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15 August 2014

ART: MUMBAI

Ram Shergill: Kaleidoscope

Mumbai’s Tasveer gallery is showcasing Kaleidoscope this weekend, the first international exhibition from British fashion photographer Ram Shergill. Shergill’s lens normally focuses on illustrious personalities such as Dame Judi Dench and Naomi Campbell in theatrical portraits for fashion titles that we all know and love, as well as his own Drama magazine. But for this exhibition Shergill is looking closer at Mumbai – documenting Bollywood and Indian fashion. Shergill’s series of monochrome and colour photographs bring to life and reinvent opulently embroidered fashion collections provided by local designers such as Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla while blurring the lines between commercial photography and fine art.

Tasveer Gallery, ICIA , 22/26, K Dubhash Marg, Mumbai 400023. Open Monday to Saturday, 11.00-19.00. Until 25 August.
tasveerarts.com

PHOTOGRAPHY: DES MOINES/BRISBANE/VIENNA

The Ones we Love

Opening simultaneously in both Des Moines at the Viaduct Gallery, in Brisbane at the Künstler bookshop and also in Vienna this weekend, The Ones We Love showcases images of muses and loved ones that have been the inspiration of photographers from around the world. The exhibition features the work of more than 50 photographers including Montréal’s Alexi Hobbs and Vienna’s Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek, and this intimate body of work that turns the camera on the personal lives of photographers is also being released in print form as The Ones We Love Volume I, which visitors will be able to pick up at the events. If anybody wants to get even more personal, the show will also be visiting Vienna on 17 August at the studio space of one of its participants – Atelier de Koekkoek.

See website for individual showings across Des Moines, Brisbane and Vienna.
theoneswelove.net

ART: MELBOURNE

Melbourne Art Fair

Over the past 25 years the Melbourne Art Fair has annually showcased works from talented emerging and established artists. Until Sunday, the city will host an array of free public performances, exhibitions and talks, while at the Royal Exhibition Building more than 70 galleries will showcase works including the post-apocalyptic installations of Australia’s Simon Pericich and Conrad Botes’s politically fuelled pieces depicting life in South Africa. For the first time this year, the Melbourne Art Fair will also launch a pop-up restaurant named The Angry Penguin in homage to the Australian modernist movement that shook up the country’s art and literature scene during the 1940s.

Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton. Open Saturday,10.00-18.00; Sunday, 10.00-17.00. See website for further citywide venues.melbourneartfair.com.au

FILM: HAUGESUND

The Norwegian International Film Festival

From the midcentury classics of Ingmar Bergman to cult contemporary hits by Aki Kaurismäki, Nordic cinema always produces dramatically beautiful and colourful films. To celebrate the best of the latest crop of Norwegian and Scandinavian cinema, the Nordic film industry will gather this weekend in Haugesund for The Norwegian International Film Festival starting on Saturday. Opening the festival is Norwegian film Beatles directed by Danish filmmaker Peter Flinth. Set in 1968 and based on Norwegian author Lars Saabye Chistensen’s popular novel, it follows the boyish misadventures of four Beatles enthusiasts. From Denmark itself comes In Real Life and The Sunfish, while Finnish comedy will also be represented by Heart of a Lion and Raspberry Boat Refugee.

The Norwegian International Film Festival takes place at venues across Haugesund. Check website for details. Until 22 August.
filmfestivalen.no/english/

MUSIC: GLOBAL

Childhood: Lacuna

Childhood are Ben Romans-Hopcraft and Leo Dobsen, and Lacuna is the young London band’s remarkably confident first foray into the dreamy pop landscape. There are a million reference points that one could trip and stumble over on Lacuna, from its Beach House-style synth flourishes to the Jesus and Mary Chain fuzz that cocoons the whole album. But if you get caught up in those minor details, you’ll be kind of missing the bigger picture. Childhood have crafted a sound that’s as obvious as it is enjoyable – and that’s “very” on both counts. If you like your melodies huge, your swoons all-encompassing, and your bands to think big, then Childhood might be the ones for you. And imagine what they’ll be capable of when they’re all grown up.

‘Lacuna’ is available to buy now.
marathonartists.com/artist/childhood

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