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Helene R. Hidalgo

Lalla Essaydi: Bringing Orientalism Back

On a journey of introspection and self-discovery, a photographer by the name of Lalla Essaydi, based out of New York City, struggles to understand Orientalism, the complexity of the Arab female identity, as well as the confines of Islamic tradition and the spaces in which she grew up. Born and raised in Morocco, she moved…

Lola Loves… Miso’s Minimal Tattoos

As an artist working under the pseudonym "Miso," Stanislava Pinchuk, originally from Ukraine, has become one of the headliners of the Australian art scene. Currently based in Melbourne, she started creating tattoos about four years ago. Her tattoos are minimalistic, delicate and remind us of the constellations in the night sky, maps, and organic forms perforated on paper.

Lola Loves… Silk Scarves by Nathalie Lété

Parisian artist, Nathalie Lété, started painting on silk when she was only 13 years old. Inspired by her parent’s cultural heritage – her father is Chinese and her mother is German – Natalie’s art is naïve and colorful. Flowers, places and animals come to life in different mediums, using various techniques, with childlike freshness and a dash of nostalgia. We love this collection of cute and vibrant silk scarves!

Lola Loves… Locked In the Ether by Kenji Shibata

During winter, time seems to stop as nature goes into hibernation… However, locked in ice, life can be preserved and time can literally be frozen. In a new series entitled Locked in the Ether, Osaka-based photographer, Kenji Shibata, chose to freeze flowers in large blocks of ice and to photography the flowers as the ice thaws, creating stunning blurred colors reminiscent of the French impressionist artist Claude Monet.

Lola Loves… The First Kiss in the History of Cinema

In 1896, the famed inventor Thomas Edison made history again by filming the first kiss in cinema in "The Kiss". The short 23 seconds clip directed by William Heise was filmed in Edison's Black Maria studio in New Jersey. This clip featuring the mustachioed John C. Rice and the Canadian actress Mae Irwin was considered scandalous, especially at a time when public kissing was considered a controversial act by the Victorian society of the 19th century.

From Russia with Love – An Interview with Motorama

Originating from the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, near the border with Ukraine, Motorama delivers a cold-wave sound that never freezes. After working anonymously for several years, Motorama seem to have crossed a new plateau with their third album “Poverty” released March 10th on the French label Talitres. Motorama was a well-kept secret until their second full-length…

Jennifer Osborne’s “El Reinado” – An Insider’s Look Into Beauty Pageants in Cartagena, Colombia

For better or worse, beauty contests instill passion in Colombia. Jennifer Osborne, a Canadian photographer, decided to go to Cartagena in 2009 after leaving her job at Fabrica, a communication agency in Italy. Her trip to Cartagena was specifically planned around photographing pageants, and staying with a Colombian family to get an insider’s look into the renowned Colombian pageant world. She took the time to share her thoughts on the worrisome psychological effects of beauty pageants, the Colombian beauty ideal, and how beauty pageants can (surprisingly) empower young women.

Lola Loves… Porcelain Dolls with Tattoos

Jessica Harrison creates unique, delicate porcelain figurines covered in intricate and beautiful sailor tattoos. The Scotland-based artist offers an interesting perspective on the relationship between the body and the world. Her artist statement proposes a “multi-directional and pervasive model of skin as a space in which body and world mingle.” In this sculptural project, Harrison…