Sunday, September 25, 2016

Honey B. Fly

Photo Courtesy Of Farah Fahad 

The Egyptians do it better, and Tutankhamun looks pretty good for a 3 000-year-old dude, no?

OK, I'm talking about honey (what were you thinking?). There's a library of literature pertaining to the health (and beauty) benefits of this sugar-rich liquid. They knew it in the ancient civilizations, too. And I know it. But, I've never tried a home remedy mask using manuka honey. Farah Fahad's convinced me. The price is up there. However, this stuff has no expiration date. You can literally carry it on into the afterlife.

Farah Fahad


Photo Courtesy Of Farah Fahad 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
I was born and raised in Kuwait. Growing up I really had no idea what I wanted to be. Even in college it wasn't until my third year that I chose to study nutrition. I think it's very important not to put pressure on kids growing up and allow them to explore different activities to really find what they are passionate about.

WHAT ARE THE THREE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY WHERE YOU LIVE?
I live in Los Angeles. The three best things are the weather, my favorite grocery store called Erewhon, and the beautiful hiking trails.

WHY DIETITIAN?
I decided to become a dietitian, because I love health and wellness, I love helping people and making them feel better.

WHEN DID YOU START THE FARAH EFFECT?
I started The Farah Effect earlier this year. I decided it was time to have an online platform that everyone had access to- that had useful nutrition knowledge including recipes. There is a lot misinformation regarding nutrition online and I wanted to create a space that came from a credible source. But at the same time I wanted the imagery to be beautiful.

HOW DID YOU ACQUIRE THE EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE?
Through school and work. I have a Bachelor of Science in nutritional science, master of arts in clinical psychology, master of science in nutrition and a registered dietitian license.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS TO WORK WITH?
Anything coconut! Coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut water, coconut flour, coconut oil.

DETOX DIETS, YAY OR NAY?
Only for short periods and not to be used as a way to control weight. I don't recommend extreme dieting, I believe moderation is the key to health in all areas of life not just food.

PROTEINS VERSUS CARBOHYDRATES?
Both - the body needs both to function. Carbohydrates from unrefined sources like fruits and vegetables.

WHAT BEAUTY ESSENTIALS CAN EASILY BE WHIPPED UP IN ONE’S KITCHEN?
Face masks. I use this manuka honey one all the time.

HOW DO YOU GET LIT OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I love concerts. The last one I saw was Adele. Her voice is out of this world.

WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT?
Veggie pizza, with a side of vegetables and green juice. I eat a lot of vegetables!

The Farah Effect

Photographed By Farah Fahad

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pandemonia Panacea


Photo Courtesy Of Christina Georgiadou

IS LIFE IN PLASTIC FANTASTIC?
On the surface, it’s all glossy and fabulous. Inside, it's a little claustrophobic.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
London. I still live in central London. It's very handy for popping up at all those fashion and art shows.

WHAT WERE YOUR CHILDHOOD DREAMS?
To be an outlaw.

WHY ARTIST?
It's the only occupation that allows you to explore our existence, while engaging in conversation with the world.
 
IN WHAT GENRE WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR ART?
Digital technology and social media is changing our world. The categories for art are changing. My work is concerned with the collective myths and the inter-subjective world we all inhabit. At present my work is not defined to one specific category or genre.

ARE YOU A PRAGMATIST OR A FANTASIST?
I think there is something in the pragmatic philosophy of Peirce and Dewey: what works works. I see myself as more of a realist. My work exists squarely in this world.

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS AND WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION?
As an anonymous artist I pass through the city unnoticed observing the culture and people in it. I use the good old sketch book to place drawings and notes. I get a lot of inspiration from the mass media. I also read a lot of books.

WHO DESIGNS YOUR COSTUMES?
I do. I design and make all my work. Eventually I would like to have a team help me make so I can realize greater possibilities.

IS ANONYMITY UNDERRATED?
Totally! People are giving everything away for convenience. In the analogue age your personal life was precious.

SILENCE OR NOISE?
Living in the city silence is a thing of rare beauty.

The Marketability Of Desire

Photo Courtesy Of Pandemonia Panacea

Futile.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Buhle Ngaba

Photo Courtesy Of Buhle Ngaba

WHAT ARE YOU UP TO IN THE UK, DO TELL?
I got the Brett Goldin Bursary to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford after an intense audition process. While I have been at the company I have done several things including voice and text classes, workshops with Cicely Berry (voice director at the RSC, 1969-2014) which was a dream come true because we study her methods at drama school and she has worked with the likes of Judi Dench, Clare Danes and Ian Mckellen etc etc. I was also doing text analysis classes, singing technique with the music director at the RSC as well as stage combat, and I got the opportunity to sit in on the “King Lear” rehearsals under the direction of Gregory Doran (artistic director) with Sir Anthony Sher in the title role. I was given the opportunity to perform on the Swan theatre stage as well.

The thing I gained while I was there was an understanding of how important it is that we as Africans begin to write and perform and embrace our own narratives so that they, too, may become “classics”. I have truly become a more potent actress as a result of my time at the RSC.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU PRESENTLY LIVE?
I was born in Kwazulu-Natal, raised in the North West. I live between Cape Town and Johannesburg and everywhere else in the world depending on where I am working.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS AS A CHILD?
To be an actress. It is all I ever wanted to be and I consider myself so so fortunate.

HOW DID YOU HAPPEN UPON YOUR PROFESSIONS (OR IT ONTO YOU)? 
I started performing as a very little girl and I was always sure that I loved telling stories. I solidified my commitment to it by the time I was eight years old and attending all the performance classes I could at school. I've always been fascinated by the intimacy and discipline required in acting, and how if you commit yourself to that, to telling the story onstage and leaving ego behind, you access people in ways that a mundane exchange or academic conversation can't.

WHAT IS “THE GIRL WITHOUT A SOUND” ABOUT AND WHAT IS THE LARGER STORY YOU WANT TO TELL?
“The Girl without a Sound” is about a little girl who is born with a cocoon in her throat so she can’t speak. It speaks to those of us who can identify with being silenced. Ultimately, “the ones with moonlight in their skins”, women of colour.

WHO DO YOU RANK AMONG YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS?
Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Bessie Head, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Arundhati Roy.

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU ON A DAY-TO-DAY?
It changes depending on what I am working on at the specific time. That said, I always insist on working in a very quiet environment whether that be an empty floor in a room with a lot of light or a silent theatre stage. I’m inspired by various things. Landscapes, dreams I carry with me, random lyrics, pieces of music, people, watching theatre/films and books.

WHAT HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE?
I love to read. I find dancing to be a necessity in my life! Nothing better than going out with my friends to a really great club with a great DJ. Painting, doodling, taking long walks, listening to music for hours and meditating.

HOW ARE YOU GETTING LIT IN LONDON?
I am spending a lot of time in Shoreditch, hunting for good clothing deals, hours in art galleries because they are free and incredible!, digging in book shops and I am at the National Theatre looking through their plays on most days.

WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Unicorn. Definitely.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow

Photo Courtesy Of Noisey

 Marc Jacobs x George Clinton, SS17.