Inlägg taggade: Art

11:57 3 Maj 2017

Hi all!

It’s such a treat to look around the internet these days, pictures and praises for Rih just about everywhere. Fenty is truly bringing us all together <3

For the past year I’ve also been working on something that I hope will contribute to bringing people together. I’m talking about ”Movements”, a collaboration between Cirkus Cirkör and Malmö Stadsteater for which I’ve written the script. Tilde Björfors is directing, music by Irya Gmeyner, scenography by Fanny Senocq and Fridjon Rafnsson, costume by Fridjon Rafnsson and on stage we have Helen Al-Janabi, Tom Ahlsell, Nedal Alsuoaf, Nasreen Al-Janabi Larsson, David Eriksson, Irya Gmeyner, Javid Heidari, Oldoz Javidi, Karin Lithman, Ibraheem Manaem, Ashtar Muallem and Johannes Wanselow.

Yes, wow, that’s a lot of names. And of course many more working behind the stage and all around. It’s insane how many people are involved in a process like this, each one as valuable as the other. The premiere is this Friday, May 5th, at Malmö Stadsteater.

Photo: Abed Naji

The performance starts out in parallel stories from refugees arriving to Malmö during the fall of 2015 and volunteers welcoming them. The stories are heard as individual voices, choirs and through the circus’ physical language and magic. It’s also a piece about how a closed border can challenge the solidarity between people and create a void which fear, distrust and division may grow in.

I’m hoping it will work as a gathering space to discuss the experiences our city has. We are so many who carry memories, wounds, love, trauma and strength from the situation that occurs when people move from one place to another, be it us, our parents, partners, friends, co-workers, neighbors or children who made the journey. We need to talk about that and how to practice solidarity and organize against the nationalistic forces marching through Europe (and the world), and I believe the theatre is a platform from which such a talk is possible on not just an intellectual but spiritual, emotional and moral level.

Photo: Emmalisa Pauly

It’s also super scary and a huge challenge. I’m scared of just about everything involving this process but am pushing myself to walk through it. No matter how close the subject is to my heart, how fragile it may be or how frightening it is to be facing my first major production post graduation – I’m doing it and keeping a RiRi attitude about the whole thing, staying unapologetic. As long as we all try, right? No matter how small we may feel, we all have to try and make things better. It’s moving too quickly in the other, very much hostile and excluding, direction. This is my way of contributing to the resistance.

Photo: Emmalisa Pauly


4:03 25 Apr 2017

It’s been a couple of wild days on social media, to say the least. It all started when Lupita Nyong’o saw this Tweet:

And replied with this message to Rihanna:

To which RiRi said:

Later explaining Pit’z is her nickname for Lupita…

Lupita got as happy as the rest of the world upon hearing this:

Next up was writer Issa Rae. As fans suggested she should be part of the project, she was quick to affirm she’s ON IT.

Rihanna’s funny ass didn’t waste a second to follow up on the third member of the fanfic production:

Last but not least, Ava DuVernay jumped on board as director of the movie. Glory:

Lionsgate tweeted about being ready to make a deal this very week and truth be told, there’s probably not a single person in the movie industry who wouldn’t want to be part of this set up. So please, PLEASE make it happen.

“Oh I’m definitely going to shoot my shot. This is an amazing opportunity and all credit to Black Twitter.”
Issa Rae in a statement to Vanity Fair

My absolut favorite part of this entire thing is that it’s FAN FICTION. It’s creatives sitting in front of their computer or on their phone fantasizing about their two fave’s starring in a movie together. And not just any movie but one where best friends Rihanna Fenty and Lupita Nyong’o scams white rich men together. It’s the full length Bitch Better Have My Money we’ve all been dreaming of!

3:34 25 Aug 2016

Latest in the growing list of creatives incorporating Rihanna into their work is REILLY, a Royal College of Art graduate and London based artist mostly known for his illustrations and graphic art. His piece entitled Rihanna (2015) will be part of the upcoming exhibition called ”RECASTING” at Cambridge University Museum of Classical Archaeology. The show which ”aims to provoke conversations between the classical tradition and the art of the present” will be open to the public September 5th – October 15th.


Much of REILLY‘s work is about deconstructing celebrities, myths, pop culture, art and fashion. A good example of what this might look like would be ”Hybreed”, a series in which portraits of celebrities are layered on top of each other. Or ”15 seconds”, ”Rollercoaster” and the 2015 series called ”Pieter”, in which the image of Rihanna and Aphrodite of Knidos was first seen alongside celebrities as Adele, Micheal Jackson, Obama and Amy Winehouse mutated into classic sculptures, paintings and each other. Much like Juan Sebastián Peláez and his mythical ewaipanomas, right?

I love to come across artists that, much like myself, has this fascination with celebrities (and specifically Rihanna). A scroll down at REILLY’s Instagram is such a treat.

What do you think of Rihanna hanging in yet a museum? I’d say for a 28 year old gal from Barbados, it’s pretty cool.

12:47 18 Aug 2016

Remember the giant RiRi on display in Berlin? On June 5th I wrote that ”maybe RiRi will stop by herself during her AWT show in Berlin on August 16? I can definitely see it happen.”. Well, yesterday my predictions came through, documented in an epic story on Rihanna’s snapchat.

Rihanna went to visit the Ewaipanoma made by #JuanSebastianPelaez for #BerlinBiennale #bb9.

A video posted by Loonin (@loonin) on

The day after her Berlin show Rihanna brought Jenn and Leandra to visit her boobs ”the biggest they’ll ever be” (quote RiRi) with the curators from DIS Magazine. Unfortunately the artist behind the piece – Juan Sebastián Peláez – is in Colombia and couldn’t witness the real Rihanna take on his giant onebut responded the only reasonable way when I asked how it felt to have her visiting his art work: ? ?


Rihanna posing in front of her giant past (ewaipanoma) self wearing Rihanna x Dior glasses and a blazer and mini skirt from VETEMENTS Spring 2016 collection.


Elegantly kissing your own ass is a skill everyone should aim to master.

From the archive:
Interview with Juan Sebastián Peláez.
Ewaipanoma (Rihanna) at Berlin Biennale.

The exhibition closes September 18 and is located at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art.

8:41 7 Jun 2016

We talked to Juan Sebastián Peláez, the artist behind the giant RiRi in Berlin, to get to know him and his work a little better. Happy reading!


Hi Juan! Congrats on the success with Ewaipanoma (Rihanna) at the Berlin Biennale! Can you tell us a little more about yourself and the piece?

Hi! I’m an artist currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. The piece was made for the Berlin Biennale. It’s about a myth of a monster that was supposed to have lived in the Americas long ago. When Christopher Columbus did his first voyage to the Americas he wrote on his logs that the ”ewaipanoma” people lived there, headless humanoid people. They made engravings that were later shown around Europe about how Americans looked like.

How did you develop that into the piece we can see at Berlin Biennale?

For this piece I got a series of pop icons that were born in the same places where they first traveled and did the process of making them look like they were supposed to have been 500 something years ago.

What other icons have you portrayed this way, besides Rihanna?

I’ve done Falcao, J-Lo, Sofia Vergara, Ariadna Gutierrez, Belinda and some more.

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Cardboard cutout standees.

And all can be seen in Berlin?

No. For the biennale we just made on huge RiRi.

There’s millions of pictures of Rihanna to choose from, how did you decide on which one to use?

I wanted one that was full figure cause it was gonna be a cutout. I didn’t want it to have like a cut side, you know what I mean? And I wanted to have visible tattoos to make her visible. So after trying a bunch of options we chose that one. But I made at least 8 more Riris.

What happened to the other Riris? Where are they?

In my computer <3

Since this is a Rihanna blog, I have to ask: are you a Rihanna fan?

Of course!

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us Juan! We love giant RiRi!


Ewaipanoma (Rihanna) can be seen at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art from June 4 ‘til September 18.

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