Stefan Bladh

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Over several years I’ve travelled throughout Europe without any specific purpose or destination in mind.  It has more been about trying to be present. A kind of self-imposed exile, where I for some time can be completely disconnected from the mundane.

I’ve been wondering why I take these photographs and what they are trying to tell me. It is not about specific places, nor subjects. I’ve been trying to capture a state of mind. Scenarios of inner and outer realities. The wordless in us and what we call reality.

A condition that reminds me of how intertwined we are, down to the smallest particle. And at the same time totally alone in this world, where everything keeps going on and on. As a sudden internal stress that freezes everything to a standstill in time and space.

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Andrea Gjestvang

Disappearing Ice Age

During the last century, adventurers have traveled to Greenland to explore this unknown land of ice and myths. The pictures they brought show brave men, heroes fighting nature. But still, many of us know very little about life on the world’s largest island, where 57,600 inhabitants live on 15 % of the land. The rest is covered with ice. When I first traveled to Greenland in 2008, my curiosity was triggered to take a deeper look into a culture going through dramatic changes. Greenland is one of the areas of the world most strongly affected by climate change. With the melting ice, traditional living conditions are slowly vanishing. This is posing a serious threat to the Inuit’s society, whose culture and livelihood is dependent on nature, especially through hunting and fishing.

Since then, I have spent time on the west coast, in the far north and on the east coast. I always traveled alone, and lived with local families. Drawn towards the more intimate family and community life, I wanted to explore another side of Greenland than the infamous and idealized hunter’s world. I was curious to explore what happens to the individuals and the community when traditions disappear, and people need to reinvent their values and outlook of the future.

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Bio

Andrea Gjestvang (born 1981) is a Norwegian freelance photographer currently based in Berlin. She divides her time between working around Europe for the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, and pursuing her own projects. “Disappearing Ice Age” was funded through a scholarship by the Freedom of Speech Foundation (NO), and the project has been exhibited in solo shows and festivals in Norway, Italy, Germany and the US among others, as well as published in various magazines. Together with 11 other young photographers, Andrea was selected for Joop Swart Masterclass 2010, which took place in Amsterdam the week of October 28th, 2010. The results of this week can be seen here. Andrea is represented through Moment Agency and is a founder of http://www.heartbeatphotography.org

source. http://andreagjestvang.com/photography-2/disappearing-ice-age/ and http://www.burnmagazine.org/essays/2010/11/andrea-gjestvang-disappearing-ice-age/

NYCB Art Series Presents: JR

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JR was recently invited by the New York City Ballet to create a large-scale art installation, in collaboration with the dancers of the Company, for their 2014 Art Series.

His work will be on view at three special New York City Ballet Art Series performances on January 23rd, February 7th and February 13th, where all tickets are priced at $29, and all audience members will receive a limited edition commemorative piece.

 

Shaolin Monks Training

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Shaolin has been popularly synonymous for what are considered the external Chinese martial arts, regardless of whether or not the particular style in question has any connection to the Shaolin Monastery. Some say that there is no differentiation between the so-called internal and external systems of the Chinese martial arts, while other well-known teachers have expressed differing opinions. For example, the Taijiquan teacher Wu Jianquan:

Those who practice Shaolinquan leap about with strength and force; people not proficient at this kind of training soon lose their breath and are exhausted. Taijiquan is unlike this. Strive for quiescence of body, mind and intention.

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Generation X – Werner Bischof

In the 1950s Magnum created portfolios for “Generation X”. Every photographer was given a group project: the task of portraying the new generation in the country he was visiting. The selected individuals were each interviewed using the same questionnaire, herein creating a fascinating portrait of a future generation. “Generation X” was published throughout the world. This video highlights Werner Bischof’s trip to India and Japan and the people he photographed and interviewed on his journey.

Werner Bischof’s Portfolio_ http://www.wernerbischof.com/work/portfolio.html