The Calvert Journal has won the independent Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Prize’s award for promotion of art in the media, it was announced today. The Calvert Journal was one of seven other online media projects in the category, including Harper’s Bazaar Art, The Art Newspaper, Afisha Vozdukh, Garage Magazine, Art Guide, Around Art and Blouin Artinfo.
Hungarian film Son of Saul from director László Nemes has been selected for the Official Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, while films from Romania and Croatia have made it into the festival’s Competition and Certain Regard programme.
A line of special edition iPhone 6 handsets bearing the gilded image of 15th-century painter Andrei Rublev’s Holy Trinity is now on sale in Russia. The phones, made by luxury phone company Caviar, are on sale from 157,000 roubles ($3,128), and should be treated as a traditional icon, according to experts, who have advised users against swearing in the presence of the image.
Multimedia artist Taus Makhacheva opened her latest exhibition in London last night. Vababai Vadadai! is Makhacheva’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in London, featuring videos and performance conceived to reflect the numerous conceptual approaches to art which she explores. Bringing together strands of social anthropology research, the exhibition is centred around people and individual relationships with nature, in particular mountain landscapes which have great symbolic significance for the people of her native Dagestan.
Child 44, a film adaptation of a Tom Rob Smith novel about the search for a Soviet-era serial child killer, has been banned from screening in Russia after the Ministry of Culture accused the film of “distorting historical facts”. The film, which was due for release in Russia on 17 April, was pulled after the film’s Russian distribution company Central Partnership and the culture ministry jointly agreed that screening the film ahead of the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War) would be “impermissible”.
Contemporary knitwear brand Lana Siberie has launched its Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, Anicca. Inspired by the subject of impermanence, the collection uses found, recycled and readymade materials to bring environmental issues to the forefront of their designs. Patterned with geometric shapes, the collection was inspired by the traditional dress of cultural and religious groups, including Samurais, Geishas and Buddhist monks.
The latest Calvert Forum conference, an event dedicated to discussion of the developing creative industries in Russia and east European cities, took place in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, on Saturday. The sell-out event, which took place at Kazan's IT Park, gave international experts and local practitioners a platform to discuss the future of creative economy in Kazan and other regions.
Ukrainian conceptual wear brand DZHUS has launched a lookbook for its latest collection, Totalitariam. The collection comprises androgynous shapes influenced by the imposing architecture and monuments typical of the previous century's totalitarian societies. The predominant use of dark greys, blues and blacks combined with un-feminine shapes recreates the aesthetic of the stern, sexless proletarian heroine which came to dominate utopian ideology.
Internet memes using celebrities’ photographs have been banned in Russia as they “violate the legislation on personal data and discredit honour, dignity and the business reputation of public figures”, media watchdog Roskomandzor wrote on its VK account. The decision comes after a Moscow court ruled last week that a meme bearing the face of Russian singer Valery Syutkin violates his privacy.
Police in Perm have launched an investigation into graffiti depicting the cosmonaut Yury Gagarin crucified on the side of a building, Russian news agency Interfax reported. The image was graffitied onto the building by Perm resident Alexander Zhunev on Sunday 12 April, a day which coincided two Russian holidays — Easter and International Space Day.