SAIAKUNANA: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTIST IN LONDON

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SAIAKUNANA JAPANESE ARTIST

All photography by Jessie-Rose SaiakuNana is a Japanese contemporary artist, currently based in London. She has been holding solo exhibitions in Tokyo since 2015, and in 2018, she was awarded the TARO Award at the 21st Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art. In 2021, SaiakuNana opened a gallery in Shoreditch exhibiting her original artworks. Situated… Read more »

EVER HEARD OF… EDWIGE BELMORE?

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Paris punk model, Edwige Belmore

The latest in our series investigating overlooked or obscured figures in musical and subcultural history takes a look at the “Queen of Punk” herself, Edwige Belmore (The previous edition of ‘Ever Heard of…’ about frontman of New York’s punk duo ‘Suicide’, Alan Vega can be read here) Born in Paris, the model, musician, and fashion… Read more »

THE EXPERIMENTAL MIND BEHIND LONDON CREATIVE SODOMA XIA

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London based creative Sodoma Xia, who studies at London College of Fashion and has been featured in Dazed, is collaborating with Underground England

Based within the creative London scene, Sodoma Xia uses her work to explore her self-identity. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Sodoma chooses to use both fashion photography, styling, fashion design, and digital arts to inform her style. She is heavily influenced by the club and dance scene, which has driven her artistic style. For our ‘New… Read more »

Cut and Paste: the surreal anthropology of STEPH DUTTON

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Pairing bygone imagery with surreal sentences, Steph Dutton, harnesses collage to dissect human behaviour in all its banality and eccentricity. Playful compositions show fragments of archival image anatomised with arrows; forming bizarre photo-montage narratives. Steph’s work may be synonymous with Nottingham post-punk band Do Nothing – their shared penchant for hilarity has established a long-lasting… Read more »

OF SKINHEADS AND SKIN: The Artwork of Rene Matić

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Rene Matić’s first solo show may have recently closed at Bermondsey’s Vitrine Gallery, but the Peterborough-born artist has made their ephemeral exhibition permanent; its title ‘Born British, Die British’ is indelibly etched on Matić’s skin, reclaiming a phrase to fit their own experience of the Black British diaspora. Investigating Skinhead culture as a means to… Read more »

WILIAM GROB – Dishonesty in the Digital Age

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William Grob - Masks - Underground England blog

Combining photography and painting, black & white and colours, real and surreal life and problems, this young Berlin based British artist William Grob attracts Underground with his newly finished book MASKS  a series of images pointing the finger at the dishonesty in the digital age and the problems of the superficial world. In William’s works… Read more »