Dreamlike depictions from a Prix Pictet winning photographer

“My work helps me understand life better and understand myself. It allows me to heal and grow as a human being, and to connect with others without having to talk,” explains Joana Choumali. The Ivorian photographic-textile artist depicts life in African cities with embroidery, creating dreamlike scenes that allow her work to comment on mental health, trauma, and hope through a comforting guise.

Born in 1974 and based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Choumali began experimenting with photography as a child. She has always used the medium as a meditative and intimate form…


Kari Molvar and the awakening of a new generation with no bounds

Human beautification is almost as old as society itself. Most contemplating the culture and commodity of human beautification would be forgiven for thinking that it is a phenomenon that rose to prominence with the mass-producing factories and printing presses of the Industrial Revolution. But the beauty business and cosmetics are not modern inventions, they were used in ancient Egyptian religious ceremonies and throughout the Roman epoch. The truth is that beauty gradually adapts to the civilization of the hour. Signs of progress were slow and gradual, but the…


Take a leaf from our book with Courier

For numerous brands born in the untamed age of the Internet, community building is a concept that hasn’t been restricted by geography. The road to longevity is paved with a brand’s ability and commitment to building a coterie around that vision or lifestyle. The importance of crafting a community has been raised to newfound heights in the unusual times of a pandemic.

“Share a bit of your personality, what you’re interested in, what the business stands for”

When Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian founded Reddit in 2005, they were the only ones…


This once monumental modernist dome has been transformed into a sensual space with living wildlife

When cyclist Klaus-Jürgen Grünke of the German Democratic Republic was awarded Gold at the Montréal 1976 Olympic Games, nobody inside the brutalist velodrome could have guessed that one day the venue would become a calming nucleus of biodiversity. Through a KANVA redesign, the concrete fortress of the Biodôme science museum now strikes a harmonious balance between architecture and a biosphere.

The structure was originally conceived by French architect Roger Taillibert to stage the Olympic Games. But the building also had to withstand the prolonged Québec…


A mystical ode to water

Society has a tendency to generalize a traditional gaze on what masculinity is through popular culture, but Denisse Ariana Pérez looks to lay bare new representations of male identity through visual narratives. “I think masculinity, just like femininity, is at its most powerful and beautiful when it allows itself to be flowing with different energies, not stifled and caged in dams,” she explains when reflecting on her latest project Agua.

“I feel like water brings out a very peculiar cocktail of feelings in people. It can evoke reflection, joy, escape, and hope,” muses the Caribbean-born…


Writer Kari Molvar takes a modern look at human beautification, culture, and fashion for the introduction of The New Beauty

“Beauty is not caused. It is,” American poet Emily Dickinson once said. Beauty has fascinated and confounded humans since our earliest days. Why does beauty exist, what defines it, why does it matter? In the natural world, evolutionary biologists have long surmised that aesthetics in animals are related to natural selection. Extravagant, brightly colored feathers signify a healthy immune system, well-defined muscles indicate brute strength to fight off predators. But more recently some biologists have taken a decidedly progressive stance…


Writer Abbye Churchill on why shared gardens are as important as ever in an increasingly urbanized world

Community gardens were designed to create a shared land resource. Most consider these spaces as we know them today to have originated with the practice of planting Victory Gardens during World War I and II in Canada, America, the United Kingdom, Germany, and across Europe. These vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens were created in private residences and public parks as a way to bolster the food supply during the lean times of war.

But community gardens predate all of this: for First Nations…


A resurgence in overgrown greenery is transforming modern buildings and cities, Evergreen Architecture explores how nature and humanity are finding more ways to live in harmony

Throughout much of civilization, architecture has been a medium that marries a residence with verdure and vegetation. One of the first and most notable examples of vertical gardens can be found in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which famously was more roof garden than green walls. In ancient Japan, techniques such as Shokusai (planting) were used to cover buildings with climbing plants and garden architecture. …


Writer Lauren L. Hill talks to one of America’s most accomplished surf documentarians

Sarah Lee’s first foray into underwater photography came at a high school swim meet. In her first year, she jumped into the pool with a borrowed camera and discovered a whole world of beauty and fluidity just below the surface. She witnessed the edges blur between bodies of water and found light and shadow play upon the skin in otherworldly ways.

“It allowed me to experience what was going on around me in a much richer way,” Lee remembers. “Ultimately, photography gave me a sense of contributing…


Writer Mónica R. Goya explores how a successful indoor farming model that was born in Kreuzberg is expanding worldwide

Infarm is a highly efficient vertical indoor farming company that deploys modular farming units inside supermarket aisles and restaurants to bring their fresh living produce closer to the final consumer. Their leafy greens and herbs are grown under artificial lighting hydroponically, meaning plants are cultivated following a soil-free method and fed on a blend of water and nutrient-rich solution. …

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