DCO X SPFDJ: ON HER HARDCORE TECHNO LIFESTYLE & CLUBCULTURE

Photography: Agustín Farias

DCO X SPFDJ: ON HER HARDCORE TECHNO LIFESTYLE & CLUBCULTURE

Interview: Deniz Akkaya

After rising to fame in 2018, a lot changed in Lina’s life. Then with the pandemic, like the rest of the world, she took a much needed break which turned into a journey of self-care. We’ve had a special conversation with SPFDJ on her hardcore techno lifestyle, clubculture and how her journey to self-care led us to Lina 2.0…

Photography: Agustín Farias
Why SPFDJ? What does it mean?

It’s basically a joke stemming from my pale complexion and bringing sunscreen back to clubs when I myself was a raver, when the parties entered into the following day and moved out into the club gardens, typical of the Berlin scene. I was known amongst my friends for always wearing SPF 50 and it was something they endearingly laughed about, so one day I changed my Twitter handle to DJ SPF50 and it then got shortened to SPFDJ which I liked because it was one step removed from the obvious reference, a bit more obscure. I’ve later played on this a bit, spinning it into “SpeeDy Fucking DJ” which seemed to stick, or making up new acronyms in tongue-in-cheek ways whenever I’m posting content and the idea strikes.

There’s been a trend in techno to create your alias from taking some random dark word and just deleting all the vowels and I’ve seen my name mentioned in relation to this trend of using consonants only, but yeah it’s got nothing to do with that really. Just my northern Swedish genes.

When and where was the first rave you went to, and what do you remember about it?

I went with some university friends in Leeds to see Joy Orbison for someone’s birthday and I guess that was the first time I was at an event that could plausibly be called a rave. I’d been to clubs before, but I think most of them were more commercial places where the main focus of the crowd was to pick up people and take them home. The thing that stuck with me from that experience was the difference in how people moved. Most of that crowd just had one hand in the air, or a fist or even gun fingers, punching the air to the beat. Quite different from the flirty, attention-seeking, even grinding-on-each-other vibe I had learnt to expect from clubbing. The focus was the music and if you went home with someone that was just a lucky bonus.

You had your breakthrough in 2018 and became famous quite suddenly. But with 2020, partying came to a halt. All our lives changed, and, in your case, you went from travelling the world to being on lockdown. How was that transition for you?

Initially I have to admit it was quite helpful. I needed a break but wasn’t going to take one willingly, I was absorbed in keeping busy at the time – the usual ‘running from your problems’. I then spent a lot of time working on myself during the pandemic. Living alone and with no work or rave scene to distract myself with, I was forced to confront my demons so to speak. I went through some really dark periods where I was working through past traumas in therapy while having little to no income and not being able to pay my rent. I spent a lot of days painting to process emotions, grieving things from my past and then halfway through the pandemic I lost my brother to suicide. My life couldn’t have been turned any more upside down, going from touring around the world and connecting with so many people both IRL at my gigs and through my social media channels, to isolated grieving and depression alone in my flat with no money to pay my bills and no motivation for the music that had engulfed my whole life previously.

A year on from this I’m now a much healthier, functioning version. Lina 2.0 as I’ve been saying to friends. It has taken me a lot of therapy, reading, painting, processing but now that touring is back, I go into it with a better foundation. I cringe at the cliché but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Photography: Agustín Farias
Photography: Agustín Farias
Now that clubs are finally reopened and we are going back to “normal”, what are you most excited about this summer? What your schedule look like?

I’m really excited to finally get to play at some of the festivals I was supposed to play at two years ago! The anticipation is killing me for Dekmantel this year where I’m returning from my 2019 solo gig now with my Herrensauna family. We are doing a b2b with 4 of us residents (Héctor Oaks, CEM & MCMLXXXV) for an extended closing on the last day, something I’ve been waiting for since it first got confirmed 2.5 years ago already. That will be special.

I’m also looking forward to Flesh Festival, the UK’s first LGBTQ+ Camping and Electronic Music Festival which I think will be cute, plus Primavera Sound, Monegros Desert Festival, Sziget Festival, Aquasella, Pukkelpop, Draaimolen Festival, Waterworks Festival and many more. Playing two weekends in a row at a small hidden away stage of Tomorrowland will also be jokes, as well as a return to a very special club that I can’t mention yet.

My schedule is busy for sure and I’m trying to be mindful and limiting some weekends to one gig only to make sure my mind and health is on board, but it’s hard to curb my excitement after such a long period of deprivation.

The pandemic shut down the club scene almost overnight and underground clubculture, where people found their safe place, had to take a long pause. But finally it is coming back! What can each individual who cares about club culture do?

I think the important thing to remember is that everyone was hit hard by this, not just artists and clubs but everyone working in the wardrobes, on the doors, in the bars, sound & light technicians. Many people have been forced to find new work and clubs have shut down over financial problems so the obvious and easy answer is to support clubs financially by paying for a ticket and going out, buying drinks.

Pay artists for their music instead of streaming it or downloading illegally, especially for smaller artists who don’t earn good fees playing big shows. If money is tight people can support by sharing music or events online or engaging with announcements on social media which will help the reach so that more people see it. Saving posts on instagram or forwarding them to friends’ accounts is a good way to feed the algorithm, I think it counts heavier than likes but I could be mistaken.

In 2018 you launched your label Intrepid Skin, what inspired this decision and what is your aim with the label? 

Before 2018 I had been involved in collectives or group projects while putting on raves or doing radio and I was craving some more autonomy, something where I called the shots and that was my own. I had already had the pleasure of mutual inspiration from others in those groups and wanted to test out my own two legs. There is always some tension and compromise when you work with others, and I had ideas I didn’t want to compromise on. I was also cocky and wanted to be able to put music out there without relying on someone else’s opinion on whether the music was good enough.

Most labels look for artists with a similar style to create an identity in sound that is consistent over all the releases but I’m instead trying to find artists with a strong identity of their own. I find that many producers end up conforming to the sound of whatever label they want to release on, making them mould to an existing style rather than forging their own path. I’m hoping to continue finding artists that make banging club music but that isn’t necessarily tied to a specific formula, fostering creativity in a different way. I want to hear new things rather than new variations of the same thing.

What are your thoughts about techno’s evolution?

This feels like a difficult one to answer. There is so much music out there now that is being labelled as techno when in fact it is far from it. I myself play a lot of stuff that is not techno, but I think the younger generations see me and other similar DJ’s as ‘techno DJ’s’, so anything we play will get that categorization. I’ve been having fun whipping out some hard house recently, and from time to time I play hard trance or hardstyle tracks, even some hardcore, electro or EBM, I never played strictly techno even if most of what I play is. A quick YouTube or Spotify search for “techno” will show you how widely this nomenclature is used for music that sounds nothing like what me and my peers call techno, and probably fans of <130BPM techno thinks the techno that I call techno should not be called techno. It’s complicated.

It is interesting to see how things have now developed, how crowds in many places these days get bored with anything under 150BPM or without reverse bass. I think a lot of EDM fans are finding their way into techno at the moment and the kinds of hardstyle tracks with big drops is a bridge for them, and the more friendly track structures and accessible, catchy leads of these techno-adjacent genres appeals to a larger audience.

Photography: Agustín Farias

At some point I imagine there will be somewhat of a split, where we will again see events with DJ’s playing only techno and then events with DJ’s who play the stuff that has been mislabeled, rather than the current mixture that we see today. This is nothing new, history is repeating itself in cycles of exploding genre-blending sounds resulting in a split and revert back to basics. I’m also seeing tremendous growth in popularity of the style of techno that is being played by the biggest names in the scene today, with fans presumably moving over from tech house or house. With fashion brands increasingly using techno in fashion shows & the new Matrix movie making references to Berghain, I think we’re only going to see techno move more into the mainstream. Hopefully new underground scenes with fresh sounds rise underneath it all once again.

Photography: Agustín Farias
What kind of emotions and experiences influence your work?

I’m not sure if I am fully conscious of the things that influence me. When I am working, I need to tap into my intuition for anything good to come out. I have always been a chronic overthinker, an adaptation from childhood coping mechanisms. When I found club culture it was the one place where I stopped thinking and started using my senses, being fully present in the moment, getting lost on the dancefloor for hours and not repeating the same excessive cycling of thoughts of my daily life. DJing was an extension of this, where I had to focus on feeling the music uninterrupted for 3-4 hours. There was no option to dwell on thoughts about ‘what that friend meant with that thing they said’ or I would run out of the track I was playing, and things would get awkward. This intuition is something I have somewhat contradictory thought a lot about recently, as I tend to play bad sets when I fall back into my old patterns of overthinking which is something I saw happening more often again after the pandemic started. Now I need to ground myself in the present moment with meditation techniques before I play. My inspiration seems to come from someplace intuitive rather than anything I could put into words.

That being said, I am a very emotional person, and this intuition possibly comes from my rich inner life (as my therapist puts it). I do have some damaging traumas in my baggage that no doubt play a part here.

The time when I feel the most inspired is on my way home after a gig weekend, or after a night of clubbing myself, which unfortunately with my busy schedule is extremely rare these days. I suppose this feeling of being present in the moment in a club influences me the most.

If you had to recommend one album for someone getting into dance music, what would you give them?

Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers. This was my way in, maybe it won’t work on people today and parts of it isn’t necessarily dance music but it’s still one of my favorite albums. Failing that I’d go with Dave Clarke – Devil’s Advocate, a bit more dancy and with some truly inspiring bits but not too intense so something easier to start with than a lot of the hard stuff I play.

Do you think clubbing or nightlife can contain a spiritual dimension?

I used to think spirituality was religion or esotericism but spirituality to me now is more about connecting with one’s own inner world. In this sense clubbing can most definitely contain a spiritual element, I am myself but one example of people who have found this connection to themselves through nightlife, by disconnecting from distractions of everyday life or old coping mechanisms and using my senses to feel and ‘just be’. There is something truly special about experiencing this state of mind surrounded by people also consumed by their physical senses, like some form of togetherness in spirituality similar to how I imagine people sitting quietly next to each other in a church would feel.

What can artists do to help save the world?

Saving the world, how ambitious! I doubt that most people who become artists do so in an attempt to save the world but rather as a surrender to the fact that they can’t.

I am becoming increasingly convinced that to save the world we need to address the problems at the root of people themselves – their psychological health. Save every child from neglect or abuse to prevent psychological damage that later turns into psychopathy, anti-social personality disorder or narcissism. If we have no people of power in this world willing to take advantage of others or ruin the environment for their own personal gain, maybe we could see change in our socio-economic issues or halt global warming.

The most important thing artists can do is use their platforms sensibly. With big influence comes big responsibility. I doubt taking more trains rather than flights is going to save the world, but it also won’t hurt it.

Photo Credits:

Creative / Fashion director: Karl Yazigi @karl_gdf
Photography: Agustín Farias @agustinfar
Hair / Make up: Anastasiia Tymoti @tymoti_beauty

PRIDE 2022: WHICH BRANDS ARE CELEBRATING

PRIDE 2022: WHICH BRANDS ARE CELEBRATING

Warning: This article does not contain any queerbating!

Today (1 June) officially marks the start of Pride Month, and many big brands have released Pride clothing collections. Over the past couple of years, big name brands have started to release clothing collections, often covered in rainbow colours.

To become better allies, a number of brands have collaborated with LGBTQ+ artists for their collections and campaigns while others highlighted exactly how much they’ll be donating to LGBTQ+ charities or how much of the proceeds will go to charity.

For Pride 2022 Dr. Martens, Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Converse and Adidas have released collections for Pride Month and they’ve teamed up with organisations including InterPride, GLSEN and LGBT Foundation, as well as queer stars, Gus Kenwrothy and Ms. Kylie Sonique Love for the campaigns.

Below we’ve compiled a list of big name brands that are celebrating Pride 2022, and most importantly where they’re donating to.

Adidas

Adidas has teamed up with Australian, queer artist Kris Andrew Small, who has created designs for the sport brand’s Pride collection. The Love Unites range includes Pride versions of classic Adidas shoes as well as a full apparel range, with overalls, t-shirts, hoodies, slides and more.

The brand has also confirmed continued partnerships with Athlete Ally, which is focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sport and Stonewall UK.

Dr Martens

Dr. Martens has reimagined one of its classic silhouettes for its 2022 Pride collection. As part of their Pride campaign, Dr. Martens has confirmed it is pledging to donate €200,000 to charities around the world.

Converse

The popular Converse Pride collection doesn’t disappoint for 2022, with Chuck Taylor All Star, Chuck 70 and One Star sneakers alongside apparel and headwear. To mark Pride all-year round, Converse confirms its support of the transformative work of community partners through annual grants to develop safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth.

These partners include It Gets Better Project, The Ali Forney Center, Skate Like A Girl, Theater Offensive, Out Metrowest, BAGLY (the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth), and Las Fotas Project.

Levi’s

Levi’s Pride collection is designed to be both genderless and size inclusive, with the collection ranging from XXS to XXXL. It includes two firsts – the Denim Corset, made from Levi’s denim alongside a lace-up back, and the Pride Skirt, which fits like a kilt. Other highlights include jeans, a denim jacket, t-shirts, tanktop and accessories such as a head scarf, crossbody bag and charm bracelets. In support of the collection, Levi’s is making an annual $100,000 donation to OutRightAction International.

Diesel

Diesel has released a Pride collection celebrating Tom of Finland’s iconic homoerotic artwork. The capsule collection features artwork selected from the Tom of Finland Foundation’s catalogue on gender neutral pieces. This includes his recognisable designs of leather daddies with bulges printed on t-shirts, tote bags, shorts and shirts, as well as a jockstrap.

Ugg

The popular footwear brand is releasing a line of colorful items including sandals, slippers, shorts, shirts, and jackets adorned with various pride flags. Ugg will also donate $125,000 to The Trevor Project in honor of Pride month and the new collection.

RAINBOW CINEMA: 10 LGBTI+ THEMED FILMS!

RAINBOW CINEMA: 10 LGBTI+ THEMED FILMS!

AHMET YILMAZ

Our list of LGBTI + themed movies consists of 10 films that are not recent and share common features such as staying out of mainstream cinema.

Some of the films we selected also claim to be cults for the time they were shown.

MADAME SATA

Karim Aon sits in the director’s chair of Madame Sata, which focuses on the life of a Brazilian black queer, who spent nearly 30 years of his life in prison. The script is inspired by the real life of Joao Francisco dos Santos, known as Madame Sata in Rio De Janeiro in the mid-1900s, prominent with his criminal identity. The film tells how Madame Sata survives in a hostile environment, aided by his passion, sense of humor, and determination. “Madame Sata “ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

CHUN GWONG CHA SIT

Happy Together, directed and written by Wong Kar-wai, is regarded as one of the taboo-breaking examples of Far Eastern cinema during its period. The lives of Lai Yiu-Fai and Ho Po-Wing, woven with love and anger, changed when their relationship came to a deadlock in Argentina, where they came for adventure, is highlighted with a poetic narrative. One of the main venues of the 1997 movie, a tango bar is accompanied by Astor Piazzola songs.

STRELLA

The 2009 Greek production “Strella” tackles a rather gritty story. The main character of the movie directed by Panos H. Koutras is a trans woman named Strella. The name of Strella, who lives in Athens, comes from the combination of the words Stella, a female name, and Trella, which means crazy in Greek. The story begins with a coincidence at a cheap hotel in Athens. Strella meets Yorgos, who is staying in the next room in the hotel where she works as a sex worker and just got out of prison, and a relationship begins between them. The events that unfold with this relationship lead to an extraordinary point about Strella’s life and past. The film, which viewers sometimes liken it to a modern Greek tragedy, has a unique theme.

BENT

Adapted from Martin Shaw’s famous theater play, the 1997 movie features surprise cast members such as Clive Owen, Jude Law and Mick Jagger. “Bent” is about the platonic love affair of two homosexuals who were sent to a concentration camp in Nazi Germany during the years of World War II. The Film poignantly conveys to the viewer the experiences of the characters on the axis of pride, helplessness and resistance. Bent‘s first screening was at the Cannes Film Festival and won awards from many festivals.

DİE BİTTEREN TRANEN DER PETRA VON KANT

A shining star in the Fassbinder filmography, ” Die Bitteren Tranen Der Petra Von Kant ” consists of 5 scenes in total and long, powerful dialogues. Focusing on Petra’s obsessive desire for young model Karin, the film’s art direction, costume and space designs, which shake the power relations between people, also stand out with striking beauty.

PRIDE

The 2014 UK production Pride is inspired by real events. The film is about the struggle of homosexuals in Britain in 1984, who were the target of the conservative policies of the Thatcher government. The miners, another community that shook Britain with major strikes in the same period, are again targeted by the Thatcher government. Organized in a London bookstore, a group of gays and lesbians set up the LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners) and set out to a mining town for support. The example of solidarity between these two social groups that are thought to never come together finds an almost magical expression in the film. Pride, one of the most striking productions among the post-2010 European-based LGBTI + films, is also a historical record.

CONTRACORRIENTE

2009’s Contracorriente is Peruvian director Javier Fuentes-Leon’s first feature film. The film, which won an award from the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, is about forbidden love between two men in a coastal town in Peru. The secret relationship of the fisherman Miguel, who lives with his pregnant wife, and Santiago, who lives a mysterious life alone in the same town, draws the audience into a realistic love story with an extraordinary fiction. Set in a charming fishing town in Latin America, the script is quite striking.

A ROSA AZUL DE NOVALIS

A Rosa Azul De Novalis, a 2018 Brazilian documentary, features a 40-year-old character named Marcelo. Marcelo, who lives alone in his apartment in Sao Paulo, does not hesitate to tell shocking stories about his life and childhood in a humorous language. He manages to focus the audience on the screen with eye-opening monologues on many topics such as conservative family structure, HIV experience, and social morality. A Rosa Azul De Novalis allows us to watch an extraordinary and daring film about a gay man’s grasp of life and art while witnessing Marcelo’s everyday practices.

THE BLONDE ONE

Marco Berger is the director of the 2019 Argentina-made The Blonde One. The film tells the story of two young men who share the same house and work in the same workplace in one of the slums of Buenos Aires. Although it has a very static atmosphere, the traffic of emotions in the film is moving in a quite opposite direction to this stagnation. The tension created by camera angles and dialogues manages to intertwine with the romantic flow of the film. Although The Blonde One may seem like a cliché at first, it offers a detailed analysis of hidden homosexuality.

PARADE

Parade is a LGBTI + themed film from Serbia, which has been a trending topic with the attacks on honor marches in the past. It’s exactly what brings this story into focus. A group of LGBTI+ activists in Belgrade is under constant pressure. As the date of the pride march they are about to organize approaches, they are attacked by homophobes and neo-Nazis. Some coincidences in which a Fag Hag woman plays a key role leading the activist group to cross paths with a team of war veterans, heterosexual, macho bodyguards, and events unfold. The 2011 film Pride, is a powerful movie with a humorous side, despite the many dramatic elements in its story. Although the film sometimes uses a stereotype of stereotyping LGBTI +, it has a fun aspect in its background that also ridicules the Balkan culture.

TOGETHERNESS BY MATTHEW BROOKES

TOGETHERNESS BY MATTHEW BROOKES

DENIZ AKKAYA

Matthew Brookes is pleased to announce his latest exhibition titled Togetherness. With the world thrown into disarray in the wee stages of 2020, human connection has never been more valued than it is today. 

Togetherness is a celebration of life and love in its many forms. Between mothers, brothers, sisters and lovers, this exhibition covers the wide spectrum of relationships in which humanity is ultimately borne. Having moved to Los Angeles by way of Paris in early 2021, Matthew Brookes was struck by the innate beauty and interconnection of the residents of Venice Beach. A spirit long adored by people far and wide, this exhibition brings to light the importance of not only relationship, but environment, and how integrating oneself into a community can lead to the creation of art, friendship, and ultimately: love.

“I really wanted to show love in its many shapes and forms. I think what the world is missing so much is that feeling of connection between their family and loved ones. So many of us have been either separated or lost people close to us since the pandemic started (myself included) and we are all longing for that feeling of personal connection and “togetherness”.

This project started out as a portrait project but what I realized very quickly is how much people wanted to be photographed with people that they loved – the result was quite profound and touching. As I was shooting I would show the subjects their portraits and they were getting very emotional. The session would start by me saying “Give each other a hug.” and we would continue from there. It was almost like a therapy session where people could express their feelings for one another – whether the relationship was family, friendship or lovers, each session got better and better. I was living on the beach so we shot at magic hour as the sun was setting. The atmosphere on the beach was really quiet and beautiful. The whole experience seemed to be healing for everyone involved. We are aiming to raise money for homeless children in Venice Beach so any profits from the exhibition will go to a charity in Venice Beach called SPY (Safe Place for Youth).”

Matthew Brookes likes to find the emotion in his subjects before he photographs them because for him it’s as much about what he feels when they are in front his lens as to what he sees. It’s about scratching below the surface and finding the real person in each portrait he creates, rather than the image the subject might feel they should project.

Brookes’ portraits feature in a wide range of publications -Vanity Fair, Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, The New York Times’ T Magazine, Interview and British and Spanish Vogue. And he also works closely with a variety of luxury brands Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Berluti, David Yurman and Zegna. Born in England, raised in South Africa, it was in Paris that Brookes first discovered his passion for photography. The allure of the city had a profound influence on his aesthetic as a photographer. Aside from working with celebrities and models Brookes also enjoys photographing sports men and women and dancers as he is fascinated in the human form and movement. In 2015 he published “Les Danseurs”, a series of photographs of the ballet dancers of the Paris Opera. He divides his time between Paris and New York.

CREATIVES FOR UKRAINE: A FREE PLATFORM INVITING THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT UKRAINE

CREATIVES FOR UKRAINE: A FREE PLATFORM INVITING THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT UKRAINE

DENIZ AKKAYA

Creatives For Ukraine is an open platform for creatives from around the world showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who are fighting for the world as we know it.

February 24th, Putin launched a devastating attack on Ukraine, a democracy of 44 million people. Now, Europe is witnessing its first major war in decades, while Ukrainians alone are fighting for the democratic world as we know it by themselves.

In response to the war, creatives from Lithuania launched Creatives for Ukraine, an open platform where designers, illustrators, and photographers all over the world can submit their work for free use. The situation that we are facing now is not only a war on a sovereign country but also information warfare, so the platform invites the world’s creative community to take their biggest weapon – creativity & show the real face of this disastrous invasion for the world to see.

Creatives for Ukraine platform was created to amass digital art and illustrations that can draw attention to a difficult subject matter, help express feelings and share the truth for the world to see. The secondary intent was to create a platform that would allow members of the media, non-profits and other organizations to freely access a selection of creative images depicting the war in Ukraine, allowing them to share illustrations with a wider audience.

COMING IN HOT THIS SUMMER: A STUDIO GHIBLI EXHIBITION

COMING IN HOT THIS SUMMER: A STUDIO GHIBLI EXHIBITION

The Toshio Suzuki and Ghibli Exhibition is returning to Tokyo in July with new installations…

Studio Ghibli is set to showcase its iconic animations in exhibitions arriving in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan this summer. The show will be highlighting the works of Toshio Suzuki, a long-time friend and collaborator of Hayao Miyazaki. Fans will be able to view films through the lens of Suzuki with a range of installations for an interactive experience.

Highlights include an enormous bookshelf which boasts 8,800 of Suzuki’s publications – many of these were published before he joined Studio Ghibli when he was working as an editor at an entertainment magazine that covered manga. The bathhouse from Spirited Away will also receive a life-size installation exclusively in Tokyo.

You can head over to the official website to learn more. 

This event isn’t exclusive to Tokyo, by the way. The exhibition will be running in Kyoto from April 23 to June 19.

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ FOR UKRAINE

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ FOR UKRAINE

DENIZ AKKAYA

This month Marina Abramović will restage one of her most famous performances, The Artist is Present, for an auction benefiting Ukraine.

In conjunction with Sean Kelly Gallery and photographer Marco Anelli, the acclaimed Serbian conceptual artist is holding a benefit auction with 100% of proceeds benefitting Direct Relief’s Ukraine response efforts.

Currently on auction through an Artsy platform is a chance be photographed opposite Abramović at New York’s Sean Kelly gallery, where a survey of her work is currently on view. The photograph will be taken by Marco Anelli, who captured the more than 1,500 people who came to the Museum of Modern Art 12 years ago for a chance to sit across from the artist.

Each of the two winning bidders will be photographed with the artist by renowned photographer Marco Anelli, who documented every sitting at that iconic MoMA performance. Each sitter will also receive a framed copy of the photograph signed by both Abramović and Anelli, along with a signed copy of Anelli’s 2021 publication, Portraits in the Presence of Marina Abramović.

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present Photo by Marco Anelli. © 2010 Marco Anelli

To enter, please register with Artsy. The auction will run until March 25.

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE 2022 MET GALA

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE 2022 MET GALA

DENIZ AKKAYA

Met Gala is back with the second installment to its two-part exhibition on American fashion. Last year’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion is followed by 2022’s An Anthology of Fashion.

Another year, another Met Gala to watch, unpack every outfit in detail, and enjoy the many memes to come from it. Details about 2022’s upcoming event are now dropping, and we cannot wait to see our favorite celebs walk up to the infamous stairs of MET.

2022 marks the year that the Met Gala will return to its usual slot in the first week of May, on Monday, 2 May — a mere eight months since the last. However, there will still be a few key differences.

Last yearAndrew Bolton, curator at the Costume Institute, announced that the theme for the 2021 and 2022 Met Gala’s will take place in two instalments. Both would centre on Americana, a decision he came to in the hopes of championing the US fashion industry which was ravaged economically by Covid-19.

What is the theme?

The 2022 Met Gala is pegged to the Met’s exhibition, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, the second installment of the institution’s two-part homage to the history of American fashion. The first exhibition, titled In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opened in September 2021 with examples from designers including Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein. While there has yet to be an official announcement as to what precisely that theme will mean for the gala’s dress code, Vanessa Friedman of the New York Times has reported that the theme will be “Gilded Glamour,” suggesting a very luxe evening indeed.

Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda will host as official co-chairs. Continuing their roles as honorary co-chairs are Tom Ford, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour. The Met Gala will be held on May 2 with the exhibit opening to the public on May 7. Both parts one and two will be on display at the museum until September 5. For more details, watch the video below.

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