Author: Charlotte Vinsen

Fake Wellness: In Conversation with Daniella Isaacs

For much of her 20’s, Daniella Isaacs was something of an ambassador for the Wellness movement, shouting the praises of following rules and restricting your diet to ‘clean’, ‘whole’ foods. That is until it made her sick. Isaacs has taken her experiences in the toxic world of clean eating to create Hear Me Raw, where a wellness blogger realises you cannot control life, and what happens when their image of perfection comes crashing down. I spoke to Daniella before her run in London’s The Arcola. Hey Daniella! What’s Hear Me Raw all about? Hear Me Raw is an autobiographical...

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In Focus: Art Exhibitions 2018

There will be a whole cornucopia of delights to meet your art needs across the UK in 2018. From the big names like Lucian Freud and Picasso to new interpretations and emerging artists, there’s a lot to enjoy, challenge and ultimately appreciate. We have made things easier and collated the exhibitions that you shouldn’t miss.   Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up This exhibition at the V&A will be the first outside of Mexico; a collection of Kahlo’s personal possessions, including her iconic clothing and shoe collection displayed in June in London. Kahlo’s work was always fiercely personal, and...

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Hashtag Art: In Conversation with Tabloid Art History

Tabloid Art History is a Twitter account with a simple premise – tabloid photographs paired with classic works of art which look similar, drawing comparisons between the two. What results is a fascinating gallery of Lindsay Lohan as a portrait by Lee Godie, the references to Hooper in Mad Max, and Princess Diana in that iconic revenge dress as Madame X by John Singer Sargent from almost a century before. This Twitter page has already been featured in all kinds of places including Vogue, and has recently released their very first zine, further exploring the links between contemporary “tabloid”...

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Culturised’s Top Art Picks of 2017

The 95th Venice Biennale A useful barometer for trends in contemporary art within an international sphere, this year the Venice Biennale took a particularly poignant turn in relation to the tragic Grenfell tower fire in London this year, which took the life of artist Khadija Saye. Her photo series Dwelling: in the space we breathe was exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale, something she was rightly incredibly proud of before her death. Back in March, Nisha Desai wrote for Culturised on how the art world took more notice of women through the 2017 Venice Biennale, and has made steps...

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‘This Really Is Too Much’: Exploring the Absurdity of Gender Norms

At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe I watched a man loudly brush his teeth and gulp down a huge amount of foaming toothpaste on stage, so the competition for most gross show was fierce. However, I feel the winner has to go to the vibrant This Really Is Too Much, for covering the stage with water, face cream, cleaning product and lettuce, and then smearing it on their bikini clad bodies while pleasant, supermarket music plays, in a grotesque parody of commercial sex appeal. This Really Is Too Much was chosen for the Edinburgh Fringe as part of Underbelly Untapped,...

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Paula Varjack’s ‘Show Me The Money’: Finance and the Fringe

As anyone who has been to the Edinburgh Fringe knows, if you walk up the Royal Mile in August you will be bombarded by flyers for a plethora of shows. What those without seats to fill may not have considered, is the true cost of bringing a performance up to Edinburgh. All of those flyers you looked at for a millisecond before throwing away add up, using frequently meagre budgets production companies hope to get back in ticket sales. It gets harder each year to make money from the Fringe,[1] due to an increase in the commercialisation of fringe...

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‘A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)’: The Complexities of Exploring Depression on Stage

One of the main advantages of Fringe theatre is the element of difference. Not having to comply with mainstream preferences, new combinations can be created without as much of a risk for investors or venues. Interestingly, this does mean that you sometimes see a few Fringe shows exploring similar borderline “non mainstream” topics – in this case depression. A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is a musical about Sally, a girl we meet at sixteen and follow through the next ten years of her life and her journey with mental illness. Madeleine MacMahon plays Sally and narrates...

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‘The Shape of the Pain’: Staging Chronic Suffering

It’s almost impossible to comprehend what pain feels like when you’re not currently experiencing it, and it is especially hard to understand what someone other than yourself physically feels. This demonstrates a limit to the empathy others are able to give to those who live with pain every day, and forms the basis of The Shape of the Pain. In this one woman performance the audience is taken through the everyday life of a person with chronic pain, which has no injury or source. This pain comes from the mind exclusively, and during the performance we are taken through...

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