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Teddy Terrorizes

Dioniso Punk

It seems this world has definitively lost any trace of our original innocence and tenderness, so nothing is safe anymore and everything conceals a risk. According to Getty Images, even Teddy isn’t always so sweet.

Kind of like many horror authors, the photo agency curated a list of stock photos featuring various beloved toy bears in situations ranging from shocking to bizarre to downright disturbing. Can your childhood bear being destroyed yet again?

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Victorian Giants

Dioniso Punk

Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll are the guest stars of a fascinating exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London next spring, together with other three of the most celebrated figures in art photography: Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander, and Clementina Hawarden. These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era. Their experimental approach to picture-making and radical attitudes towards photography have informed artistic practice ever since.

Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the exhibition will include loans from the Royal Collection, the V&A and Tate, as well the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and other museums in Sweden and Germany. Fragile images rarely displayed because the prints and negatives are so vulnerable to light damage.

Lewis Carroll’s portraits of Alice Liddell, the real model…

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Disasterland

Dioniso Punk

Through his family-unfriendly paintings of Cinderella in a meat dress or Jasmine and Belle making out and the Queen from Snow White snorting cocaine, José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, from Mexico, just seeks to highlight the striking contrast between our ideals and our realities: I think it’s time to stop being afraid and to speak without hesitation about certain taboo subjects.

But, as opposed as it might seem, Rodolfo has utmost respect for the artistry of Disney cartoons, since served as his “first visual school”: It was very stimulating. The colorful landscapes, the stylization of the characters and the amazing animation inspired me. Disasterland — from a past exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles — is his tribute to pop culture, fashion, animation, horror films and the undeniable attraction of celebrity.

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Hate Thy Brother

Dioniso Punk

As one of the most significant events of “the Troubles” — an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century — because a large number of civilian citizens were killed, by forces of the state, in full view of the public and the press, Bloody Sunday was celebrated from 1972 to today by artists like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, U2, Roy Harper, Black Sabbath, Thomas Kinsella and many others. It’s an event recalled every year through memorials and marches and that still has the potential to divide Northern Ireland’s fractious politicians. Even though many soldiers never fired a shot, the cloud of anxiety still hangs heavy on their lives. Someone has suffered depression and years of worry: “we served our country and have been abandoned”.

26 people were shot by the paratroopers, 13 died on the day and another died four months later. One of these was…

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