Drum majorettes of Cape Town – a photo essay

Dr Van Der Ross primary school is located in one of the poorest areas of Cape Town, where gangs and drugs are everywhere. But the school’s drum majorettes’ team is thriving and winning. Photographer Alice Mann photographed the team and spoke with their coach Morisha Prince.

Drum majorettes or “drummies”, first appeared in the 1970s with marching girls performing in street parades. Today, in many South African schools it is a competitive sport.

While there have been debates around the notions of femininity the sport represents, in Dr Van Der Ross primary school, Cape Town, Drummies is a vehicle through which the girls they can excel in difficult circumstances. This is part of my work, exploring notions of femininity and empowerment in modern society.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/10/drum-majorettes-of-cape-town-a-photo-essay?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Yahoo_Mail


Exhibition | Animals: Respect, Harmony, Subjugation

Animals: Respect, Harmony, Subjugation
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, 3 November 2017 — 4 March 2018

Animals are a frequent subject of debate these days. Do they have a soul? How much do they suffer? Are we under any obligation to protect their individuality by granting them rights? Are human beings morally authorized to do as they want with animals, to consume them, rob them of their freedom and train them for the purposes of entertainment? Scientific discussion takes the relationship between animal and human being very seriously. In the everyday life of our consumption-oriented society, on the other hand, that relationship oscillates between unreflecting exploitation and sentimental anthropomorphization. Against the background of these contrasts, the exhibition Animals at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg has been geared primarily towards informing visitors and sensitizing them to ways and means of respectful co-existence. With a view to the visual and applied arts but also to science, the show undertakes to re-evaluate the common history of man and animal from the perspective of a wide range of epochs, cultures and media. Loans from museums as well as natural history and ethnology-oriented institutions of Germany and the world will enhance the objects from the MKG’s own abundant and diverse collection. The chief focus is on works of the visual arts in which the interaction between animal and man gives rise to something altogether new. So-called thematic islands unite creations of high culture with those from popular contexts, while also integrating examples from indigenous cultures and natural history. The exhibition features some 200 objects dating from antiquity to the present, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, video art, large-scale installations and films. In addition to the 1,200 square metres exhibition there are 14 satellite locations throughout the entire museum that focus on animals. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Hirmer Verlag.

Read more: https://enfilade18thc.com/2017/11/10/exhibition-animals-respect-harmony-subjugation/

Muriel’s Wedding is a feminist masterpiece and more relevant than ever

A screengrab from the film Muriel’s Wedding

Muriel and Rhonda rescue themselves and each other – and it’s a much sweeter salvation than any paint-by-number romcom. Photograph: Muriel’s Wedding/Miramax

How would you classify Muriel’s Wedding? The “romantic comedy” genre is one I love and respect, but it’s a little inadequate to describe a movie as rich and complex as this. After all, how many romcoms result in the heroine rejecting the once-pined-for love interest and deciding instead that the most important person in her life is her female best friend?

No, Muriel’s Wedding isn’t a frisky romcom; or a dramedy that’s equal parts hilarious and harrowing; or a moving account of female friendship. It’s not just an artefact of a time when Aussie indies were charming the world with “quirky” tales of “oddballs” and “weirdos”, or an adorably kitsch snapshot of Australiana. It’s all this and more: a searing document of Australian life referencing the injuries of gender, class, disability, abuse, corruption and the regional divide.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/nov/13/muriels-wedding-is-a-feminist-masterpiece-and-more-relevant-than-ever?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Yahoo_Mail


Akshay Kumar: Toilet isn’t a dirty word – my latest film made me love the loo

We need to change our minds about toilets. A woman from a small village in rural India, Anita Narre, shocked the nation when she left her husband two days after her wedding. But it wasn’t the speed of her decision that caused the astonishment; it was the reason. Outraged that her new home lacked a toilet, Narre refused to return until her husband built her one. Her story, which inspired my latest film, cuts to the very heart of one of the biggest crises facing my country today.

It wasn’t until I met Narre and other women like her that I understood the true scale of the issue. During my research for the film, I found out that half of India’s population – 564 million people – defecate in the open because they lack access to a toilet. But I didn’t know what this means for millions of women across the country. I had no idea about the fear these women experience every single time nature calls, or that so many women face assault and rape while going to the toilet outdoors.

Akshay Kumar in the Hindi film Toilet

Akshay Kumar on the set of the Hindi film Toilet. Photograph: Ravi Kachhawa

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/nov/13/akshay-kumar-toilet-isnt-a-dirty-word-my-latest-film-made-me-love-the-loo?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Yahoo_Mail


Primatologist Jane Goodall: ‘Tarzan married the wrong Jane’

The 83-year-old chimpanzee expert has been the subject of more than 40 films. Ahead of the release of the latest, Jane, she explains how she went from ‘dreaming a man’s dreams’ to living her own

Growing up in Britain during the second world war, Jane Goodall was often told her dreams were just that – fantasy, unrealistic, unachievable: “I had read Tarzan and fallen in love, although he married the wrong Jane, the wretched man,” she jokes. “I wanted to live with wild animals and write books about them. But people would say: ‘How can you do that? Africa is far away, we don’t know much about it. You don’t have any money in your family. You’re just a girl.’”

Now, at 83, the celebrated British primatologist tours the world, never stopping anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time, giving sold-out lectures on what she has learned over five decades of chimp study in Tanzania.

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