From Suki Kim’s account of going undercover in the North to Matjaz Tancic’s 3DPRK—a series of portraits created from 3D stereoscopic technique—citizens from the world outside are now able to peek into the much enclosed lives of North Koreans. These works have also sparked debate about the threats posed towards citizens of both nations.
Back in December, our writer Marcus Cheong caught up with Andrew Ananda Voogel to find out more about his exploration of peace and the possibilities of it happening along the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea.
A visual artist based in Taiwan, Andrew Ananda Voogel works primarily within Asia and travels to visit and create art in areas of geopolitical stress that poses challenging questions to his viewers.
What's After Laughter?
No, not the album but literally, what comes after that? As portrayed in Fake Happy (the third single from Paramore's 2017 release), happiness should never be a goal. In fact, the entire album screams the need to disguise one's fears and misery through joy — which is what makes our standards of happiness so over-the-top and increasingly unattainable.
Interview originally published in Issue 02
Current editorial featuring unpublished shots
Singapore is facing a new wave of artistic and creative providers — such as Trishna Goklani who runs Swee Zine (a visual digital publication aimed at providing an alternative voice for photographers, fashion stylists and artists in Singapore), challenging myopic views and artistic limitations set by conventions. Aside from creating and showcasing art, Trishna also uses her platform to address issues pertaining to race and social class.
In 2017, she also became the face of a LANEIGE campaign that sparked healthy conversations on racial representation—a topic that’s largely approached with cold eyes in Singapore in the past years—in which she had a hand in producing as well.
Currently pursuing a degree in Fashion Journalism at London College of Fashion, she actively takes up projects with recognised outlets like Dazed, Something Curated and has documented two London Fashion Week editions in a row. While it may seem like the fashion writer and stylist has burst onto the scene in the last two years, it has, in fact, took her multiple progressions since the age of 18.
In an article I’ve read about On The Road, a feature film on North London rock band Wolf Alice, there was much talk about method acting, actors integrating into the real crew — which reminds me, many moments while watching this film I questioned, is this real?
There were many scenes that obviously required retakes though as a film lover, succumbing to irrational beliefs wasn’t the toughest job in that moment. You know it’s romanticised, why not play along with that daydream?