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"It’s a Picture Telling a Story" | Charlie Roberts

“I didn't grow up with abstract or conceptual art or anything like that. So, like for me, the root is really about storytelling.” American artist Charlie Roberts is known for his intimate figurative paintings, which depict the complexities and nuances of modern life in bright colors and intricate detail. To Roberts, painting is, first and foremost, narrative. Growing up in a small town in Kansas, Roberts recalls a mural in the local post office depicting workers in the fields. Discussing the evolution of figurative painting, Roberts notes its recent shift from nostalgia to contemporary relevance. He draws inspiration from the specificity and anti-nostalgic nature of rap music: “Rap music is specific and it's obsessed with dating itself and it's obsessed with referencing. It's like anti-nostalgic. And I think that is so potent for me.” Roberts' works often celebrate and critique modern life, reflecting personal insecurities and the complex interplay of consumer culture. This includes a fascination with finance and modern societal structures, incorporating these themes into his art with a critical yet appreciative lens. Charlie Roberts was born and raised in Kansas, United States. He graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada, in 2005. He is known for collecting and sampling elements from contemporary pop culture and hip-hop to art history in his praxis, which spans wood carving, ceramics, painting on canvas, and watercolor on paper. Roberts currently lives and works in Oslo, Norway. Christian Lund interviewed Charlie Roberts in Roberts’ studio in Oslo, Norway, in 2022. Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard Edited by: Nanna Rebekka Produced by: Christian Lund

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MAFF makes sustainable shopping accessible

We had a showroom sale on the streets of Orchard & Hester. PLASTIC IS THE COMMON ENEMY.

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Aboudia

Ahead of a dedicated online sale, the acclaimed Ivorian artist discusses the ideas behind his distinctive work and its links to the African street children who find escape through graffiti. A painter and craftsman, the Cote d'Ivoire-born artist Aboudia speaks with us about his creative process (many of his works incorporate materials found in Abidjan and NYC) and the importance of including children in his art. ‘It’s possible to grow up on the street and become someone.' — Aboudia

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Death of the Follower & the Future of Creativity with Jack Conte

Patreon CEO Jack Conte explains how the current internet algorithms are killing the traditional "follower" for creators, threatening their creative freedom and livelihoods. The internet started as a platform that democratized creative distribution. You could upload your work to platforms like YouTube and immediately have it accessible to millions of people. After that came the "subscribe" button, which enabled creators to go beyond reach. Now they could build a following and find their true fans that would support them to build a creative business. But with the rise of platform-focused algorithms (Facebook's ranking, TikTok's "for you" curation), creators cannot reach their following and true fans. This shift has had a devastating impact on creators' creativity and ability to support themselves doing what they love. He advocates for the new spaces on the internet (like Patreon) where creators can always connect with their communities, create what they want, and control their own destinies.

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Christelle Kocher of KOCHÉ | MAFF Artist Spotlight

KOCHÉ is a fashion brand established in Paris by Christelle Kocher in 2015. KOCHÉ is on a mission to push values of openness in fashion: diversity & inclusion of genders, body shapes, materials used, social and geographical origins.. moreover, KOCHÉ DNA is based on elevated craft know-how.

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MAFF chat — Nana Nyahan 🇬🇭

Ring rring it’s #MAFFchat featuring fam across the 🌍 Dialing in with #nananyahan based in Accra, Ghana. Using a myriad of contrasting colors and textures, Nana takes her viewers on a psychotropic journey drawing inspiration from her relationships, pain, sadness, and experiences of intimacy. Nyahan creates a utopian reality for both her and her viewers; an instant escape from the day to day noise.

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Domingo Colman | MAFF Tour Uruguay 🇺🇾

Helping a homeless dog lead us into discovering a hidden Uruguayan legend. 🇺🇾❤️‍🔥 We love you Blue. Producer @milagrosbrasco Not possible without: @arielmeilich Organic house queen @mai_berg Return of the dogs @aiam___maia @aguabrota @doctorawild bong @nathaquer shelter @juampi.boa for the jams @leapedranzini for printing Art @chiara.baccanelli @gustavojauge @made.uy art @facundo.diazz @flordepalleja @estudiodelespacio @milagrosbrasco @azulgattas @piligomensoro shelter Food & vibes @panaderiaji @rizoma.lajuanita @almacencasadealimentos @protectoradeanimalesmaldonado

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Nicer Tuesdays: Ines Alpha

Joining us from Paris, Ines Alpha works with AR and 3D renders to reflect on our ever-increasing need to express ourselves. Here, she explains how she developed this unique practice, providing some insight into how she applies this to commercial projects for the likes of Selfridges, Charli XCX and Nike. Nicer Tuesdays is a monthly event curated by It’s Nice That bringing together a selection of speakers for short, sharp insights on new and timely projects.

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Canal Once: SAVE THE DOGS IN URUGUAY CREW

With the community recognizing local artists while saving homeless animals.

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Pierre Huyghe on "Liminal", Punta della Dogana

“Magic is the science of signs. Signs are an interplay of symbols. In this respect yes I believe in symbols.” Pierre Huyghe is a French artist who works in a variety of media from films and sculptures to public interventions and living systems.

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Vivian Suter

Vivian Suter was born in Buenos Aires in 1949. He has painted in Basel, Vienna, Africa, Bern, Rome and Panajachel and has lived in Panajachel, Guatemala since 1982. Panajachel Traveling through North and Central America in 1982, Vivian Suter arrived in Panajachel - a town on the shores of Lake Atitlán - and remained there, forming her home on land on an old coffee plantation. Since the beginning of the 80s, most of his artistic work has been created from this scenario, and many of his works have become part of it. The gravels, along with the aguacatales and mango trees, which were originally planted to protect the coffee plantations, provide the shade area throughout the year. A steep path, in which the bleachers are mixed with the sidewalk of the mountain, leads to the study of Vivian Suter, from which you can see above the tips of the trees, the town of Panajachel with its lake and its volcanoes. The art that is born here is about the wind, the volcanoes and the vastness and clarity of this tropical landscape. Under the shadow of the coffee plantation, there is a second study. The view between the gablets reaches only the leaves of the dense banana plants that grow in front of the house. This is where the foreground works are created: the recurring motif of the forbidden fruit, the look on oneself or fixed on the interior.

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Otay:Onii | MAFF Tour Shanghai (Episode 2)

"Lost is an illusion. Open your hands, you'll realize you have everything." Otay:onii (Lane Shi) is a multifaceted artist originally from Haining, China. Her artistic practice spans across music, sound design, installation art, and film composition. She is the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the punk spit band Elizabeth Colour Wheel (US). Lane's voice is like an ancient call, sometimes beckoning the soul, and at other times, piercing the listener like lightning. Lane came to the U.S. at a young age when she still needed parental accompaniment, living as an immigrant with a dual cultural background. This marginalized, non-mainstream existence makes her voice transcend cultures and languages. She wrote, "My task is to solve a puzzle with another puzzle that can't be seen, be touched, but to feel."

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"Good design has to have good values." | Designer Stine Goya

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"I wanted to get people to feel that they could express individuality." Immerse yourself into the colourful and expressive world of Danish designer Stine Goya. Stine Goya has been making clothes for herself and others for as long as she can remember: "When I was a child, I was extremely shy. As far as I can think back, I was spending most of my time by my sewing machine." By creating playful clothing, she found a way to express herself and her individuality regardless of her shyness. "It was very expressive, super colourful. Sometimes I think that it actually didn't really suit me," she says and continues: "It was almost like an unconscious thing for me when I was a child. That I could get a little bit out there by dressing in these crazy colours." Experience the power and strength clothes could provide her, she sought to create a brand that would help people express themselves: "I wanted to get people to feel that they could express individuality." Goya had noticed that many people dress to hide their insecurities, but "I wanted to do the opposite," she explains. Stine Goya's biggest inspiration is, without a doubt, colour. Seeing the designer in her studio, finding a piece of clothing or even a surface without colour, is challenging. Goya explains: "I like to explore colour. It's beauty and how it resonates with us. Colour is universal, but it's also very personal," and continues: "For some people, it might be sharp with edges, but for me, it's very subtle, tender and almost like a meditation in a way." "Good design can be many things, but for me, it's also been about having a red thread in what you're doing." Despite working with an extensive design team at her studio in Central Copenhagen, staying true to who and what you are is ever-present in Stine Goya's design process. For her, it's also crucial that people can relate to the values behind the brand: "Good design has to have some good values as well." In 2025 Stine Goya and her team want to have an entire collection made exclusively with responsible fabrics. "I think the designers' role in society now has changed, and I believe that we all have to think differently in the way we put clothes into the world." Changing how clothes are made is not an easy task, but Stine Goya sees this as an excellent challenge: "I don't feel like I have to compromise on anything." Stine Goya (b. 1979) is a Danish fashion designer. She graduated from one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the world, Central Saint Martins, back in 2005. Goya started as a model, later worked as a stylist and as an editor for a Danish fashion magazine. Stine Goya launched her brand in 2006 and made her debut as a fashion designer at Copenhagen Fashion Week in 2007. Her designs are known to be playfully cut, colourful and for their artistic prints. In 2011 she won Danish Fashion Designer of the Year at Danish Fashion Awards. She won the Elle Style Awards Brand prize in 2017. Stine Goya was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen in October 2021 at her studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Camera: Simon Wehye and Rasmus Quistgaard Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Copyright: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2021

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