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2021 Mini Football World Cup allotted to Ukraine: Photos Bohdan Warchomij October 2, 2019

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The decision to allot the Mini Football World Cup to Kyiv as the venue was announced during the WMF Executive Committee held on 30th of July 2019.

The President of WMF – Mr. Filip Juda announced the result  enthusiastically : “I would like to congratulate the Ukrainian Minifootball Federation for its efforts and perseverance in sending all the necessary documents important for guaranteeing a successfully organized WMF WORLD CUP 2021.

The Ukrainian Minifootball Federation has gone through a lot of work since 2014 when I was present at its “inauguration” in Kyiv. Concretely in the field of development of the membership base, planned construction of infrastructure, but also the performance of the national team. In my opinion, there can be no better location for the promotion of this sport in Ukraine than the historical center of Kyiv.

I personally wish to Zhenya Dontsov, the Ukrainian Minifootball Federation president, and his team to be successful in the important preparations that are always an integral part of success, whether in the promotion of minifootball in Ukraine but also abroad. Same for the development of this sport in other cities of Ukraine, cooperation with Ukrainian Association of Football in field of grassroots and also for the potential coming of new partners and increased attention from the Ukrainian state public authorities.”

The Ukrainian team in Perth for the 2019 World Cup opened its campaign with a 3:0 win over Lebanon, despite losing their first choice goalkeeper to a red card offence at the Langley Park venue. The replacement goalkeeper was one of Ukraine’s goalscorers in the win.

Australia had a very comfortable win over Thailand in their opening game and look to be favourites to win the tournament with USA.

The opening ceremony with a Welcome to Country by Dr Richard Whalley was well received by the small enthusiastic crowd.

Damien Hirst MANDALAS, an exhibition of new work at White Cube’s Mason’s Yard September 30, 2019

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20 September 2019 – 2 November 2019
White Cube Mason’s Yard

White Cube is pleased to present ‘Mandalas’, an exhibition of new work by Damien Hirst at Mason’s Yard. His first major show in London for seven years, it features large-scale works from the recent concentric paintings.

Returning to one of his most well-known motifs – the butterfly – Hirst’s new paintings take their inspiration from the mandala: highly patterned religious images that represent the cosmos or universe in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Shinto traditions. Predominantly circular, they feature exquisitely colourful butterfly wings placed into intricate concentric patterns on household gloss paint. Complex and restless, their compositions resolve at the centre with a single butterfly, a point of visual and mental focus; a spiritual or energy nexus.

Graham Miller PLAYING THE MAN Turner Galleries 20 SEPTEMBER – 19 OCTOBER September 24, 2019

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Dr Sean Gorman opened Graham Miller’s PLAYING THE MAN exhibition at the Turner Gallery by quoting an absent Bruce McAvaney’s description of the work as ‘delicious’.

Graham Miller inhabits the ubiquitous Scanlens chewing gum footy cards with aplomb and veracity to create homage to the history of the WAFL and VFL and the players and the AFL’s cultural contribution to Australian sporting history. There is humour and insight into the time and place that has framed Miller himself and is shaping a new world of football that questions who and what we are as a nation.

It is both pop culture and Wake in Fright, as Dr Sean Gorman points out to us and lists Graham Miller’s challenges in coming to a Perth boarding school from Hong Kong and learning the ropes of dealing with the Australian male psyche. There is humour in the photos and a sense of racism and abuse that footballers who were different endured, like the Asian rover Les Fong in the 70′s and in modern times the indigenous footballer Adam Goodes.

There are deep questions to ask and deep scars in the history of this sport that is played only in Australia and Graham Miller has successfully asked these questions.

Ukrainian champion Vasiliy Lomachenko defeats British boxer Luke Campbell September 9, 2019

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A valiant effort in front of a raucous hometown crowd at the O2 Arena in London wasn’t enough for Luke Campbell to pull off the upset of Vasiliy Lomachenko. The Ukrainian’s technical prowess — and a big knockdown in round 11 — was enough to earn the two-time Olympic gold medalist a unanimous decision, and a third belt in the lightweight division.

Campbell (20-3, 16 KO) did not fight like a +1000 underdog, multiple times stinging Lomachenko while also giving him fits in the southpaw vs. southpaw matchup. Ultimately, Lomachenko’s class won out as he blasted with double jabs and a stinging attack to the body. At the conclusion of the fight, Lomachenko held a 136-87 advantage in power punches.

Campbell and Lomachenko were both hurt during a wild seventh round. After the fight, Lomachenko said, “I wasn’t hurt. But I felt his punches.” As the fight wore on, Campbell seemed to hurt Lomachenko less while Lomachenko’s shots were having an increasing effect. This led to Round 11 where Lomachenko landed a flurry of punches, culminating in a right hand that dropped Campbell to the canvas and seemingly erased any doubt over where the scorecards were heading.

The official scorecards read 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109, all for Lomachenko, who added the WBC lightweight belt to his WBA and WBO titles in beating his fellow Olympic gold medalist.

Speaking after the fight, Campbell was asked how good Lomachenko, arguably the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, truly is.

“Tonight was Lomachenko’s night, but my time will come.”

Lomachenko was similarly complimentary of Campbell following the fight, admitting it was a difficult fight.

“He has good amateur experience,” Lomachenko said. “He’s a very smart technical fighter. He had reach with longer size and hands. It was very hard for me to adjust to him.”

Lomachenko also expressed a desire to fully unify the lightweight titles, targeting a fight with Richard Commey, the IBF lightweight champ.

Ukrainian Prisoner of War Exchange September 9, 2019

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Ukraine and  Russia have exchanged dozens of prisoners, releasing 35 prisoners each.

Planes carrying freed Russian and Ukrainian prisoners landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo and Kiev’s Boryspil airports on Saturday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed the exchange as the first step towards ending the war in Ukraine’s east and returning territory annexed by Moscow.

“We have taken the first step,” he said after greeting the former prisoners at the airport in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

“We have to take all the steps to finish this horrible war,” he said, pledging to also return “our territory”.

The exchange, the first since 2017, took place after lengthy negotiations.

Those released by Russia include all 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured in November last year in the Sea of Azov, as well as Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted of plotting ”terrorist” acts. He had denied the charges.

Controversy surrounds the exchange of Volodymyr Tsemakh.

He is believed to have been a commander of air defences at Snizhne in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, one of the Russian-backed rebel areas in eastern Ukraine.

Snizhne is close to where investigators say the missile which shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane in 2014 was fired.

A team of international criminal investigators said in 2016 that the missile had been brought from Russia and fired from a field controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

In a daring operation in June, Ukrainian special forces reportedly smuggled Mr Tsemakh out of rebel-held territory, and he had been due to stand trial in October.

Although he is not a suspect, international prosecutors have said they would like him to remain in Ukraine so they can ask him further questions.

Last week, they urged the authorities in Ukraine not to allow him to travel to Russia.

However, in a court decision on Wednesday he was released from custody.

The Dutch government said it was disappointed with the Ukrainian decision to send him to Russia.

Meanwhile in the Donetsk war zone Russian forces continue to engage the Ukrainian military.

Perth Fashion Festival at Yagan Square September 9, 2019

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Now in its 21st year Perth Fashion Festival will take place in a transformed Yagan Square. Perth will share the vision of creating a brilliantly connected future for everyone to enjoy. View the festival program and see some highlights below.

Fashion Paramount
12 – 14 September

Perth’s vibrant Yagan Square precinct will be transformed to host an exhilarating and reinvigorated Fashion Paramount, presenting an outstanding display of style and creativity throughout six incredible runway events.

Featuring the latest collections from some of the most prominent local, national, and international designers, the evening runway shows are some of the most exciting the festival has to offer in its rich and diverse history.

Experience the very best of West Australian fashion, with the magnificent city skyline sparkling in the night sky. Find out more about the Fashion Paramount Runway Events here or purchase your tickets through Ticketek.

Fashion Central
15 & 21 September

Yagan Square, Forrest Chase, Wesley Quarter, 140 and other city destinations will once again be the centre of action with a host of free runway shows, events, exciting window creations and activities to bring a vibrant atmosphere to the City of Perth.

Mandy Barker at Ballarat Bienalle September 1, 2019

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Mandy Barker Lost At Sea

Mandy Barker is an international award-winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris over the past 10 years has received global recognition. Working with scientists she aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans whilst highlighting the harmful affect on marine life and ultimately ourselves.

Mandy Barker Reach Mermaid- Between Wisdom

Barker’s work has been published in over 40 countries including; National Geographic, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Smithsonian, The New Scientist, The Explorer’s Journal, UNESCO, The British Journal of Photography, FOAM Magazine, GUP, and The RPS Journal. She has exhibited internationally from Inner Mongolia, China, to the United Nations Headquarters, and Aperture Foundation in New York, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Photographers’ Gallery in London, and the Science & Technology Park in Hong Kong. She has been interviewed live on many occasions including by the BBC during UK Hull City of Culture 2017, ITV for World Ocean’s Day 2018 and on CNN News US ‘Connect the World’, about her series PENALTY during the FIFA World Cup 2014. She has also been part of ‘Circularity’ a short film with Christina Figueres and Stella McCartney, produced by VICE in 2018.

Mandy Barker Cotton Bud Sticks

Barker was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Award SPACE 2017, the world’s leading photography award for sustainability, and also nominated for the Magnum Foundation Fund and Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Prize 2018. She is a recipient of the 2018 National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration. Her first book ‘Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals’ was selected as one of the Ten Best Photography Books of 2017, by Smithsonian. Barker is a member of the Union of Concerned Photographers UCP, which is dedicated to using the power of imagery to underline the urgency of environmental concerns.

Mandy Barker Smartie Lids

In June 2019 Barker took part in the ‘Henderson Island Plastic Pollution Expedition’ which has been awarded the title of an ‘Explorers Club Flag Expedition’. Only 3 – 5 expeditions per year are recognised in this way, and have previously included the Apollo 11 Space Mission, and the dive to Challenger Deep. A significant accomplishment that details of the expedition including marine plastic pollution data will now become part of the archives and accessible to other modern day explorers and scholars.

In 2012 she was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Environmental Bursary enabling her to join scientists in a research expedition which sailed from Japan to Hawaii to examine the accumulation of marine plastic debris in the tsunami debris field in the Pacific Ocean. In June 2017 she was invited by Greenpeace to join the Beluga II Expedition which sailed around the remote and unique island locations of the Inner Hebrides, Scotland, to recover plastic debris in a commission for Greenpeace. Barker speaks internationally about her work to engage people with the plastic issue. She has been invited as a guest speaker at the National Geographic Photography Seminar 2018, Washington DC, Stanford University California, on behalf of the British Embassy and the British Council at the political festival Almedalen, Sweden, and as the opening keynote speaker for the EuroConference GlobalCapital Sustainable & Responsible Capital Markets Forum in Amsterdam.

In July 2019 Barker announced her collaboration with Stanford University through the launch of the virtual reality experience, ‘Ripple: the unintended life of plastics in the sea’. Stanford’s Communication Programme in Journalism worked with her using 4 images to represent how ubiquitous plastic has now become part of our world . The experience allows recovered plastic to be viewed alongside music and information, to encourage the viewer to become involved in an extraordinary way, and in a way that perhaps a 2-dimensional image is not able to do. The experience is available to everyone across all platforms, from viewing on a 360º headset to accessing on a mobile phone. https://rippleplastic.com

Mandy Barker Sweetheart Int

Engaging the younger generation through her work, Barker was part of a youth mentoring programme with First Exposures, an organisation that empowers youth through photography in San Francisco, and in April 2020 she will be the artist in resident at Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, United States.

“The aim of my work is to engage with and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction along with the subsequent message of awareness. The research process is a vital part of my development as the images I make are based on scientific fact, essential to the integrity of my work. The impact of marine plastic is an area I have documented for more than 10 years and am committed to pursuing through visual interpretation, and in collaboration with science I hope it will ultimately lead to positive action in tackling this increasing environmental problem, which is currently of global concern”.

https://www.mandy-barker.com

Mandy Barker Trip Around the World Coca Cola Caps

Camouflage: Liu Bolin BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE August 23-October 20 2019 August 27, 2019

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Camouflage is an exhibition of 50 Works by China’s Liu Bolin who is one of 150 Artists whose work will be on display for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, a unique festival.

Liu’s work encompasses performance and social activism as well as photography and sculpture. His best known works are the Hiding in the City series in which he blends into the selected background, chameleon like, by painting himself. He becomes the Invisible Man.

Liu’s aim is to dissect the relationship between the individual and society by disappearing into environments that are sites of intrigue, contention and criticism. Hiding in the City began as performance art protesting the 2005 destruction of Suo Jia Village by the Chinese government but he since photographed himself at more than 100 international locations.

Liu’s art career began in the early 1990s as China emerged from the shadow of the Cultural Revolution and began to grow economically. He says he represents the forgotten men of the superpower. He believes it is an artist’s duty to convey environmental issues in their work.

As well as Liu there are exhibitions by Australian Fiona Foley, Israel’s Adi Nes, USA’s Lauren Greenfield and Vanessa Winship from the UK.

Hiding in the City 

Chinese Artist Liu Bolin Vanishes Into His Works Filled With Political and Social Commentary
August 1, 2018

 

It was in 2005 that Liu Bolin initially became invisible, as a sign of silent protest when the Beijing artists’ village where he worked was demolished as part of the restructuring for the 2008 Olympics. He faded into the ruins by camouflaging himself using acrylic paints without any digital manipulation, posing motionless for hours, eyes closed, his silhouette barely visible, then immortalized the performance through photography, which became the first of his Hiding in the City series. Rather than passively vanishing, he made himself disappear as an active expression of resistance in a work mixing body art, optical art, living sculpture and photography, showing the powerlessness felt by a city’s anonymous inhabitants.

Since then, he has painstakingly painted himself into supermarket shelves, newsstands, a wall of Communist Party propaganda slogans, a portrait of Mao, the Great Wall of China and the Louvre Pyramid with French artist JR, and appropriated da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Picasso’s Guernica using multiple human subjects as his canvas that were then posted online in targeted Google image search results as his way of hacking the art world.

He has created futuristic heads made from electronic circuits and copper wires concealing video cameras, where it is not the visitor who views the art, but the art that is looking at the viewer, live-streamed Beijing’s smog from 24 cell phones attached to an orange lifejacket he wore, and created a giant iron fist sculpture facing downwards in opposition to the revolutionary symbol of the fist raised towards the sky, as part of the political and social commentary that pervades his art, tackling issues like consumerism, financial power and pollution.

The artist from Binzhou, Shandong Province, who made his own toys as a child, studied sculpture at art school and whose creations are closely intertwined with a rapidly-modernising China, turned his attention this year to Ruinart in its latest annual artist collaboration that continues the longstanding relationship between the Reims-based champagne house and the art world. After a 10-day residency at Maison Ruinart, he carried out eight photo-performances, carefully selecting the different sites, the Ruinart employees who would vanish into his photos, the lighting, composition and perspective, then his team of three assistants helped him to paint the costumes, faces, hair and hands, before getting into position for the photo-taking. In one artwork, he hid amidst green vines with Ruinart’s cellar master Frédéric Panaïotis, then got lost with him in a sea of champagne bottles. “I think this was the most difficult photograph I have ever produced because I had to paint both the front and back of my body due to the mirrors and reflections, which is a first for me,” he says. “There is a loss of bearings in this photo that I love most of all. You wonder what you are seeing, and if it is reality or a projection of reality. That’s how the Maison Ruinart draws you in.”

“I’ve always been fascinated by people who produce,” Liu remarks. “In my mind, they are the ones who make the world go around. In 2006, I created an image with Chinese workers, which was a memorable experience. I found the same relationship here. Taking a photograph with four models is never easy, but they remained completely focused on their tool. The mood for this image verges on science fiction.” One artwork could take from hours to days to paint, depending on the complexity of the backdrop. Like a game of hide-and-seek, viewers are tricked into believing there is nobody there, when in fact there is someone hiding in plain sight. “I decided to vanish into the world around me,” Liu concludes. “Some say I disappeared into the landscape; I say that the environment took hold of me.”

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/yjeanmundelsalle/2018/08/01/chinese-artist-liu-bolin-vanishes-into-his-works-filled-with-political-and-social-commentary/#436eaeab4a58

Hong Kong Protests Continue August 23, 2019

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Hong Kong is braced for its 12th week of consecutive protests as the violence of police escalates

and protestors respond by attacking police stations and police living quarters. Chief executive Carrie Lam

has disappeared from public view and seems to have been effectively sidelined.

Beijing has stepped in, labelling protesters as ‘violent criminals’, and massing troops on

the border of Hong Kong where they conduct anti-riot drills. Entering Hong Kong militarily

would mark the end of Hong Kong as an international financial hub and President Xi has

little room for compromise. Protesters understand his position  and are prepared for a

continuation of the war of attrition that has erupted amongst the political tensions that

Carrie Lam has unleashed.

Perth based Free the Bears organisation rescues five bears in Laos Photos at Perth Zoo Bohdan Warchomij August 23, 2019

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The Perth founded animal rescue organisation, Free the Bears, set out on Monday to rescue two baby moon bears being kept illegally at a paper factory in regional Laos. They returned with five bears, making it the biggest rescue in a single day in Free the Bears’ history.

Dr Mary Hutton at Perth Zoo Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Dr Mary Hutton, Karrinyup local and founder of Free the Bears about the rescues which will give the five little bears a second chance at life.

Interviews were conducted at Perth Zoo’s Sun Bear exhibit, home to Jamran and Bopha, who were also rescued by Free the Bears before finding a  home at Perth Zoo. Jamran was found outside a restaurant destined to be dismembered and sold as an edible ‘delicacy’, Bopha was being kept illegally as a pet. Perth Zoo has supported Free the Bears for more than a decade and committed to helping end bear suffering.

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Background

In 1993 Perth grandmother Mary Hutton saw a television program that would change her life. The segment contained horrifying footage of moon bears (Asiatic Black bears) held in coffin sized cages unable to move, with dirty catheters inserted directly into their gall bladder to ‘milk’ their bile.

Mary learned that thousands of bears were being held in these horrifying conditions throughout Asia, regularly milked for their bile to be used in traditional medicines.

The next day, Mary drew up a petition and stood at the entrance of the local shopping mall collecting signatures to help “Free the Bears”.  She collected thousands of signatures and a group of like-minded people determined to help bears and in 1995 registered Free the Bears Fund as a not-for-profit charity (Charity No: A1004507U).

As Mary organised raffles, film nights and other events to raise awareness about the plight of Asia’s bears, word of her work spread and requests for help arrived. After rescuing a pair of sun bears from Cambodia, having seen there were more bears in need, she began construction of the Cambodian Bear Sanctuary. This is now the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears and has educated hundreds of thousands of Cambodians about the threats facing wild bear populations.