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8 June 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY: MADRID

PHotoEspaña

Now in its 16th year, PHotoEspaña is on show at museums and galleries throughout Madrid for the next month. Showcasing the best of international images, videos and installations, this year’s theme is based around body politics, section, curated by Cuban curator and art critic Gerardo Mosquera, the festival explores the body’s communicative capacity. The featured works are varied, ranging from the dark, melancholy images of Lithuanian talent Violeta Bubelyeté and Fernando Brito’s photo-documentaries of Mexico’s violent culture, to classic images of the Kennedys from celebrated US photographer Mark Shaw.

On show at locations around the city, see website for details. Until 28 July.
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EXHIBITION: LONDON

Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality

Starting Saturday at the Victoria Miro Gallery in north London, Cinematic Visions is a collection of paintings looking at the relationship between photography and art. The works of 28 artists who have risen to prominence in the late 20th and early 21st century century are on show, including contributions from Yayoi Kusama, Chris Ofili and Cecily Brown. Visitors can expect a broad range of filmic depictions that blur the line between the silver screen and the painted canvas.

Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00-18.00. Until 3 August.
victoria-miro.com

FESTIVAL: TORONTO

Field Trip Music & Arts Festival

Toronto-based indie record label Arts & Crafts Productions celebrates 10 years of discovering some of the best Canadian music with the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival this Saturday, a one-day event held at Toronto’s historic Fort York. The line-up of talent includes Broken Social Scene, Feist and Stars among others, meaning that the city’s musical heritage will be taking centre stage. But festival organisers are also bringing art contributors and gourmet food to the fort, too.

For York and Garrison Common. Saturday 8 June, 12.00-23.00.
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EXHIBITION: PARIS

Otherness I Is Someone Else

Debuting this week at Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton is Otherness I Is Someone Else. Looking at concepts behind the construction of identities, works on show include Israeli artist Gil Yefman’s knitted anthropomorphic dolls, Iranian artist Reza Hazare’s expressionistic drawings and the stage costumes of performance artist Leigh Bowery. Classic photography such as Pierre Molinier’s self-portraits depicting himself in transvestite dress and Francesca Woodman’s floating images of seemingly fragmented bodies help define an exhibition with no easy answers to questions concerning our sense of self.

60 Rue de Bassano. Open Saturday 12.00-19.00 and Sunday 11.00-19.00. Until 15 September.
louisvuitton-espaceculturel.com

MUSIC: GLOBAL

Thundercat: Apocalypse

He might be named after a kids’ cartoon but there’s not much to laugh at in the impressive quality found on Thundercat’s (aka Stephen Bruner’s) second album, Apocalypse. The LA-based musician has had a chequered musical history, starting out in punk bands and coming from a family that includes renowned soul session players and Grammy-winning performers. But Bruner’s musical strength is in chilled, dance and hip-hop-style sampled beats and studio trickery, which means he’s found a friend and collaborator in fellow production wizard, Flying Lotus. Apocalypse achieves that rare quality of combining sincere and progressive sounds with accessible, fun songs. Hopefully Thundercat won’t be growing up any time soon.

Apocalypse is available to buy now.
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