Thursday, August 22, 2019

Green Pastures


Photographed By Oloma Elewa

Saturday, June 22, 2019

L’Exploration des Futurs Possibles


Photo Courtesy Of Ann Grim

Installation by Ann Grim.

Ann Grim

Photo Courtesy Of Ann Grim

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I’ve changed continents, countries, cities, neighborhoods, houses, ateliers, beds many times since I was born. I am now in this forever changing body, laying on a bed… in my life/work space in Shoreditch in London, in England, in Europe, on Earth, in the solar system, in the milky way, in the virgo super cluster and within what’s beyond the universe.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born Latitude : 48.867268 | Longitude : 2.311889 (in Paris, France) I was raised in the passionate Buenos Aires, the mellow Paris, the gentile Montevideo and the organic Cape Town.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
London is an everlasting renewal, it is electrifying! Samuel Johnson said "When a man is tired of London he is tired of life", and I couldn’t agree more!

WHAT WERE YOUR APSIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I was dreaming of feeling alive, free and serene. I knew the purest way to get there was pursuing my artistic journey.

WHY ART?
It’s my happiness, my balance, my reason to live, my doubts, my challenge, my link to humanity and to the rest of the world. It feels like I couldn’t breath without it.  Art can sometimes bring out the worst of me but most of the time the best.

WHAT'S YOUR TRAINING?
A no boundaries context, a creative family, high quality teachers from the best fine art and history of art universities (L’Atelier Met de Penninghen and L’École du Louvre).

WHAT'S YOUR PREFERRED MEDIUM?
I believe the content is what matters the most. I don’t think I have a preference in terms of production. I like the variations from one medium to the other. The challenge, the surprise,… Painting is very sensual, volume is very physical. My focuses, energies, videos and performances is a team effort…

WHAT'S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Learn, process, reflect, research, test, and produce.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU? Kisses of abandonment on the forehead, kisses of love on the breast, kisses of the uncreated on the hand, kisses of treason in the neck, kisses of Time on the shoulder, kisses of knowledge on the feet, kisses of Art on the lips…

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I'm demanding when it comes to my personal style. I seek the best possible quality with the best possible craftsmanship where imperfections are not mistakes but an integral part of the creative process.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING? 
Dreaming.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND? 
Re-oxygenating my eyes, my brain, my soul. /Looking, walking, riding, flying, reading, traveling, conquering…

Friday, May 10, 2019

Music


Jeannie

Photo Courtesy Of Jeannie

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I’m in Paris right now. I spent most of my life here. I haven’t always lived here.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in Paris, but I move to Cameroon with my mom when I was still a baby. I’ spent eight years there then we moved back to France. We spent some years in the South then we came back to Paris.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
The city, itself. I love wandering. I always fall in love with every little detail, every wall, window, street… Especially in the springtime.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I wanted to be a model. I always loved fashion. I used to do the catwalk in front of the TV when I wasn’t using the remote control as a mic to sing some Destiny’s Child’s song. Obviously, I always wanted to be on a stage.

WHY MUSIC?
Because music is my every mood. No matter how I feel, there’s always music in me, whether I’m in the mood to create it or just listen to it. It’s probably the only constancy in my life.

FIRST SONG EVER SUNG?
The first song I ever sung in front of people was "Fallin" by Alicia Keys. I was 10 or 11.

IS THERE A MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FALLS TO MOVE
YOU EMOTIONALLY?
The chorus of  "Lost & Found" by Lianne La Havas. I can feel every word of it. She gets me every time!

WHAT'S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I watch and listent a lot. I’m like a sponge. The more I’m fed by the world, the more I feel like creating. The more I receive, the more I’m able to give back. I read a lot of lyrics and poems, listen to a lot of instrumentals, then I just hit the beat that fits my mood.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
All the women who never settled for less around me. I’m very thankful for them.

WHAT'S YOUR AESTHETIC?
I like to describe my style as minimalist with a little je ne sais quoi. The statement shoe or the statement pair of sunglasses. That’s how I like things. Simple but unexpected.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
I’m also very minimalist (or just lazy) when it comes to beauty routine but one thing I’ve been using forever and will never change is the micellar water by Garnier. I use it for my morning routine and night routine.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Music, always. Actually, whether I’m working or not. On my days off, I like to set my mood with some afrobeats.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I like to dance! That’s my favorite work out and best way to unwind. I’m always down for a good party but I need my space so I can express myself.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Elise Hudson And Why She's Down With O.P.D. (Other People's Dogs)


Image Courtesy Of Netflix

Elise Hudson currently works and lives in New York City. This upcoming August will make it four years since she moved there. Hudson was borne and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. The preferred thing about her hometown is how the locals call it "The world’s biggest small town."

"It’s a rather large city and full of people, and yet you always tend to run into someone you know," says Hudson, and adds that her favourite aspect about New York is the amount of opportunity the city offers, and the amount of live theatre right at her fingertips.

Growing up, Hudsonwas focused on doing well in school, always a perfectionist, which has its pros and cons. She wanted to learn absolutely everything she could. A little before high school, Hudson started auditioning for plays and working with an acting coach, and her love of performing grew form there.

"They say that if you are thinking of being an actor, you must consider: Is there anything else at all that I could do that would make me totally happy? If the answer is yes, then do that, because the acting business is hard," says Hudson and explains how thespian became her raison d'être. "For me, if I was not pursuing acting, I know that I would be unhappy. For me, there is nothing so fulfilling as telling a story onstage or onscreen. Stories can magnify the world we live in and show us the truth, or they can distract us from the hard times by making us laugh. Both results are valid. Both are necessary."

She received her undergrad degree in Theatre from Boston College, and she has a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. She also trained in Oxford with the British American Drama Academy.

It was her manager who submitted her for a small one-episode role on "She’s Gotta Have It". Luckily she happened to book it. Although Hudson confesses she'd never seen the movie before auditioning for the show. But she's definitely a fan now. "The character is named Rachel, and she’s a woke white chic who is annoying good at West African dance, and it pretty with it, but occasionally she still says the wrong thing," say Hudson about Spike Lee's Netflix revival of his 80's classic.

Once she got on set, there was a lot of improv involved, and Lee (their director) and the writers enjoyed what she brought to the character enough to decide to write the character into more episodes. Her small dramatis personae grew to be Nola’s upstairs neighbour and one of her close friends explains Hudson and continues, "She likes to dance. In class, at a party, whenever. Or do you mean clothing-wise? She loves colours and a boho look. She probably shops at Free People and Madewell and vintage stores."

Marci Rodgers is responsible for the costumes on the show. "She’s incredible," proclaims Hudson and urges the enthusiastic to check out Rodger's website. Or, just Google her, because she’s everywhere. Hudson is partial however to some of the dresses for Rachel in Season 2, and can't declare a best-loved outfit. But she loves seeing the bright and bold outfits Rodgers puts Chyna Layne in for her character Shemekka.

When it comes to Hudson's own sense of style, she wants to be comfortable at all times. "Honestly? Elegant-Comfy I try to make it classy and elegant whenever possible. Think Madewell Jeans with a Portofino shirt from Express. Also, my favorite heels are a thick black heel from Cole Haan that you just can’t beat." Elegant. Comfortable. Occasionally, she'll appen a cool statement piece to edge it up. Currently, she has some bright earrings from Thailand that were a gift from her bestie Marina, that she keeps finding ways to work into her outfits. They have elephants on them (favourite animal). She's wearing them right now, actually.
When Hudson's isnt working, half of the job is finding the next job. She's auditioning/networking/seeing plays/meeting people. "You can’t just wait for the jobs to come to you. It’s a 24/7 job to be an actor, but it’s worth it." Also,she loves rock climbing, boxing, wandering the city, catching up on her favourite shows ("Game of Thrones", "Outlander" and "Jane the Virgin"), reading books (fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction), hanging with her incredible partner Josh, planning future vacations…You know. The norm.

On how Hudson undwinds; "If I had a dog, the answer would be playing with my dog. Sadly, I don’t have my own yet. I seek out opportunities to meet other people’s dogs. Luckily, Brooklyn is full of them. A quick walk around my neighborhood allows me to pet lots of dogs and also make a stop at my local community garden with whatever book I’m currently reading."

Up next you can see her in a supporting guest star role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (episode 20x23 “Assumptions”) airing this Thursday, May 9, on NBC in the States. If you have Hulu, you can catch the show the next day. Following SVU, you’ll find out how "She’s Gotta Have It" multiple occasions. On Netflix, starting May 24.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Paris

Photographed By Karen Burgos

De tout coeur.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Bob Fosse

Image Courtesy Of Paramount Pictures