Playlist: Henry Hargreaves

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At the time request for this playlist I noticed a message on Facebook that was over five years old. In those days, when the King Size Bar was still across the street from our current offices, my friends and I went there nights and stayed into the early morning hours, which in retrospect, is all legendary today. We met new faces that, with time, would became good friends, or maybe not.

This is a welcome occasion for those situations when you’ve lost track of someone – like now with Henry. The New York photographer (and former ex-model, a small archive find can be found here) will come to Berlin for his Power Hungry exhibition at Galerie Kwadrat. The concept has been in development in collaboration with Caitlin Levin for some time. The meals of dictators or popular leaders are served up on tables in sharp contrast to the meals of the starving masses next to them. Visitors can take a seat and sympathize: This is how it must have been in ancient Rome, where the differences between social classes were especially evident when it came to food consumption. Food, or lack thereof, as a weapon used by rulers.

Henry plays with and photographs food in a number of contexts (What a lucky guy!). As a rule, of course, the goal is to draw attention to the greater potential for debate and to reveal mechanisms that function less than perfectly. What’s better suited for this purpose (especially in the US) than the food industry? During my research for this post I came across a pink piñata in the shape of a pig, studded with candies made of meat and a photo series of the last meal before the condemned is sent to its own execution.

The New York Times also appreciates the talents of the native New Zealander and draws on his delight for experimentation when it comes to visual content – Henry’s work often appears in the paper. One of his guiding principles that I would immediately subscribe to is: “We ask ourselves far too little, why something is the way it is.” He’s found the time to create a small playlist for you, born out of more than his incredibly compassionate character. Not to be forgotten is a little Leonard Cohen (Avalanche instead of the all-time favorite Famous Blue Raincoat) and (also recently rediscovered by me) Portishead’s Roads:

Translation: Alicia Reuter
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Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.