Claiming a new place on Earth, Spectres of Modernism, Rupi Kaur & Yaeji (B+A Bulletin #109)

Claiming a new place on Earth, Spectres of Modernism, Rupi Kaur & Yaeji (B+A Bulletin #109)

Hello, hi!


We’re hoping this week has been a juicy one for ya.
Tamika is in Shanghai, with no Wi-Fi.

So this week you’ve got me, Andre,

your best mate.
…Bulletin #109

Let me fill you in.


B+A Brilliance

On her way to pick up some stationary for a workshop, Tamika stumbled across this exhibition at Protein Studios in collaboration with Ikea and Breaking Barriers – a charity which helps refugees find meaningful employment. Through the combination of interviews and photography Caroline Irby and Veronique Mistiaen have recorded the journey of 10 refugees and asylum seekers aged 18-24, who arrived in the UK as children and have become adults here. They talk about the hurdles and challenges they are facing, as well as their aspirations for the future. At a time when immigration is an especially loaded topic, hear directly from the people trying to secure a place to call home.

B+A Big Up

Here’s another example of artistic brilliance in a time of political shakiness. Jeremy Deller, Elizabeth Price and Tom McCarthy and a bundle of other artists collaborated to launch Spectres of Modernism, an installation of art banners used to protest against the ‘overdevelopment’ of Est London. Their banners are brilliantly hung from the balconies of flats in Bowater House directly opposite The Denizen, Taylor Wimpey’s planned luxury apartment block in East London. Have at look these banners, they’re ace.

B+A Books

‘i stand

on the sacrifices

of a million women before me


what can i do

to make this mountain taller

so the women after me

can see farther’

— Rupi Kaur


Rupi Kaur is a special kind of poet. Her last book ‘Milk and Honey’ was a New York Times bestseller for a reason. Deeply heartfelt. Astonishingly nuanced. Her new book ‘The Sun and her Flowers’ was released earlier this month and is just as excellent. Recommended reading for anyone in need of ‘literature for the soul’.

B+A Babble

Looking for new music for your weekly playlist? We’ve got you sorted. We recently came across Yaeji, a New York x Seoul producer/singer. Her latest single ‘Drink I’m Sippin On’ has a catchiness that is almost hypnotising. Quite frankly, Yaeji moves with the type of swagger that I haven’t seen in quite some time. Watch the video for proof. Keep an eye out. Thank us later.


B+A Bye…

Happiness is overrated. Contentment is where it’s at. Think about it.

See you next week.
Team B+A x