Five New Yorkers, one apartment block.
The space is what you make of it.
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Ori flew out to The big Apple over NYFW to meet several New York creatives in creating their own space in the city. Four shoots, four days, one apartment.
Images by Agustin Hernandez
Creative Direction & Styling by Oriana Kubinska
, words by JJ.
Cultural influencer, Professor, Content Creator, Consultant and Speaker
Lyn Slater, NYC born and raised, launched her creative career with style website ‘Accidental icon’ in 2014. Being the eldest of six siblings and teaching as a professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service, she has spent most of her life around people younger than her; driving her to stay culturally current, sincere and always evolving.
An anti-authoritarian, Lyn is a testament to authenticity and disruption. Dissatisfied by a lack of blogs or magazines offering an urban, modern and intellectual aesthetic whilst also resonating with women living ‘interesting but ordinary lives’ in cities, she decided to create her own. In doing so, she has carved her own distinctive niche, one that discusses fashion beyond commodity or spectacle; exploring politics, identity, society and being a woman. Such substance sets her boldly apart from the homogenous blogging landscape as she cultivates an ever-expanding sphere of practice, in NYC and beyond.
“I believe that style is an expression of personal identity, therefore, size, age, shape are not relevant to me when I think about getting dressed.”
Writer, Artist, Researcher
Sabrina moves seamlessly between literature, language and aesthetics. She’s currently working as a gallery manager in NYC and identifies as an odd hybrid of writer, translator, aesthete geek, and geek-in-general. New York, as a hot-bed and cultural meeting point, acts as an interactive backdrop to her work.
Wait for it…Sabrina speaks Czech, Danish, English, French, Hungarian and Russian - more languages than I have right-hand fingers. This hexalingual understanding equips her with an affinity to things lost or buried by the limitations of distance and vernacular. Sabrina gained an appreciation for past and contemporary inspirations who work with unusual, overlooked, or abandoned art forms through her studies. Ever curious, she translates these fascinations through curation of the beautiful, the rare, and aesthetically relevant.
She can’t cartwheel, can only whistle some days and sometimes has trouble with doors, but she continues to find her place in the city; creating platforms for the personal, for the benefit of the general.
For Brooklyn-based poet Riya, social media is a tool delivered by the zeitgeist, for meeting and challenging misconceptions and stereotypes; face-to-face, or selfie-to-selfie. Riya has risen to recognition almost like a phoenix from the ashes of a conservative and difficult youth.
Her family moved to the US from Chittagong, Bangladesh when she was a child. Growing up in an immigrant household, disconnected both from her heritage and her peers, she was left to reconcile her sense of identity alone. As she grew older she found a sense of self beyond Islam, in her discovery of creative mediums, from reading Anne Sexton at thirteen to crooning Kurt Cobain, to late-night drawings and haikus (she grew up without a room of her own, only finding privacy when her family had gone to sleep).
Creative expressions delivered through Instagram in the form of self-portraits, drawings and words, explore a continual finding of heritage, sexuality and self. Her outspoken honesty and empathic literacy pull against the weights of trauma, circumscription and suppression, like the release of a plug from a bathtub full of heavy, stagnant water.
Currently floating between New York and Berlin, she owns a space beyond place and she continues to write, draw and create.
Katerina moved from Portland, Oregon to New York at 18 y/o to attend the Stella Adler Conservatory. She's grown from DIY movies recorded on hand-held cameras in 7th grade, to joining the main cast of new Netflix series ‘AJ and the Queen’.
Agustin Hernandnez (b. 1989, Hillsboro, Oregon) is a self taught photographer and artist living and working in New York City. He has been featured in publications such as VICE, i-D and Hunger Magazine, all compelled by his distinctive style. Augustin documents surreal daydreams in 35mm, his sharp point-and-shoot approach is intrigued by the unfamiliar and the unexplained. Shots are spontaneous but carefully conceived, dark and raw but inviting and tongue-in-cheek.
His recent exhibition “SHELF LIFE” was held at GHOST Satellite, a pop-up space in Manhattan set up by Brooklyn based GHOST Gallery. 2D became 3D as the images occupied the whole space; works were displayed as immersive installations within the gallery walls, with themes from the images spilling out into their meta-environment. His photographic work renders like some kind of twisted Memory Palace - an imaginary location in your mind for storing mnemonic images, the more abstract the better.*
His still life’s denote a time and place you can’t quite put your finger on, as subjects and objects exist in unusual juxtapose within domestic and familiar settings.
Bodies hanging in garment bags from the shower-curtain rail and diamonds spilling from the bathroom tap. Fruits in the bedroom and lobster shells stuffed with potpourri on the dining room table. Augustin takes his spot behind the camera, orchestrating confusing, sometimes disturbing scenarios that take up room in what feels like the viewer’s own Déjà-vus.
“Memory palaces, created by the method of loci were first employed by ancient Greeks and Romans. Side note: its a good technique, definitely worth remembering…
How to Create a Memory Palace
- Step 1: For your first memory palace, try choosing a place that you know well, like your home or office.
- Step 2: Plan out the whole route -- for example: front door, shoe rack, bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc. Some people find that going clockwise is helpful, but it isn't necessary. Eventually, you will have many memory palaces. You will also be able to revise the memory palace after you test it a few times, so don't worry if it's perfect on the first try.
- Step 3: Now take a list of something that you want to memorize -- a shopping list of 20 items is a good place to start: carrots, bread, milk, tea, oats, apples, etc.
- Step 4: Take one or two items at a time and place a mental image of them in each locus of your memory palace. Try to exaggerate the images of the items and have them interact with the location. For example, if the first item is "carrots" and the first locus in your memory palace is the front door, picture some giant carrots opening up your front door.
- Step 5: Make the mnemonic images come alive with your senses. Exaggeration of the images and humor can help.
- Step 6: See the instructions below.