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Ladies of the Press at Sluice Biennial

SEEN headed up to Hackney recently, there to peruse this year’s Sluice Biennial. A large and airy building at Morning Lane housed fascinating creative projects by artists and creators who have come together under the Sluice banner. What SEEN particularly liked was the variety of work on display and the informal atmosphere in which it all took place. At no time were we directed to appreciate the artwork in a didactic way. On the contrary, the audience seemed to be doing as SEEN did, making connections for themselves as to the narratives and ideas on show.

SEEN got chatting to the Ladies of the Press, resplendent in pink, who were there with a pink backdrop and a welter of instagram hashtags to encourage the public to make human collages of themselves, with oversized cutouts from magazines of all our favourite brands. We got talking about the semantics of pink as a colour, wondering why it’s such a contested hue. Personally SEEN only has to be told to stop wearing something before she rushes out and buys a new outfit in exactly that colour. The Ladies make a good point about women who are targeted by advertising, but in the tradition of all good subversionary tactics do so in a fun way, encouraging us to examine our own desires for branded goods and self-expression but not in a fashion that makes us defensive. We’ll be following the Ladies’ progress. Watch this space.

Seen this week

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Posturing: The Female Body in Fashion

The Ground Floor Project, Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion was the first iteration of a three-part partnership with luxury online retailer THE OUTNET.COM. The exhibition brought together diverse photographers, whose images pushed the boundaries of fashion image-making, connected by a shared interest in posture, gesture and pose. The viewer was challenged to consider both the body’s role in the construction of a fashion photograph …

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Art on a Postcard Presents: Secret Auction 2017 for the Hepatitis C Trust

After the success of last year’s auction, which raised over £75,000, The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard Secret Auction returns for its 4th year. Guests at the private view on the 14th November at Unit London, included Sadie Frost, Alan McGee, Charlie Brooks, Dougie Wallace, David Harrison, Benjamin Murphy and Rowan Newton. World renowned …

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Omar Souleyman Releases ‘To Syria, With Love’

SEEN cannot believe that she hasn’t listened to anything by the great Omar Souleyman, before. He started out as a wedding singer in his native Syria before re-locating to Turkey six years ago to escape the civil war. Since then he’s toured the globe, collaborated with Björk and Four Tet, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize …