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I am Monika, call me Mon and I have various names, like most of us have complex identities of which some are visible, declared or stay hidden. I am honoured to be part of New Voices. I will give you my opinion on a series of arts events and very much welcome your replies...

Snakes & Ladders

21 October 2011


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I am tired, exhausted and totally alive. I am rehearsing like an obsessive for Snakes & Ladders. The play is about 3 sisters and family secrets!!!  It's also inspired by stories and memories collected by Positive Hair Day (PHD) project. The actors performing in it have also helped to devise the script and have contributed HAIRstories to the Positive Hair Day project. I just can not believe that I will be on stage on Friday 21st October at Sallis Benney and Saturday  22nd at the Basement...

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An Experiment

8 September 2011


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When I joined Sync South East it was the beginning of a tremendous journey. What I particularly valued was having space and time to develop a new frame of mind, exchanging and debating with my fellow artists and questioning assumptions about disability art. The journey was equally challenging and empowering. One of the final goals was the Pitch! showcase on 22 June 2011. It gave us the opportunity to deliver our artistic and professional practice to producers,...

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Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Masterpieces from The Gelman Collection

6 August 2011


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The three galleries showing Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s work were positively humming as I got my first taste of the work. The exhibition began with Rivera's ‘Ultima Hora - Last Hour’. Painted in 1911 in Paris it stood alone as an example of his early experiments with cubism in a room containing his portraiture and figurative painting. In relation to a lithograph of Kahlo nude, she says of Rivera: “He possesses extraordinarily good taste. He admires and appreciates...

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