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Drag Queen Pattaya   In Half-Drag, the renowned photographer Leland Bobbé aims to explore the personal and cultural implications of the tensions between “feminine” and “masculine” aesthetics. A diverse set of New York City drag queens serve as his subjects, but only one half of their form undergoes the transformation, leaving half of the sitter’s visage untouched by make-up, shaving, or hair pieces.   Drag ... Read More
Stella – Montecchio, Italy   For one of the most moving photo series of the year, titled Toy Stories, the photographer Gabriele Galimberti (spotted via Feature Shoot) traveled the world in search of children with the toys they loved. Moving from Texas to Haiti and everywhere in between, the artist spent time with his young subjects in hopes of discovering the differences and similarities between the way children of diverse backgrounds connect to ... Read More
  In the Mexico state Oaxaca, individuals assigned male who identify as female are adored and viewed as carriers of good fortune. Called “muxes,” these individuals have a culture and legendary history all their own. The story passed down is a magical one: the patron saint of the town Juchitán, named San Vincente Ferrer, is said to have dropped the muxes out of his weathered and hole-filled pockets when he travelled on a holy ... Read More
  An empty home bears the weight of both loss and rebirth: it offers a strange sort of tabula rasa that is never completely blank, that carries memories that cannot be erased. My fiance and I moved into our first apartment just a few months ago, and we have spread all of our trinkets and memories amongst the mysterious evidence of residents past: an old air shower caddy, a large stain circling the dining room.    The subjective beauty of our own ... Read More
  The photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman captivates viewers with her beautifully intimate yet political images. From her personal snapshots of friends and partner, captured on disposable cameras, to vivid and advanced digital renditions of bloody tampons and downy vulvas, she has built a name for herself as an outspoken feminist artist who creates work that is both beautiful and courageous. Schneiderman’s work challenges the aesthetic expectations of ... Read More
  Grab your candy-cane latte and get ready for some Christmas cheer: the photographer Ed Wheeler has inserted himself into all your favorite works of art... as Santa Claus himself. The gleefully silly and surprisingly earnest self-portraits situate the Santa legend within beautifully anachronistic moments in the Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism, and even early Modernism. Wheeler and his bearded alter ego impersonate everyone from Venus to Jesus to ... Read More
What would happen if you combined the Madonna with Lisa Frank's Technicolor magic? The answer exists: "Virgencita Plis," the creation of Mexico-based company Distroller, is a cutesy, colorful cartoon of the Virgin Mary. Her image is printed on an endless slew of products, accompanied by sayings and "prayers" for love, health, and protection.   Amparo Serrano is the owner of Distroller and mind behind Virgentica Plis ("Plis" being a stylized version of ... Read More
Marina Abramović  is a force of nature; Her grueling performances have established her as one of the major female artists of our time. Most recently, her piece The Artist is Present, involved sitting in the MoMA for 736 hours, not moving, while spectators were allowed to sit and stare at her for as long as they liked.  Her latest work, an autobiographical performance piece titled The Life and Death of Marina Abramović,  is an avant-garde ... Read More
The distinct experience of being a young woman is one of the most difficult things to capture. Petra Collins, in collaboration with Arvida Bystrom, has come pretty close to making the melancholy of those formative years tangible. (Perhaps you remember Petra Collins as the artist behind the controversial menstruating vulva t-shirt sold at American Apparel?) Collins' photo series "Lines and Curves" wraps up the awkwardness we all experienced in a pastel ... Read More
  The student artists Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi of Musashino Art University in Japan recently unveiled a gorgeous series of portraits of X-Ray and CT images of embracing couples. One might expect images devoid of flesh, readable facial expressions, and color to read as clinical and sterile, but the photographs are strikingly human: “X-ray images usually show the finite nature of our bodies composed only of matter. But these couples’ portraits ... Read More
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