Aura’s pick: I’m a Phoenix, Bitch
Live art can sometimes seem obscure and pretentious, but Bryony Kimmings’ shows, often made up of personal stories, pop songs and dance routines, are anything but that. Even when dealing with topics like depression or cancer, they are fun, accessible and poignant. If you’re looking for a soft landing into live art, Kimmings’ newest performance “I’m a Phoenix, Bitch” about how to survive through dark times and turn pain into power, is just the thing.
I’m a Phoenix, Bitch, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN. https://www.bac.org.uk/content/44913/whats_on/whats_on/shows/im_a_phoenix_bitch. 20.2.–9.3.2019. Admission: £15-30.
Camilla’s pick: In the beginning
The American photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971) is one of the most unique Post-Modern photographers and one of my personal favourites. The upcoming exhibition centres around pictures taken between 1956 and 1962 when photography was not yet recognised as a valid art form by more than a few. Albers was in fact one of the first photographers that, with much struggle, crossed the gap from editorial photography into art with her pictures of people in the outskirts of societal norms.
diane arbus: in the beginning, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX. https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/diane-arbus-beginning . 13.2-6.5.2019. Standard admission: £14-15.50.
Aino-Sofia’s pick: A Time for New Dreams
Grace Wales Bonner is one of the most innovative and interesting designers of this generation, her work fascinates me. Her new project, A Time for New Dreams, exhibited at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery combines the fields of music, fashion, art and design.
A Time for New Dreams displays the works from such significant artists and writers such as Rotimi Fani Kayode, Ben Okri and David Hammons. The exhibition itself is absolutely beautiful, but it also offers different events that helps the audience to emerge into Grace Wales Bonner’s mindset.
Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams. Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London, W2 2AR https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/grace-wales-bonner-time-new-dreams 19.1.-16.2.2019. Free. Open from Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Essi’s pick: Sofar Sounds
Sofar turns ordinary living rooms, shops and cafes into music venues by inviting artists and audiences to enjoy an atmospheric evening together. Sounds like an ordinary gig? Not quite. Each act of the night remains a secret until showtime, and the location of each Sofar will only be announced a day before. Tickets can be applied for until 5 days before the event and lucky ones will be informed via email. Sofar London represents all genres so jump in with an open mind and maybe you’ll discover your new favourites. There are events every day in February across the city.
Sofar Sounds. Various places in London. https://www.sofarsounds.com/london 1.2.–28.2.2019. £12–17. Times vary. Guests are invited to arrive between 19.30–20.
Elina’s picks: Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage & Frock me!
Both Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair at Bethnal Green York Hall and Frock me! Vintage fair at Chelsea Town Hall will bring you a great event for hunting vintage goods, gathering every vintage fanatic together. They sell vintage from fashion and accessories to furniture and everything in between. This could be a fun, optional way to spend your lazy Sunday. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, these fairs are a nice way to spend time walking through the venues and see what they have to offer. Who knows, maybe you discover great treasures.
Bethnal Green’s Affordable vintage markkinat. 5-15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ. https://www.facebook.com/events/2299115460365991/ 10.2.2019. £2-3.00. Open 10.30 – 16.30.
Frock me! Vintage-markkinat. Chelsea Library, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE. http://www.frockmevintagefashion.com/ 10.2.2019. £2-4.00. Open 11 – 17.30.
Photo: Sofar Sounds