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Where The Leaves Fall focus with their latest issue on extinction – from extraordinary picture essay on the floods in Bangladesh to efforts to save the world’s wild coffee species, many of which are at risk of extinction to how some plants, surviving the worst manmade disasters, can offer an alternative model for living in the face of the environmental crisis.⁠ Buy

Out of Nowhere is an expression that sums up my approach to photography. This passion fell on me in 2015, came out of nowhere. This first book also comes out of the blue, born from a sudden desire to put my life on paper and to share bits and bobs from my life. Just like wanting to leave my own mark, leaving something behind to trace back the time in a few years which I hope will be filled with images, anecdotes and memories. In this book the pictures have no chronology or link amongst each other.Their only purpose is to make you escape your day to day life and take a sneak peak into my World.

“On a global average, women will spend ten years of their lives performing unpaid care & domestic labour, compared to men’s four years.” (UN Women, 2020) In our society, we tend to praise men for performing any task that is culturally perceived as feminine. We award them for taking parental leave, invite them to talk shows for braiding their daughter’s hair, write enthusiastic articles about them baking a cake, and applaud them for doing the dishes. In the zine “The Reese Witherspoon Effect”, [expand title="more"] Contemporary C*nt Collective offers a humorous critique of this glorification and invites the reader to reflect and examine the topic through satire and research. The two-part zine starts with the short story “She had Picked a Good One”, a carica- tured portrayal of the modern heterosexual relationship inspired by one of Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram posts. Reese is the driven superwoman upholding a career as well as a household – which she, of course, couldn’t do without the “constant encouragement and complete support” of her husband, Jim – but how supportive is he, really? The second part of the zine is named “The Pedestal Effect” after a term coined by sociologist Tal Peretz to describe how men are treated preferentially even in feminist spaces. Here the reader is introduced to carefully sourced quotes by scholars and journalists covering these topics, statistics and facts from organizations like UN Women and MenCare, and real-life examples of men being put on a pedestal. Throughout the zine, the texts are accompanied by distorted images of smiling women. These photos were created with imagery sourced from mass media and popular culture where women’s reactions to men performing domestic labour or child care are depicted as over-the-top excitement, cheeriness, and often sexually loaded, underlining “the pedestal effect”. [/expand]

Depending on where you are in the world, you – like us – are probably just emerging from a gloomy winter time. Here in Berlin it’s particularly grim, but just this week we have felt the first rays of sunshine starting to peek through the clouds, bringing with it new green leaves, tiny flower buds: the first glimpses of spring. Instant happiness! What this tells us, and why we’re telling you this, is that plants and nature have a tremendous emotional effect on us, even when we’re living the city life. More

As seen by the title, "The Home" deals with people and the home. We settled quickly on the home as the topic because we believe that reflecting on the building blocks of life [expand title="more"]is of paramount importance—especially in times of difficulty—and that this foundation begins in the home. That is, we took a break from visiting scenes showcasing one single brand to individual spaces where our lives leave behind myriad stories. "The Home" focuses on houses that shows a distinct attitude of the owner on the way he or she views the space rather than just style, size, or structure. We also categorized the homes that share a similar value. For example, a person that lives and work from home would go under ‘Home Office’ while someone who chose to live in the suburban area that prefers freedom over convenience would be categorized as ‘Rural Life’. Starting with our short interview with Suyong Joh, Magazine B’s editorial team met with numerous creators all over the world to hear their opinion on the meaning and purpose of home and how homes can be so much more than the typical house we experience in our daily lives.[/expand]

In this edition of RUM International we have explored what heritage means as the makers of the past form a huge part of design, architecture and art. We meet the creatives who work with legendary brands and designers, standing on the shoulders of a rich heritage and creating through a contemporary lens. One such true legend is Danish architect and designer Knud Holscher, who greeted us in his home north of Copenhagen. Built in 1972, the house stands as a monument to his oeuvre and is today thought of as one of Denmark’s most authentic modernist building works from the 20th century. Another great character who leaves behind a monumental life’s work is Danish artist Peter Bonnén, who sadly past away this summer. RUM was kindly allowed a rare look inside a true artist’s home, where he lived for 54 years. Also, come on in as we visit a factory space turned into an open-plan home with a rooftop view in Copenhagen and a five-storey townhouse in New York, elegantly curated with art and iconic vintage pieces from top to bottom – plus read the interview with floral designer Julius Værnes Iversen, founder of multidisciplinary studio Tableau, who grew up among the flowers in his father’s shop and now takes the world with breathtaking botanical installations.

One of our very favourite things about contemporary print culture is that there really is a magazine for everything. From bathing culture to modern witchcraft, the creativity, breadth and diversity of the magazine world never fails to amaze us.  That’s why we’ve chosen to bring you SICK magazine for your October Surprise. SICK began life as a zine-style pamphlet, produced by editor-in-chief Olivia Spring, and since its first issue, it has been a unique presence in the magazine world, dedicated to elevating the voices and experiences of chronically ill and disabled people. More

Once a close associate of Mao Zedong and the nation’s most celebrated poet, Ai Weiwei’s father, Ai Qing, was branded a rightist during the Cultural Revolution, and he and his family were banished to a desolate place known as “Little Siberia,” where Ai Qing was sentenced to hard labor cleaning public toilets. Ai Weiwei recounts his childhood in exile, and his difficult decision to leave his family to study art in America, where he befriended Allen Ginsberg and was inspired by Andy Warhol and the artworks of Marcel Duchamp. With candor and wit, he details his return to China and his rise from artistic unknown to art world superstar and international human rights activist—and how his work has been shaped by living under a totalitarian regime. Ai Weiwei’s sculptures and installations have been viewed by millions around the globe, and his architectural achievements include helping to design the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing. His political activism has long made him a target of the Chinese authorities, which culminated in months of secret detention without charge in 2011. Here, for the first time, Ai Weiwei explores the origins of his exceptional creativity and passionate political beliefs through his life story and that of his father, whose creativity was stifled. At once ambitious and intimate, Ai Weiwei’s 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows offers a deep understanding of the myriad forces that have shaped modern China, and serves as a timely reminder of the urgent need to protect freedom of expression.

In a time when everything looks so flawless and shiny on our backlit screens, an imperfect, experimental and raw aesthetic is on the rise again as a counterculture. Zines have retained this character since the 60s until today. The thin booklets in simple photocopy style are the original form of self-publishing – fast, selfmade and niche. Usually monothematic and with small print runs, they print the part of culture that is absent from mainstream publications. Because profit is not the goal, but representation and participation in shaping culture. Their simple, analogue charm leaves room for experimentation with visual language. And so they are and always have been an uncut a constant source of inspiration. No wonder, then, that they are making a comeback! More

A perfect back-to-school book...with a twist! For little kids everywhere who feel anxious leaving home to go back to school. Never, Not Ever! is the instant classic from Beatrice Alemagna—a laugh-out-loud tribute to little kids everywhere who would prefer not to leave home on the first day of school. The other animals are marching dutifully to school, but Pascaline could care less. “Never, not ever!” she declares. She’s NOT going. And nothing—not even her parents pulling her by her feet—will change her mind. She shrieks so loudly that her parents shrink down to the size of peanuts—becoming just the right size to fit snugly under Pascaline’s wing. Now they can all go to school together! In Never, Not Ever! award-winning picture book creator Beatrice Alemagna reminds us that small children need their parents to be close by . . . but not too close.