Oh! That Bitter Joy: Michaël Borremans’ ‘As sweet as it gets’ at Tel Aviv Museum of Art
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Oh! That Bitter Joy: Michaël Borremans’ ‘As sweet as it gets’ at Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Calmly disguised and eerily blurred, the paintings of the Belgian artist Michaël Borremans thrill viewers with their abstract narratives. Borremans’ is an unconventional way of abstraction that emerges from the narrative instead of the technique. Familiar agents, in some cases adult men or women and sometimes children and animals, are positioned in alien tales of ambiguity. … Continue reading

Where the Body and the Mind Are: A Look at ‘In Exile’ at Istanbul’s Space Debris
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Where the Body and the Mind Are: A Look at ‘In Exile’ at Istanbul’s Space Debris

Salman Rushdie describes exile as a dream of glorious return, stating that exile is a vision of revolution in his controversial book The Satanic Verses. Rushdie also adds that exile always has the same paradox of looking forward by looking back. Marcel Duchamp’s escape from Nazi-occupied France in 1935 led Duchamp create La Boite en … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in the Deep Deep South: A Look at ‘Small Town Gay Bar’
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Once Upon a Time in the Deep Deep South: A Look at ‘Small Town Gay Bar’

Needless to say, the city makes us people spoiled. The abundance of possibilities and limitlessness of the outreach perpetuate a lifestyle centered around endless shuffling and seeking the ‘newer’, ‘the prettier’ or simply ‘the better’. Small Town Gay Bar, Malcolm Imgram’s 2006 documentary about two gay bars in deep deep Mississippi serves as a reminder of how not every dish is served with the same ease and hospitality to everyone’s plates. Continue reading

Excuse-moi, Can I Have a Bite?: A Look at ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’
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Excuse-moi, Can I Have a Bite?: A Look at ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

“I blame Shelley and Stoker,” says Eve, one of the main vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive. Eerie and existentialist can be perfectly convenient for defining Jim Jarmusch’s cinema. Since his major feature film Stranger Than Paradise, he has been keeping his auteur soul with a filmography dedicated to character development, atmosphere orchestration and visual … Continue reading

On ‘Strangers By the Lake’ and Its Never Coming Resolution
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On ‘Strangers By the Lake’ and Its Never Coming Resolution

Movie goers lately have left the theaters with question marks in their minds. Endless discussions on the way to post-movie dinners or on the F train about ‘so did she or didn’t she‘ have kept on going until eternity. Besides considerably more experimental foreign films such as 2011’s A Separation from Iran or Israel’s 2012 … Continue reading