Wonders Issue 02: Solidarity

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WONDERS AUG AUG 2020 2020

ISSUE 02

SOLIDARITY


EDITOR’S

NOTE

Nice to meet you, I’m Kat @katerxna_

In case you don’t know who I am, I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’m 23, from the UK, and adore art in all its forms. I’m a child to immigrant parents, a sucker for dumb memes, and the one-woman show behind Wonders Zine. As a recovering academic (MA in Communication and Marketing), I take great pleasure in communicating innovative and novel ideas with audiences about interesting, yet important topics. I especially relish in exploring areas regarding art and culture, and discussing the various ways they influence viewers in every day life, hence the creation of Wonders. I hope you enjoy what I have put together for you.


ISSUE 02: SOLIDARITY

SOLIDARITY noun unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group. With recent events of Covid-19 and racist acts prompting the BLM movement making us feel divided in an increasingly connected world, we called upon creators to submit their work to demonstrate how we are in fact united. We have compiled   chosen submissions into this issue to remind readers that amidst recent struggles, we do have each other support, and that we are not alone, despite how seemingly isolating recent events may make us feel. We hope this issue inspires solidarity within yourself and others around you. Enjoy.


ISSUE 02


CREDIT • ARTISTS In order of appearance: TAARENA BRECHT LANFOSSI SIERRA CUMMINGS LAURA BLANCHETTE NAUTICS SHERIN KOUL DARKRECONSTRUCTION THE TAPE RECORDERS ALEXIS ATTARD RANA RASTEGARI ARTHUR AUDRÈE NACK LUI$A CHLOE DEFRANCE GEORGIA BALMER DANIEL SLATTERY ROSIE WALLACE ELENA OVECINA KEHLI ANIKA SOOD STÉPHANE VEREECKEN ELLEN SANDFORD TYREE STOREY

Thank you for your talent; this issue would not exist without you.



Taarena @t.aarena

A Walk to Equality “This photo shows a lot of things, from the American flag, to powerful signs, and everyone walking for a cause they believe in. All these people share the same belief; that our country needs to seek change.”

Diversity is Unity “I like this photo because it shows that amidst your differences you should still fight for what you believe in. People live very different lives solely based on the color of ones skin. However if you share a common goal, you can come together, and that's what's important.”



brecht lanfossi @nozem.art

“I’m inspired by dream-like and psychotic consciousness free of reason and convention. For me, solidarity has a lot to do with spirituality and maybe even with quantum physics. Lately I’m playing with the idea that my work is some sort of solidarity towards my potential viewers because it’s giving them a chance to explore spiritual ideas and the nature of perception."





@smcvisual


while i stand under the looming mountains, feel my hair whip across my face, and watch the water crash against the stones. i think about my own smallness. even the pebbles below my feet have witnessed more life than I will ever experience. (abraham lake, AB)

Laura Blanchette @lunablch “For me, this photo and the little blurb of text is linked to solidarity because it’s a reminder of our role in the environment, and our role in standing in solidarity with land defenders everywhere. We are supposed to be the caretakers of the Earth, and we are supposed to fight for the environment, not only because we’re responsible for killing it, but because it is our own people who will be the hit when the earth fights back. Fighting for climate injustice is fighting for the farthest corners of the world and the marginalized communities who suffer the most from the damage of climate change.”


WONDERS INTERVIEW

Here at Wonders, we were lucky enough to have a chat to Nautics; an indie band from New York who formed in 2015. With all proceeds from their new release Thoughts on the Ceiling being donated to the Food Bank of New York City, we chat to the band about the importance of solidarity, along with their music and creative process.

photo credit: @o0orii

BAND MEMBERS: Levitt - Drummer Van - Bass Amir - Keys Kenzo - Guitar & Singer AGE: 20-21 LOCATION: New York @oďŹƒcial__nautics


WZ: Hi guys, what a pleasure to chat to you all! Okay, Nautics, what’s the meaning behind your band name?

WZ: I’d love to see you guys perform love some

time! Okay, next up: who are your biggest influences?

L: We came up with our band name in a group chat after going over a bunch of other names.

A: I think we all had the same foundational

influences on bands like The Strokes and the Arctic Monkeys. When the band was just getting going in like 2015, I think those bands really informed our sound. Now I think we’ve shifted to listening to

more pop music and I think that’s clear in our sound. Of course we all listen to different things though, I personally still love the Talking Heads and

David Byrne.

K: I wish there was some deeper meaning then that. I personally liked it because it didn’t sound too dated. It was sorta classic sounding. I hope. WZ: I like it - it’s original! So, how did you guys meet? When did you decide to form the band?

K: The initial spark was when I saw my friend perform at Webster Hall. I was blown away by the atmosphere and the next day I insisted that Van and I make music together. The band formed soon after.

L: It's a long story, but the short version is that Van linked all of us together from knowing us at different points in his life. A: One fateful night Kenzo and I crossed paths at a chipotle, the rest is history. WZ: You guys make incredible music together describe your music in three words? L: Dancy, Pop, Wavy. A: Space, Indie, Pop. V: Music, Good, Maybe? WZ: My favourite song of yours is post madonna but what’s your favourite song? Which is the V: Post Madonna is a cool song. I think it opened a lot of doors for us songwriting-wise. It sits in a key like our previous songs, but the progressions are varied, and I feel as if the song is evolving despite being very tonal. I think we’d struggled making a song feel as if it was progressing before that. L: My favorite song to play live is Cosmonaut, but my fave Nautics song is Southebys. K: I really love I’ll Be Waiting, but mostly because that was the first song I wrote and it meant a lot to me to see it flourish. My favorite song to perform is Makeup. It just gives off good energy.

WZ: Those bands are incredible, aren’t they? Who would you absolutely love to collaborate with?

K: Dua Lipa. She is amazing.

WZ: Good choice, she is indeed! Okay, let’s dig a

little deeper into your music - what does your creative process look like in creating music?

L: Whether we are together or apart the process changes, but typically we send each other song

ideas in our group chat.

A: Often one of us will come up with a demo, these demos can be chord progressions or bass lines or

sometimes nearly complete songs. We then work on

the demo as a group and mold it into a song that we

want to release. WZ: - If it works, it works! What would your

advice be to aspiring music artists? Did you face any struggles you wish you knew about

beforehand? A: We have, and continue, to face many obstacles in

our musical journey. I think it’s important to think about why you’re making music. As a band we make music because we enjoy it; ultimately we’re four friends who hang out by creating. For us the art is

primary and getting to do this professionally would be great, but it’s not the principal focus.

WZ: - Solid words of wisdom! Our theme for this issue is solidarity - how would you say you

promote solidarity?

K: For one, I would say that our band is first and foremost a family. While we may fight, our bond is incredibly strong and important to us. As for our audience and the people we encounter along the way, we consider them part of the family as well. Community has constantly been important to us.


We always try our best to remain in touch with the people who listen to our music and the bands we’ve worked with.

WZ: We agree - community is really important, especially for emerging artists. How do you think zines have impacted on your music? Or the music industry in general? V: I think Zines have always been integral to counter culture and the music industry in general. I was initially inspired by the Zine fair at my college which was such a creative atmosphere that I wanted to be a part of. We’ve been fortunate to be featured in a few Zines, and I think every time it’s a pleasure to collaborate and work with them. I think the tangibility of music is difficult to obtain in the new millennia, and Zines are an excellent way for underground bands to collaborate for something real.

WZ: Well, it’s been a pleasure collaborating with you guys as well! Okay, we’re nearing the end of our interview now - what’s next for you guys? Anything exciting coming up? L: We are working on more songs, so hopefully it will bless your ears soon.

WZ: How exciting - we can’t wait to hear it! Anything else you want to let people know? K: Be safe and be kind. WZ: I couldn’t have picked better parting words myself ! Nautics, it’s been an absolute please bestow luck on your future songs and we can’t wait to hear from you again soon!

photo credit: @evaristegindrey


Stream Thoughts on the Ceiling now to help donate to the Food Bank of New York City




photo credit: @o0orii





Sherin Koul @sherinspictures


darkreconstruction art @darkreconstruction Goldfish (acrylic on canvas, 16x20in) “It is an abstract expressionist piece, with bold orange strokes reminiscent of a school of goldfish. I've always found it really beautiful how fish will swim together in large groups, perfectly synchronized nearly to the point where they breathe at the same time. We humans are not quite as in sync as fish but when people come together and stand together, work to help protect each other and take care of each other, on a large scale, it's also quite mesmerizing. I've been seeing a lot of that over the past few months, first with the COVID-19 here in NYC, and then with the [BLM] protests. When needed, we have an instinct to come together and take care of each other. There are always helpers in the community who guide and pull together - and it feels perfectly synchronized. And that, to me, is solidarity.”


the tape recorders

NAME: Gabriel Rojo

@thetaperecorders AGE: 35

LOCATION: Buenos Aires, Argentina

FAVOURITE SONG(S): The Howl In Lleyn and I’m not Opposed to the

Meaning of Life

“In 2018 I started reading poetry compulsively, and kept finding striking coincidences between lines that, say, 19th century poets had written and lines I had written in my

own songs. The lines by the poets were better than mine, but that's not the point - one way or another, I had been plagiarising poems I had never read before. I came across a possible explanation for this "by chance": the poet W.B. Yeats speaks about a repertoire of images common to all mankind, which he calls the "Anima Mundi". Carl Jung speaks of something similar by the name of "archetypes." Maybe I had been tapping into this?”


 

“My music became an exploration of this concept, by having the voices of dead poets interacting among themselves, with living collaborators, with field recordings from all over the world, and with musical and non-musical sounds. I would say my work inspires solidarity in the sense that it views every individual human life as more than mere statistics - as something unique, meaningful and capable of joining this "ongoing cultural conversation." It speaks about a common thread that binds us all and which transcends the limitations of our times and circumstances.�


Alexis Attard

@aattard12 “These photos I took from a Black Lives Matter protest I went to a few weeks ago for Issue 2: solidarity. I think the thing that struck me the most was that there were so many young children at the protests standing with their parents. It speaks to the fact that we are truest all united, regardless of race, age, etc.�



in solidarity with sustainability an introduction into ethical fashion and a guide to the best sustainable brands Rana Rastegari @rana.rastegari @rosevesture

What is Ethical Fashion? We’ve all heard the words ethical and sustainable fashion, but if we were asked to explain exactly what they entail, most of us wouldn’t know. What is all this buzz about ethicality and sustainability? Sustainable fashion can be broken down into three core ideals: - Socially ethical - Animal cruelty free - Environmentally friendly The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to pollution. In total, up to 85% of textiles go into landfills each year, and the industry is responsible for 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions. That all sounds awfully scary, doesn’t it? In order to reverse and prevent these effects, a new wave of fashion has emerged. Many brands like the ones listed in this presentation work to create beautiful garments in a way that doesn’t harm their surroundings. These brands ensure that their materials are traceable and not put to waste, use organic materials as often as possible, don’t test on animals, and don’t use manual labour. Impressed yet? Alongside the emergence of new sustainable brands, due to overwhelming complaints, many high fashion houses have begun to incorporate sustainability into their designs and stopped testing on animals. We hope to be able to make the fashion industry a much better community in terms of energy efficiency, pollution reduction and animal friendly attire. You can play your part by buying from second hand, vintage stores, thrifting or buying from ethical brands like the ones seen on the next couple of pages.





 

Arthur @koole.fm “Being mixed race (Rwandan and French) has always been a challenge as to finding who you are, you constantly oscillate between two sets of representation that can very well complements each other or totally clash. At the same time, the whole process of finding yourself feels sometimes so absurd to me because of all the drama it provokes. By showing this collage, I’m empathising with other mixed race kids out there, therefore showing solidarity."


ERASED I lost myself Pressed between pillows and puppets A dark blurred memory, Scented of male’s swear and fresh lavender’s bedding Biting my lips, not to scream, as you told me. Erasing my face with the sheets Wishing I wasn’t there. Keeping my stained soul and bloody underwear Hidden, as you told me. There’s no place in my heart, for milk and marmalades, anymore. Blood and tears are the Infernal rivers dividing The land of innocence and the land of the sin. I am not guilty of any perverted viciousness, I simply want to die.

Audrée Nack @missnackk

“I like to spread awareness without sugar coating the daily battles faced on the daily by my people, the black community, by LGBTQ+, survivors and people struggling with ED. I wrote [this poem] thinking about the daily struggle lived by survivors, specifically those who were abused when they were kids.”


LUI$A wonders interview


Wonders Zine had the incredible delight of chatting with LUI$A - a developing singer/songwriter currently living in Prishtina, Kosovo. With her new single Gemstones out now, we talk to LUI$A about her musicfilled childhood, her inspirations, and how she inspires solidarity.

NAME:

Luisa Boshnjaku AGE: 16 LOCATION: Prishtina, Kosovo @luisawithadollarsign

WZ: Hi LUI$A - what a delight to finally meet you and chat to you about your music! So, let’s kick things off: what inspired you to start and build a career in the music and entertainment industry? L: Both of my parents are musicians and music was played all the time around the house. I’ve been singing and dancing since I was little, the first time I got up to write an original song was in 4th grade I think when I watched School of Rock with Jack Black. WZ: School of Rock is an amazing film, isn’t it? So you have a lot of experience - did you have any struggles breaking into the music industry? L: No, I didn’t have any struggles, I think it is pretty convenient for me to have a

studio at home and record songs. I would probably say to my younger self to accept myself first and foremost, because originality is what makes you different and stand out, be more confident, and pay attention more to the piano lessons. WZ: Great words of wisdom! How would you describe your music in 3 words? L: Vibrant, Vivid, and Smooth. WZ: Our theme for this issue is solidarity d o yo u t h i n k yo u r m u s i c e v o ke s solidarity amongst your listeners? L: Yes, of course! As some people have said to me; “Your music is an escape from reality, makes you feel more confident and helps you accept yourself for who you are”. It


L: connects people emotionally. I like to be and universal and make people unite through my music.

L: I would love to work with artists like; Steve Lacy, Rina Sawayama, Kim Petras, and Brockhampton.

WZ: We agree - music can make people so much more confident! We’ve also noticed your fashion seems to make you confident does fashion impact your music too?

WZ: I bet you’d make some fantastic music with them! Okay, next up: what does your creative process look like when making music?

L: Yes, indeed! My fashion is something that makes me LUI$A and that makes me

L: I have a studio at home, so it is pretty convenient for me to work and be focused on my music. I work pretty much every day, produce and write as much as I can! My dad helps me with the mixing and mastering side of production.

WZ: You are a very unique individual, and it’s true that it makes singers stand out so much more! Speaking of singers: who are your biggest influences? L: My music is inspired by Jun Fukamachi, Rina Sawayama, Sade, A tribe called quest, Jimi Hendrix and Asap Rocky, each of them displaying a different and unique type of style, all of which can be recognized on my tracks, thus presenting a contemporary yet ageless sound to the mainstream scene. WZ: They’re all great musicians! Who would you love to collaborate with?

WZ: Okay, last question: what’s next? Any big projects that are coming up? L: I am currently working on my EP, it has Pop and Funk vibes, it is a bit experimental but of course, it has the R&B Lui$a, flair in it. It is very diverse and vibrant. The EP will be released this year, expect a lot of powerful and bright vibes from it. WZ: Awesome - thanks for chatting with us, LUI$A! Best of luck for the future EP!



Chloe Defrance @elvctric “the solidarity between two friends taking photos alone together.�


Stranded on an emerald hill

On an emerald hunched back, I stand Amongst a sea of green mounds crowned with a single jewel. Glistening in the light we stand on hills weighted by hopes and Dreams and fears. The wind carries our words across great gulfs of time and space, half whispers of truth lost in meaning. Curves of smiles morph into worried lips, eyes bright with life Burn to tears and faces bathed in lines are pulled taut by the distance. We are strangers on our hills, our faces faint blurs wavering in the wind as if the signal is not quite strong enough to beam our essence. Yet I feel the faint hum of my neighbour’s warmth hug me on my plinth. We watch transfixed as powder blue cracks, fluffy lines littering the sky White and vacant but holding a promise of a new. A new place. A new time. A new me. The lines traverse the sky in a crochet of possibility we watch, Breaths baited, as planes fit for ants float past as if ballerinas in a ballet. Silent but for a light bee’s buzz that flits down to mark their passing. I have been alone in a world not quite meant for my haggard brain and bruised body. I do not understand it’s language, it’s touch too rugged and cruel for my soft skin As it rakes me through a life that no longer fits the flashing images in my mind. Yet as I look around at the jewels that surround me, I do not feel the ache of Distance that has stalked me through life. I am stranded in a sea of emerald hunched backs, floating in solidarity.

Georgia Balmer @missgeorgia_b “For me, solidarity is about unity in the face of hardships, whether personal, political or physical. There is a strength in the solidarity that we can find, sometimes in the most unusual places. My poem focuses on the personal, the solidarity that can be found even in the loneliness of times, and the life line that unity can be.”


“My fashion helps me express myself and my interests to others. I feel my style helps me attract like-minded people who value clothes as art. I always feel great hanging out with friends or a group of people who dress like me.”

“Fashion can make you fit in or stand out, both of which I love. I’m a very quiet person, I don’t talk about myself much, so my style talks for me and makes me feel connected.”

Daniel Slattery @daniel_art345

“I grew up not sure about who I was; fashion helped me express myself and find people with common interests.”

“I adore the feeling of letting go and not caring what others think - just dressing how I want and having fun with it.”

“Fashion can be like a uniform; helping you fit in and belong with your group.”






 

Rosie Wallace @overtherosewall

“I wanted to echo a lot of the words from protest signs involved with the Black Lives Matter movement, a sea of voices collectively together all fighting for the same cause.�


 

Elena Ovecina @elenaovecina


WONDERS WONDERS INTERVIEW INTERVIEW

Wonders Zine had the absolute pleasure of chatting to Kehli; an emerging music artist from Dublin, Ireland. With her single Hypnotized recently released, it was a delight to chat to KEHLI about her music, her inspirations, and the journey she's been through.

NAME: Kelly Irwin AGE: 19 LOCATION: Dublin, Ireland @kehlimusic


WZ: Welcome KEHLI! What a delight to have you here! So, let's start - what inspired you to start a career in the music industry?

K: Bazzi for sure. I’m so obsessed with him and his vibe.

WZ: Good choice! Right, let’s dig a little deeper what does your creative process look like when creating music?

K: I’ve always been involved in music since a young age and throughout the years it just progressed from a hobby to wanting it to be a career. WZ: Wow, so you have a lot of experience in music! What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt during your music journey? K: To stay true to yourself and speak up for what you want. WZ: Good words of wisdom! Okay, let’s talk about your music - describe your music style in three words? K: Pop, soulful, electro. WZ: What’s your favourite song that you've made? And what song do you like to perform the most? K: Close to You would be both at the moment - I love performing it as it’s very different to my songs that are out at the moment. WZ: What’s We love that song - along with your new single Hypnotized! Okay, next question: who are your biggest influences? K: I find inspiration in a lot of different artists, so I find this question very hard lol but Beyonce has always been a huge influence in going forward with music as a career, as I’ve watched her since I was a kid. Seeing her where she is now gives me drive.

WZ: Queen B is amazing! Speaking of other artists, who would you love to collaborate with?

K: I always go to London, which I’m so grateful for as the music scene over there is amazing and the people I’ve worked with over there are incredible. Long studio days which are my favourite - I love being in that environment and creating with such talented people. WZ: Zines are also an incredibl y creative environment and community! How do you think zines have impacted the music industry? K: I think zines have a great sense of expression and are a very creative form of magazine. They give lots of great artists opportunities for exposure especially new and upcoming artists like me who may find it hard to get the attention of more mainstream magazines. It’s also a cool way to stay up to date with local culture and the chance to discover new music. WZ: Very well said! And lastly, what's next for you? Any big projects that are coming up? K: I have a collaboration coming out which I’m so excited about. Definitely an EP/album and back to studio soon so more music. WZ: Awesome - best of luck for the future, KEHL! It’s been great chatting with you!

Make sure to stream KEHLI’s new single Hypnotized - out now!


Anika Sood @anikasoodphoto 



Paradis Perdu series “Paradis Perdu is a project directly inspired by the pandemic and the medical world. The circle of the characters is the fictitious representation of the virus which turns around the bodies, in a surreal and original environment. A universe of reality and also of surrealism. The drawings on bodies and walls show us a future project of a sublimated and possible life. The body of the model is a structure formal. Through my works in the series "Paradis Perdu" I explore the relationship between the human being and the confinement next to the virus which enters the minds and bodies.” “Every human group takes its wealth in communication, mutual aid and solidarity aimed at a common goal: the development of each one while respecting differences. There is no other way to human solidarity than research and respect for individual dignity. The artist in his work expresses a global idea of life. Everyone sees through the pictures and take his personal feeling of cohesion.”

Stéphane Vereecken @stephanevereecken


“Solidarity to me is seeing someone’s needs just as you see your own. Seeing someone’s dreams and ambitions just as well as you see yours. Especially in this day and age fight together. Fight against racism, sexism, sexual harassment and abuse. Fight with passion and kindness for what you believe in. HUMAN RIGHTS. We’re all human, we are all on this planet together, we should not make judgements or segregation based on skin colour, sexuality, ethnicity, you are who you are for a reason, stick to that. Love who YOU want to love, be who YOU want to be.”

Ellen Sandford @ellenssphotography


Lemons This is what it means to loveTo feel a rhythm in cotton shorts and just move. Pack your bags I’ve got a fresh start for the morning. In a topped out Aygo - straight up the tarmac heart of this country. You’ll follow me back to the salt spray you knew long ago, and see the Moon like an old friendpainting stories on our sky. We are learning to sway in damp flats and lowlight walks. But, God, we are something. I bite into lemons and taste sweet. And something like us must live on beyond this.

Tyree Storey @atari_poetry “Solidarity isn't so much a feeling but a war cry these days. It feels like everything we thought we needed has been refocused. It feels like those around us have been centred as the spine of our existence. And so, with this piece I tried to convey the visceral solidarity I feel with my partner. It’s reminiscent of simpler times while also acknowledging gritty reality of life and real love. Biting into lemons and tasting sweet is a metaphorical testament to this partnership, that hopefully transcends something.”


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