jones and Matthew Kay use montage techniques to create a form of visual poetry, in which seemingly arbitrary words are dissected from their original context (political speeches and webcam videos found on Youtube) and recombined as parts of a new literary body. “No Title” effectively plays with idea of mashup culture; the stance that cultural artifacts are open to reappropriation, especially by way of

technology and the internet. In this process, cultural material is given new life, new meaning and a new contextual grounding. A curious byproduct in this particular case is the sense that the words, the fundamental building blocks of poetry, come accompanied with their own “bodies.” They are left attached by the umbilical cord to the politicians, mothers, teenagers and vloggers to which they belong, bringing together this haphazard group of individuals into a collective work of art. The focus thereby is shared between the literary/ emotional effect of the words themselves, and a voyeuristic observation of the faces, expressions, and physical actions of those who utter them.


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“My Teenage Years”


Still from “No Title”

“Holding Back”


“An Act of Communication”

Still from “No Title”

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Still from “No Title”

“Love, Happiness, Etc”

www.heatherjones.net | www.matthewjameskay.com


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My photography is intrinsically related to myself. !

“A window to my true nature, the constant unconscious necessity to immortalize my most deepest thoughts are expressed in my self- portraits. These are created as a way of exploring fears, anxieties, dreams or truths that linger in my subconscious . In other words, my work is based upon the construction of my own identity through different characters, different narratives that emerge from my mind, and from the culture and society I live in.

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In my images, each element; such as symbols, scenes and

signs, is conceived through a blend of research and playful experimentation, open to the challenge of spontaneous creation. The power of change that comes with “form;” the opportunity given to us by art to embody a new identity or persona whenever it is needed, is always a liberating and psychologically relieving process.

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In order to create the characters in my self portraits, I design my own costumes, accessories and props, each object holding a particular meaning to me. To my view, these smaller pieces can also be seen as individual works of arts. In general, I like exhibiting my creations within the photograph as a way of finishing or completing one concept, showcasing both forms of art and combining the pieces in an installation allowing me to perform for myself.”

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-Julian Dura, Artist


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The power of change that comes with “form;� the opportunity given to us by art to embody a new identity or persona whenever it is needed, is always a liberating and psychologically relieving process.


https://www.behance.net/juliandura

Julian Dura is an emerging artist and photographer. He was born in Uruguay in 1996 and is currently a student in his home country. Despite his young age, he possesses a combination of strong conceptual foundations and impressive technical chops which have won him several exhibitions and publications both in Uruguay and internationally.


Crystal
 Mafia MEMENTO MORI

Crystalmafia is a Berlin based creative agency which encompasses all disciplines of the arts including performance, set design, videography, installation and photography. These spellbinding analog portraits were created by Kieran Behan, Crystalmafia’s founder, photographer, and chief sorceress.

photography: Kieran Behan (Crystalmafia) muses: Helena Narra and Fa'Empel styling: Ash Esfarani assistance: Lili Lantos


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“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” ― Susan Sontag

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The images in this series were shot with

www.the-impossible-project.com

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Facebook.com/wearecrystalmafia www.crystalmafia.com @crystalmafialovesyou


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Anna
 Kliewer PAPER ON TOAST


Collage artist Anna Bu Kliewer fabricates an intriguing world in which faceless humans merge with nature, creating bizarre hybrids.


Anna Kliewer is a German/ Ukrainian collage artist, now working in London,. She is represented by Breed and has been published by ElleGirl Korea, Pulp, Spindle, and 1883 as well has having collaborated with Diesel, Bershka, Mango, and Saktory.

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paperontoast.tumblr.com


Allison
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Pretty Please

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The construction of femininity through fashion trends and beauty routines is an ongoing exploration throughout my work. This series of photographic selfportraits intends to emphasize and question the outlandish and nonsensical nature of ‘feminine’ objects and traditions – everything from hairstyles to body modification – the purpose of which is to shape and alter the authentic female form, and maintain a firm grasp on an otherwise fleeting youth. Through the ironic and overindulgent use of these oddities, I aim to draw attention to their absurdity and the barrier they create between the woman subscribing to them, and the outside world. This work intends to draw attention to these objects in a humorous and satirical way, allowing us to identify the absurd notion of the ideal female.”

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Allison Morris is a fine art photographer living and working in the Greater Toronto Area. She has exhibited in Toronto, Ontario and Florence, Italy. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and spent her third year of study abroad as part of OCADU’s Off-Campus Florence program in Italy.

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Allison’s artistic practice explores themes of female representation, the construction of femininity, beauty, youth, identity,and performance from a feminist perspective. She uses self-portraiture as a tool with which she can control her images and challenge the idea of the male gaze by consciously performing for the camera and herself.

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allisonmorris.format.com
 @allymorr


Zipeng
 Zhu HOLY BODY

Zipeng Zhu is a designer in New York City who wants to make everyday a razzle-dazzle-musical.

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Before he ate cheese and spoke English he was eating rice and speaking Mandarin in China. He currently works as the senior designer at Sagmeister & Walsch.

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Here’s a set of custom designs he made for our Physical Issue.


www.zz-is.it


@zzdesign

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