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Awe and Intimacy: Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis

Photographer Sebastião Salgado will show you the world, and he wants you to care. The famed Brazilian photographer’s latest project, Genesis, is a celebration of the beauty and fragility of life on Earth. Two weeks ago, I went to the International Center of Photography in Manhattan with the Portuguese and...

Accidentally Preserved

This past year, a group of graduate students led by artist Mark Dion and Professor Steven Lubar created “The Jenks Society for Lost Museums.” The society has put together an exhibition that provides useful approaches to unraveling the university’s past. It reveals the fragility of preservation and the importance of...

Take the 6 Train, Get Off At Canal

Chinatown is the swampiest corner of Manhattan. The crooked alleys filled with hot steam from sizzling food stands. A family of six squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder on a sidewalk with red-plastic-bagged groceries in their hands. Ill-paced delivery bicycles, teenage boys with gold chains and skateboards, men in button-ups holding paper takeout boxes...

Eat, Sleep, Hike, Repeat

With each step the air became cooler, cleaner, and crisper. Les Chapieux, the little mountain town we left that morning, was now 2,000 feet below us, a distant memory after three straight hours of uphill hiking. We still had another 1,000 feet or so before reached the pass, finally putting...

Can Divergences become Dialogues? A Reflection on the Hong Kong Protests

“The pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong would seem to have universal appeal — a David and Goliath tale starring young idealists, polite and considerate in their defiance, standing up to a mighty authoritarian government with a history of mercilessly crushing dissent.” This is the beginning of a typical English-language article about the...

Flowing Stories: China’s Women Directors

On October 4th, 5th, and 6th, Brown hosted the second Chinese Women’s Documentary Film Festival and Symposium: a three-day-long celebration of female filmmakers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. During those three days, a total of nine films were screened, with topics ranging from Taiwan’s matchmaking culture to the...

Kerala, India: Photo Guide

When tourists think of India, they usually conjure up images of pilgrims bathing in the river Ganga, or ancient forts and Mughal palaces rising up almost mirage-like from the depths of the Thar Desert. Only handfuls are aware of the other parts of India that also offer a rich cultural...

Art Series: Providence in the Fall

This is how we know it’s fall in Providence. An apple core, in a slick alley, a slice of light. On one side, wood painted black — the Christian Science reading room. On the other, pink brick, stained by sun, and the clean glass of the Providence Arcade. On and...

Marrakech: A Feast for the Senses

When most people hear “Morocco,” the first things that come to mind are palm trees, orange blossoms, camels, and belly dancers against a backdrop straight out of the Arabian Nights. This oriental depiction is inspired by a Western fascination with the city of Marrakech that dates back to the Middle...

Discovering Catalonia’s Barcelona

La Fira is crowded with hot, sweaty Catalan bodies, dancing effortlessly to the Spanish music. He takes my hand in his, presses his other hand on my back, and pulls me closer. I didn’t know his name, but he was attractive and Catalan and he could dance, and for now,...