Another provactive read and equally striking photography. Lurking in the shadows of any city's "self" are the desire, paranoia, and anxiety, that speak to the visible and invisible challenges of performing individual and cultural identities. I am amazed by how fashion and film noir captivatingly express that tension. Great work!
There is no question that this issue's articles collectively and uniquely create dialogue around expressions of patriotism, democracy, and American identity. But I have also found the cover and pictures throughout this issue visually expressive in ways that merit close attention.
I teach a college prep course in creative writing and literature at a men's prison in Orange County, and this week's cover not only ignited provocative conversation, it helped many of my students to creatively express issues surrounding the performance of American identities. Our recent readings (Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and Langston Hughes's "Let America Be America Again") helped us as we collectively responded--through a creative writing exercise--to what the cover made us feel about America, the woman pictured, and our relationships to both.
Thanks to the Independent for an engaging cover and articles. Your work has stirred up meaningful dialogue and creative work in the classroom!
Arinaz, with this article, raises important questions around the complex issue of fashioning American subjectivity. She urges us to "engage" a complacent cultural demeanor through questioning and performance. Indeed, the power to affect change often lies in complicating our perfomances of self... each shot deserves a closer look.
A compelling and provocative read. Another well-written article.
What's most striking here is the color contrast between the model and the environment that she inhabits. Further, the model's vintage clothing, coupled with her bold, inquisitive gaze makes us think about what summer has been in the past and/or what it will be in the future. Because of such visual complexity, I see this arrangement as both engaging and intriguing.
A compelling and intriguing article. It demonstrates a unique critical perception--the writer has an eye, mind, and spirit for understanding and discussing fashion critically. Further, the writer's article is an important discussion of the way in which fashion can be understood as visual performance, as an expression and performance of "selves"--accordingly, it demonstrates the way in which fashion intersects with visual studies, cultural histories and identity performance studies, and further, why this sort of critical exploration must continue. A truly fascinating read on so many levels.
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