The eleventh issue of Motherland is out, and this one sits close to the bone: this is the Skin issue.
A subject that’s deeply ingrained into our social fabric, Skin tackles pigment, a lack-of-pigment, persecution, parlours and everything in between.
Without giving away too much (buy your copy here) here’s a little peek inside.
V Sunil’s Dark & Lovely project had its first airing in this issue
Berlin-based photographer Andreas Deffner’s remarkable series of portraits take a closer look at albinism in India
Michael Edison Hayden looks at Mumbai’s issues with racial discrimination
Ben V and Aindri Chakraborty’s graphic story thinks about what it means to be a quarter Indian
And last weekend Mint Lounge gave us a rather lovely shout out, which you can have a look at here.
Not to be outdone by offices in Portland, Delhi, or just about anywhere else in the network, Sao Paulo have gone ahead and made an utterly hospitable space. Take a look!
On Women’s Day, we’re pleased to report that W+K women run the world, W+K and even rally driving – thanks to champion driver and WKer Shuchi Thakur and able henchwoman, navigator and former writer partner, Molona Wati Longchar. These girls be illin’. Mad props to every woman at W+K and elsewhere!
The internet in India, it seems, is having a moment. An excellent cover story in the Indian Express’s weekend magazine Eye, highlights the rising role of online political satirists in shaping public opinion on everything from culture to politics.
‘They go where mainstream media is too timid to venture, they hold a funhouse mirror to the powerful, and when they’re good, they’re very, very good.’ From Faking News and The Unreal Times to All India Bakchod and The Viral Factory, the article spans their collective and quite frankly, admirable efforts.
Take this spot on piece on Times Now’s Arnab Goswami by The Viral Factory.
Or this rape awareness viral from All India Bakchod.
They’re smart, cutting and also very timely. It’s election year and these sites have gathered critical mass quickly – including sites like ScoopWhoop and StoryPick that the article doesn’t feature. In a time of carefully managed, ‘Obama style’ internet campaigning and barking matches that make for prime time discussion shows, a brave, alternative voice is very welcome indeed.
Closer to home, it serves as a reminder that big budgets and bland, carpet-bombing marketing are no replacement for wit and a strong, original voice. Brands, marketing heads and social media managers, take note.
Copies of the new issue of Motherland have made their way to our HQ. Expect them at your neighbourhood newsstand soon!