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!! OMG, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: Mounir Fatmi’s ‘Sleep (Al Naim)’ !!

If you are not familiar with Sir Salman Rushdie, read a blooming book some time. His first novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ won the Booker Prize in 1981, and his fourth novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ won him death threats and from angry Muslims and a fatwā issued by the -then- Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Oopsie!
Paris-based Moroccan Artist Mounir Fatmi’s latest piece is a reinterpretation of Andy Warhol’s 1963 film also entitled ‘Sleep’, and features a 3D render of Sir Salman Rushdie…asleep…obv.
This 6 hour durational piece was censored at a show at l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris last year but is currently showing in Fatmi’s solo exhibition entitled ‘History is Not Mine’:

“Rushdie lives between different worlds, between countries, between life and death. It is at once boring and voyeuristic to look at someone sleeping for six hours. I want the audience to feel guilty about Rushdie’s destiny.”

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!! OMG, PROFILE PICS: ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ !!

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In 2007, historical hobbyist, John Maloof bought a box of ‘amateur’ film negatives for $380 from the auction house across the road from his place.
It held 100’000 negatives, 700 rolls of undeveloped colour film as well as reels of 8mm and 16mm movie film.
John traced this film treasure chest back to one late Vivian Maier who worked as a children’s nanny in New York and Chicago in the ’50s and ’60s.
Through his upcoming film ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ [trailer after the jump] John attempts to discover the woman behind these, now world famous and sought after street photographs, through talking to old friends, employers and the children she looked after at the time the photographs were taken.
It appears Maier was a very private person who simply loved composing photographs of what she saw, with even her best friends unbeknown to her ‘hobby’. In this tone it is her self portraits that I find to be most engaging [a collection of which you can see after the jump]; captured in the reflections of discarded mirrors, shop windows, and various interiors, there is a ‘knowing’ in Maier’s expressions, which hints at a sneakiness as to the private catalog she is creating, or she knows that Facebook is coming and so she’s dedicated her time to taking the CUTEST PROFILE PIC, oooooor she always JUST FARTED when she takes her selfie!

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!! OMG, like a version: Adeyhawke’s ‘Looker’ & ‘Storm Runner’ !!

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Irish potato producer Adeyhawke is obsessed much [?] by 80s space glamazons and such the like. His visuals and noisicles are classic 80s heroine chic and he’s remade The Bangles’ ‘Walk like an Egyptian’, as well as remixed fellow 80s thrower backer Anoraak’s 2008 [via 1988] ‘Nightdrive With You’.


A few days ago he released ‘Looker’, which follows from his recent ‘Blade Runner’/’Storm Trooper’ name-smudgey ‘Storm Runner’. They make me want to don some sci-fi shoulder pads and PUSH A BITCH DOWN THE STAIRS!
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!! OMG, REARy chic: Peter Lindbergh’s ‘Window Dressing’ !!

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For American Vogue’s April Issue, Photographer Peter Lindbergh shot Tobey Macquire and Carolyn Murphy in an Alfred Hitchcockian ‘Rear Window’ style editorial.
Back in 2008, Vanity Fair also did a shoot inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ [theirs featuring Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem] as well as many other of Hitchcock’s classic films posed with various other big Hollywood names.
Click HERE to see VF’s Hitchcock homage and follow the jump below to see the remainder of Peter Lindbergh’s Vogue venture.

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!! OMG, Sasha Awa: ‘Sasha Cohen: Rite Of Spring’ by Jake Sumner !!


Beautifully shot by Sting’s super cute model-turned-directorial son Jake Sumner, three-time world championship medalist Sasha Cohen invites us onto the ice [please don’t we’ll slip and fall] to experience the transformative nature of dancing with knives on the bottom of your shoes, and becoming “part of something else, something bigger”.

“no matter how many people are part of your team, when you go out on the ice you are alone”

Sasha and I have very little in common, I can’t skate very well, I can’t afford to wear flesh-toned Nina Ricci [although would appreciate this to be the skating competition norm] and the only medal I ever won was for ‘best improved’…which basically means ‘shitest, but you got a little less shit after a long long time!’
We do, however share one thing in common, “If [Cohen] were a natural phenomenon, [she’d] be a rainbow”…me too girl…SAME!
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