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MAFF makes sustainable shopping acessible

We are throwing a sustainable showroom sale this Saturday on Orchard & Hester. See you there.

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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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MAFF chat — Wallen Diaz

Dialing in with Wallen Diaz. Originally from the Dominican Republic now based in Brussels, Wallen Diaz started out with plastic arts before pivoting into graphic design. Influenced by 90s and y2k album art, Diaz blends the abstract and figurative worlds of fashion, nostalgia & fantasy to create an aesthetic he calls “NeoDigitalism”. We’re hooked to say the least.

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"The honest picture will always be a good picture." | Olav Christopher Jenssen

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“My pictures are about something that's touched me,” says Norway’s great painter Olav Christopher Jenssen, who shows us around his studio and speaks about the inspiration behind his work. ”Painting fascinates me for several reasons. The circumstances of painting are quite clear. You can define a painting on a simple basis. The acceptance of these limits also defines the possibilities. Some pictures are good because they're honest while they're unfinished. But the honest picture will always be a good picture,” says Olav Christopher Jenssen, who built his studio in an old school in rural southern Sweden, where he spends most of his time with his family. Olav Christopher Jenssen (b. 1954 in Sortland, Norway) is a Norwegian artist who lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and Lya, Sweden. He studied at the National Arts and Crafts School in Oslo (1976-79) and the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Norway (1980-81). From 1996-2006 he was Professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, and in 2007 he was appointed Professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig. Recent major solo exhibitions include Astrup Fearnley Museum, Norway (2019) KIASMA, Finland (2010), Kunstmuseum Brandts, Denmark (2009) and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2003). Jenssen also participated in documenta 9 (1992). He is represented in several significant public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, USA, Moderna Museet, Sweden, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Norway, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark, Centre Pompidou, France, Kunstmuseum Bonn, and The National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design in Oslo, Norway. Olav Christopher Jenssen was interviewed by Christian Lund in his studio in Lya, Sweden, in January 2022.

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