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23 - The Hope Issue

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5 min
gracias por todo

Los Angeles-born artist Eduardo Sarabia might have had a very different life had it not been for the support of others. Now he wants to give back. The Mexican-US artist was born in East Los Angeles to parents who had migrated from Mexico in the 1970s. His father had been offered a job at Safeway and his mother crossed the Tijuana border to join him. Their neighbourhood was part of the Chicano Art Movement, a socio-political movement led by Mexican-US artists to establish a unique artistic identity in the US. Sarabia’s work explores the fraught US-Mexican border zone, Mexican cultural stereotypes, and his own identity as a Mexican-American. Sarabia was making art from a young age. “I’ve been painting and drawing since I can remember.” As marginalised children with not much money,…

4 min
a healing island

Isla del Rey (King’s Island) is a tiny island of some 40,000 square metres, situated in the port of Mahon in Menorca. It is characterised by rich flora and fauna and historic buildings, including a Paleochristian basilica from the 6th century AD. It gained its name as the place where King Alfonso III landed in 1287 when he arrived to conquer the island of Menorca. But the main landmark of the island is a decommissioned hospital, founded by the English navy in 1711. The island returned to Spanish control following the Treaty of Amiens in 1802 and is now part of the Municipality of Mahon. Come July 2021, it will also be home to a new outpost of contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth. Through a two-year conservation project, Hauser &…

7 min
hope for the herd

When the Covid pandemic first struck, there were concerns that elephant poaching would spike if wildlife law enforcement was disrupted, tourism dollars dried up and more local families needed an income. But mercifully the opposite was true, says Save the Elephants CEO Frank Pope. “We’ve seen some unexpected and surprisingly positive outcomes for elephants despite the uncertainty of the pandemic,” says Pope, over the telephone from his home in Kenya, where he lives with his wife Saba Douglas-Hamilton (daughter of Save the Elephants’ founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton) and their three daughters: Selkie, Luna and Mayian. “We appear to be in a position where the ivory trade is in retreat. After a disastrous period between 2008-12, trade has fallen off enormously, mainly thanks to the ban on ivory trade in 2018.”— Frank Pope Kenya…

4 min
spiritual sanctuary

Deep among the rice fields of Tabanan, on Bali’s south-west coast, there is a new, beautifully intimate eco resort. Welcome to Nirjhara, the Sanskrit word for waterfall. Those who know Bali well may be familiar with the areas of Seminyak, Uluwatu, Ubud and Nusa Dua and its golden beaches. But Nirjhara is located well off the beaten track, around a 45-minute drive from the airport, in the foothills of the island’s sacred volcano, Mount Batur. Set down on a quiet village lane, you wouldn’t even know it was there were it not for the discreet sign and a helpful local to point the way. A tunnel of bamboo shoots welcomes us as we drive up to the reception area and become aware of the sound of rushing water. I walk over…

1 min
splendido mare

Is there anywhere quite so cinematically glamorous as Portofino? From its humble beginnings as a 1920s fishing village, to a mecca for the global glitterati in the 1960s, its visitors included Lauren Bacall and Ava Gardner, Groucho Marx, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Belmond Hotel Splendido Mare, the smaller sister hotel of the famous Hotel Splendido, has just received a renovation to capture the simpler days of its youth. Carried out by young Paris design agency Festen Architecture, the renovation is the first in the Belmond hotel group since it was bought by LVMH. Festen used nautical notes in the redesign to reference the harbour’s history, such as varnished wood, rope patterns in the marquetry and sailor knots. It also echoed the pastel colours of the Ligurian buildings with a palette of…

5 min
art for zoomers

A new report published by Larry’s List, an art-market data company, has shone a spotlight on 150 of the most exciting up-and-coming Millennial and Gen Z art collectors. According to the report, The Next Gen Art Collectors 2021, most of the young collectors, all under the age of 40, are based in New York, London, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. There is a strong cohort of young collectors in Asia, particularly China, Korea and Indonesia. While a number of these young collectors continue a generational collecting tradition, many have taken up the practice without any previous family history of art collecting. Contrary to what you might expect from Gen Z collectors, most still choose to focus on painting and sculpture and none exclusively on digital or multimedia. However, Instagram continues to…