International Women’s Day, Tree of Codes, Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?, Born n Bread & Rich Mix (B+A Bulletin #75)

Oh hey there folks. Hope you’re all good, loving life, drinking water and eating your greens.

Ben and Andrew are in snowy PDX this week, whilst the rest of the crew are holding down the fort in LDN town. We’re eating cake and drinking champagne on a Wednesday afternoon, whilst waving bon voyage to Kate Blumer at BETC, the inventor of ‘get shit done’.

Happy International Women’s Day & welcome to B+A Bulletin #75 innit…

B+A Brilliance

Sometimes you hear of a collaboration that sounds good to be true. When you hear that Sadler’s Wells is putting on a ballet choreographed by Wayne McGregor with visual concept by Olafur Eliasson and music by Jamie xx AND it’s based on a book by Jonathan Safran Foer, you beg, steal or borrow to get a ticket and cross your fingers that it is everything you hope it could be. Jenny went on Saturday night and can report it was sublime. Unfortunately, all tickets are sold out (boo) but…

1. Here’s a clip to whet your appetite

2. Here‘s an interview with prima ballerina, Marie-Agnès Gillot. She’s a powerhouse.

B+A Books etc.  

Economist, Adam Smith was able to write ‘The Wealth of Nations‘ because he lived with his mama who cooked, cleaned and cared for him every day of his life. The question Katherine Marcal asks in ‘Who cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner’, is would society benefit if this work was a) valued and respected  b) paid?

This is a story about economics and women, written with wit, clarity and empathy. The Equal Pay Act came into force nearly 50 years ago and despite this women still earn less than men. True stories. According to the Guardian, today for every dollar a white man is paid, white women are paid 81 cents, black women 65 cents, and Hispanic women 58 cents.

Katrine Marcal: “So far, only half of the feminist revolution has happened. The second half begins when economic man is waved off from the platform. We need to build an economy and a society with room for a greater spectrum of what it means to be a human.” 

B+A Big Up 

Andre had a chat with Born n Bread the other day. They are not a collective, or at least they avoid calling themselves that – they are a group of 5 friends who live in Peckham and create things for the fun of it. Together, they have hosted parties, published zines and host a bi-weekly radio show with NTS. We’ve got a copy of their zine titled ‘African Tales’. It. Is. Sick. We especially love Aunty Shade’s advice (as in the image above). Buy their work here.

B+A Babble

Whilst speaking to a young photographer for a project, she told us of a time she was approached by a guy in a bar who asked for her number. She said yes, on one condition – “name 5 artists who are women first.” He flopped the task, hard. This question should be easier for everyone to answer than it is. But hey, look, ‘Multitudes’ is an exhibition on at Rich Mix, its free, and its bursting with talented artists. These artists’ names are Héla Ammar, Arwa Al Neami, Houda Ghorbel, Izdehar Afyouni and Nour Amas. Hashtag yassss.

Multitudes (as part of the Arab Women Artists Now Festival)

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

Until April 1st

B+A Bye…

Unsolicited advice time: we reckon today (or any other day for that matter) you should welllll text/ call/ tell the girls & women in your lives to let them know exactly why they’re badass.

Love, team B+A x