Elska Issue 42 Almaty Kazakhstan. Liam Campbell (Ed.)

Posted in magazines, photography, travel, writing on November 10th, 2023
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This issue was made in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan and a burgeoning centre of LGBTQ culture in Central Asia. This is the sort of place that we expect the bulk of our readership to know little about, and before coming here we were also rather in the dark. 

‘Elska Almaty’ features ten chapters, dedicated to the following local participants: Zhassulan S, Nicholas S, Aski K, Roman P, Nurzhan T, Denis Z, Sanzhar A, Samgat A, Edward S, and Nan N.

Ten ordinary local boys from this city’s LGBTQ community, shot both in the city streets and at home, dressed in their own style and often not dressed at all. Each also contributed a personal story, written themselves in either Kazakh or Russian (and followed by English translations) on any subject of their choosing, enabling an even closer connection. These texts touch upon a variety of topics, from stories of falling in love with a closeted celebrity, to chronicles of learning to not just live but flourish as an HIV-positive person, to tales of being a dedicated cat dad who can’t stop growing his feline family. 

Extra special thanks this issue goes to: Josiah Blackmore, Frank Dalton, Joe Pinto.

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How To: Untitled Runway Show. K8 Hardy. DoPe Press

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibitions, fashion on September 22nd, 2015
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How To: Untitled Runway Show is an artist’s book that presents K8 Hardy’s performance Untitled Runway Show, created for the 2012 Whitney Biennal. For this work, Hardy orchestrated a live fashion show performance on the fourth floor of the Breuer building that rivaled the presentations made during a Paris or New York fashion week.

How To: Untitled Runway Show follows the apparatus of professional fashion and is organized around three sections: The Show (lookbook), Backstage, and The Campaign. For each of these sections, Hardy specifically created a new series of images for the book. As well, five texts were specially written for this publication, many of whom were involved themselves in the original performance. John Kelsey contributes an important critical text that gives context to this performance in the bigger picture of Hardy’s entire practice. The variety of the writing in this book and perspectives on the piece bring a crucial understanding and richness to Hardy’s incredible performance and unconventional work in general.

K8 Hardy (USA, *1977) is a New-York-based artist, one of the founders of the queer feminist art collective LTTR and creator of the cult zine fashionfashion. In her work Hardy often uses fashion as a material to sculpt, photograph, and produce performances interchangeably and simultaneously, creating a new genderqueer vision.

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