Tattoos, tans and techno: the photographers capturing the unseen Beirut

Ravers, semi-naked sun-worshippers, booming faggot culture we converge the photographers chronicling a new generation of Lebanese shaking off the damage of civil war ‘Parties are a privileged arrange, a space for journey, a age for fusion ,” says photographer C’est…

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Punk hellraiser Lydia Lunch: ‘I’m chronically misunderstood but I get off on it’

The runaway, singer and counter-culture icon is hitting 60 and is as incendiary as ever, touring and feelings against polluters and politicians in a rip-roaring book Lydia Lunch turned 60 this year, but senility has done little to dim this…

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Take me to the Boom Boom Room! Inside the risqu hotel for 24-hour party people

Americas raciest hotel chain has turned a boring British department block into an Austin Powers-style crash pad end with retro celebration, leftie library and rooftop bathtubs. Groovy baby! When the salesclerks of Camden’s routes department were issuing parking punishments from…

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‘Real’ violence: coming to grips with the ethics of virtual reality brutality

Two VR artworks at this years Dark Mofo ask the viewer to endure confronting pretendings. Are we complicit if they establish us a thrill? It’s morning, and the first thing that comes up in my Instagram feed is a picture…

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‘It’s extraordinarily powerful’: first trans monument comes to New York

Transgender activists Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are set to be honored close to the location of the Stonewall uprising of which they were a part of in 1969 Over the past year, New York has accompanied big changes…

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Sterile or stirring? Britain’s love-hate relationship with new towns

Paternalistic social engineering or make-Britain-great-again utopianism? A new archive film collection takes a look at the UKs contentious postwar towns ” People sometimes say to me,’ You must get a terrific kick out of having been responsible for a huge…

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Reframing Lee Krasner, the artist formerly known as Mrs Pollock

Lee Krasners gargantuan contribution to abstract expressionism was overshadowed for years by her husband, Jackson Pollocks work. Finally she is in the spotlight In the autumn of 1945, two craftsmen- not young, but not quite middle-aged, either- moved from New…

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The K-pop wannabes a photo essay

An guessed 1 million wannabe stars of K-pop, from South Korea, Japan and beyond, are hoping to get a taste of notoriety by playing in auditions for endowment business, which take over a hand-picked few as trainees Yuuka Hasumi kept…

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Hold on to your hard hats: New York’s $475m Shed throws open its doors

The escalators need fixing and theres no bar but the register must go on, as aces from Ben Whishaw to Steve McQueen open NYCs first major brand-new artworks venue for decades Ben Whishaw is on stage, deprived to his underwear….

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Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlife

They existed homophobia and Thatcher. But is gentrification now sounding the death knell for gay sororities and pubs? We assemble the artists combating to save them On a summer’s epoch in 2017, in garden-varieties near the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in…

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