Along the River

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Awarradam - Village HAIR

Commewijne Bridge

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In Clouds

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Somewhere Peaceful

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The Man of Suriname

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Collection of Photographs taken while in Suriname, 2014
Series 1 of Research & Documentation

In 2014, traveling back to her native Surinamese roots to establish an on-going research and documentation project exploring the core of her identity in a country made up of 90% rainforest.
Along the journey, NVS was sent into the Amazon to visit Maroon villages and to the top of Suriname at Galibi beach with the Carib Indingeous tribe on a video and photo project commissioned from Surinamese Holistic Healer, Loraine Van Tuyl, PhD.

The Suriname Journal is does not end in 2014, Nicole Van Straatum is finding ways to further discover her heritage through personal and sourced experience, photography, writings, and interviews. Series 1 is only the first chapter of Nicole’s life-long voyage of cultural, historical, and individual understanding of being a second generation Surinamese-American.

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STRICKER is an Australian multi­ disciplinary Director, Photographer and Music Producer currently residing in Los Angeles and New York. Growing up in Australia whilst training as a Dancer and Musician throughout her adolescence, Stricker moved into studying film and photography at UTS Sydney, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Film and Bachelor of Arts.

Cara’s works have been published internationally including Nowness, Interview Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Vogue, I­D Magazine, NYT, 25 Magazine, Oyster Magazine, Fader, VS Magazine, Riot of Perfume, Russh Magazine and Rolling Stone, while collaborations include Chanel, Missoni, Mother NY, Alexander Wang, Parkwood Entertainment, See Pictures & Sol Films, Terrible Records, Debbie Harry, XL Records, Matte Projects, MiLK, GAP, Fools Gold, Vogue, EMI, Siberia Records and Modular Records.

Her work has been awarded and screened internationally including Vivid Festival Australia,Colarado Flexiff International Festival, Sydney International Animation Festival, Indie Spirit Film

Festival and Sugar Mountain Festival, including music performances as of late off her debut audio visual album produced with John Kirby self titled, DROOL, released on Terrible Records. Her most recent shows exhibited at the Hole NYC the last two consecutive years, including visual sound collaborations with Boots, Roger O’Donnell (the Cure). Throughout the past year, Stricker travelled and performed in Australia, LA and New York City.

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DROOL is an audio-visual album created by Cara Stricker, Australian born multi-disciplinary artist in photography, direction and music, and John Kirby, LA Born keyboardist, producer and songwriter best known for his work as part of Sébastien Tellier, Blood Orange, Kindness and Rodriguez.

Terrible Records released the audio-visual Album internationally in June of 2015, through limited edition cassette tapes providing individualised access to the album scored film, coinciding with a video clip, live performances and instillations throughout New York.

The female embodiment of DROOL is performed by Cara Stricker (vocals, guitar, keys), and Madeline O’Moore (keys, electronica), Kate Levitt (Percussion). Various collaborating musicians are invited for live performances.

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Chentertainement is the name under which Louise Chen organises parties & diffuses her perspective on music, art, film and culture at large.

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THIS ESSAY WAS WRITTEN IN RESPONSE TO MY IMAGE AND INSTAGRAM BEING EXHIBITED AND SOLD AS BEHALF OF RICHARD PRINCE’S “NEW PORTRAITS” EXHIBITION AT THE GARGOSIAN GALLERY IN NYC.
IT WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN ALL DAY EVERY DAY

IS WHAT WE ARE CREATING TODAY A RE-APPROPRIATION OF EVERYTHING BEFORE IT?

IT’S NOT ABOUT BREAKING THE RULES OR ‘FREE THE NIPPLE’, IT’S ABOUT HOW INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA HAVE ENABLED OUR ADDICTION TO COMMUNICATING WHILE QUIETLY TAKING OVER THE COPYRIGHT. YOUR LATEST EXHIBITION IS PERFECTLY THIS: RE-APPROPRIATING SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS APPROPRIATION OF OUR COPYRIGHT.

EVERY TIME WE USE INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK WE SIGN A WAIVER GIVING PERMISSION TO SELL OUR IMAGES, AND YOU HAVE BOTH EXPLOITED AND UNDERMINED THIS. I SUPPORT THIS COMMENTARY: NO ONE OWNS AN IDEA, AND YOUR WORKS STATE THIS IN BOLD. YOU GIVE NO EXPLANATION, ONLY AN INFRINGEMENT NOTICE:

“WHERE IN PLACE OF THE TYPICAL GALLERY EXPLANATION TO PROVIDE ANALYSIS OF THE SHOW, THERE IS ISSUED SIMPLY THE COMMENT, ‘ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT. GALLERY APPROVAL MUST BE GRANTED PRIOR TO REPRODUCTION.’”

AND THE WAY FORWARD: OUR GENERATION ACCEPTS APPROPRIATION AND BORROWING FROM ALL PASTS BECAUSE WE ACCEPT A FUTURE OF UNITY. “THE YES GENERATION”… HOW ELSE COULD WE MOVE FORWARD EXCEPT THROUGH THIS ACCEPTANCE AND THE FREEDOM IT GIVES US?

I CAN TAKE MY TOP OFF IN A NEW YORK GALLERY, IT IS LEGAL — ALTHOUGH IT’S DEFINITELY DIFFICULT TO FOCUS ON THAT AT THE SAME TIME AS TAKING A SELFIE OF A PORTRAIT OF A ‘SELFIE’ INTENDED FOR INSTAGRAM. WE WAVE OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY, SOMETIMES WITHOUT REALIZING, SOMETIMES VOLUNTARILY, SO WHAT IS OUR IDEAL PLATFORM? THE ONLINE SPACE IS A NEW SORT OF PALETTE FOR ARTISTS TO OFFER NEW PERSPECTIVES ON VOICE AND FREEDOM. ACCEPT AND BROADEN THE PLATFORM. CELEBRATE FELLOW ARTISTS AND LIVE AGAINST THE GRAIN.

TODAY I RECEIVED AN EMAIL ABOUT RE-APPROPRIATION — THAT WORKING WITH YOUR PEERS AND RE-APPROPRIATING YOURSELF WAS SIMPLY A MARKETING TOOL. IT MADE ME WANT TO RUN OUT THE WINDOW! I SEE OUR GENERATION AND OUR FIGHT FOR EQUALITY IN ALL THINGS AS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF THIS. WE SHOULD BE PUSHING AGAINST ALL BOUNDARIES, WHETHER INDUSTRY, GENDER, OR OTHERWISE. COLLABORATION AND STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, USING THE WAY THE WORLD AND INDUSTRY ARE SET UP IN ORDER TO CHANGE BOTH, CAN ONLY BE FRUITFUL AND A WAY TO FIND AND GIVE FREEDOM.

I BELIEVE IN ACTIVE WOMEN WHO TAKE CHARGE TO HEAL, LISTEN TO AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND MEN WHOM DO THE SAME, SUPPORTING EACH OTHER AND RESPECTING ONE ANOTHER ON AN EQUAL PLANE OF THOUGHT AND LIFE. INSTINCT SHOULD BE OUR GOAL, SO THAT THE ULTIMATE VERSION OF OURSELVES, WHOMEVER WE END UP BEING, THRIVES.

I HOPE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO USE THE TOOLS OF TODAY, TO SAY WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SAY AND SEE, ALLOWING THIS TO BE A PLATFORM FOR ART AND ALTERNATE VOICES, FREE OF JUDGMENT. YOU COMMENT ON A GENERATION WHO PHOTOGRAPH THEMSELVES AND FOCUS IN ON WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE. I SEE THIS BEHAVIOR AS THE ULTIMATE CONFIDENCE IN THE INDIVIDUAL, EVEN IF WE ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT, AND PERHAPS THIS IS OUR LESSON OF ACCEPTANCE. YOUR ART WRAPS THE COVER OF POP MAGAZINE, FLOWS THROUGHOUT THE GAGOSIAN AND IS CONSTANTLY BEING REWORKED, RE-APPROPRIATED, AND RE-CURATED ON INSTAGRAM. META!

THIS TYPE OF RAW, INSTINCTUAL REFLECTION OF THE WORLD’S WORKINGS ALLOWS PEOPLE TO REFLECT AND WORK TOWARDS BEING COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN, ALLOWING THEM TO THRIVE IN WHATEVER WAY THEY WILL. TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF NATURAL, RAW, SENSUAL IMAGERY ALLOWS US ALL TO SEE WHAT IS REAL, AND BE OK WITH THIS AS BOTH A FORM OF COMMUNICATION AND OF SEXUALITY. OUR PERCEPTIONS OF WHAT WE SHOULD LIKE AND BE LIKE ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING. WE SHAPE OUR PERCEPTION THROUGH VOICE AND CHOICE, AND THROUGH RE-APPROPRIATION, WHICH SHOULD BE, ON ALL FRONTS, ACCEPTED.

THIS IS WHY WE LOVE YOU, RICHARD PRINCE: FOR STATING THE OBVIOUS. BUT THEN AGAIN, WE DON’T GET COMMISSION .

CARA STRICKER, 2014

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STRICKER is an Australian multi­ disciplinary Director, Photographer and Music Producer currently residing in Los Angeles and New York. Growing up in Australia whilst training as a Dancer and Musician throughout her adolescence, Stricker moved into studying film and photography at UTS Sydney, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Film and Bachelor of Arts.

Cara’s works have been published internationally including Nowness, Interview Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Vogue, I­D Magazine, NYT, 25 Magazine, Oyster Magazine, Fader, VS Magazine, Riot of Perfume, Russh Magazine and Rolling Stone, while collaborations include Chanel, Missoni, Mother NY, Alexander Wang, Parkwood Entertainment, See Pictures & Sol Films, Terrible Records, Debbie Harry, XL Records, Matte Projects, MiLK, GAP, Fools Gold, Vogue, EMI, Siberia Records and Modular Records.

Her work has been awarded and screened internationally including Vivid Festival Australia,Colarado Flexiff International Festival, Sydney International Animation Festival, Indie Spirit Film

Festival and Sugar Mountain Festival, including music performances as of late off her debut audio visual album produced with John Kirby self titled, DROOL, released on Terrible Records. Her most recent shows exhibited at the Hole NYC the last two consecutive years, including visual sound collaborations with Boots, Roger O’Donnell (the Cure). Throughout the past year, Stricker travelled and performed in Australia, LA and New York City.

CARASTRICKER.COM
DROOLING.CO
@CARASTRICKER

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Diana Irvine in Manson’s Lost Girls

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Fun, fresh and irreverent, Naomi Shimada is a dynamic force who is fast becoming the voice of a generation. Her multi-faceted talents and unique beauty have seen her conquer the worlds of modelling and TV presenting and in only her twenties, she identifies as a global citizen has called countries as diverse as the USA, Japan, the United Kingdom and Spain home, giving her a unique perspective on the world. Naomi’s candid and frank depiction about her experiences as a model and the wider fashion industry has meant she has become a prolific voice in the body positive movement. As a self-described “healthy body image activist,” Naomi has a monthly column in InStyle UK that reaches 150,000 readers, in which she showcases style has nothing to do with size. She has been profiled by the likes of The Sunday Times, CNN, BBC, i-D and most recently, she graced the cover of The Observer magazine in which she discussed fashion’s prejudices towards plus-size models with acclaimed journalist Eva Wiseman. Her candid admirable and relatable approach to her career and those around her has seen amass a large social media following and now committed to shedding light to social causes close to her heart, Naomi wants to extend the dialogue even further. 2016 signals her move into documentary filmmaking and she is already in pre-production on her video series committed to social issues that affect women across the globe; from sexuality, motherhood, health to travel; subjects she sees as inextricably linked, and that will see her take her pioneering spirit and call for change to a global stage.

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