Articles Posted by BESE Staff

Be You: Alok Vaid-Menon

by on March 6, 2019 0

Alok Vaid-Menon have presented their work at 400 venues in more than 40 countries. Through their style, the stage, and poetry, the artist aims to challenge the gender binary; wanting ‘man’ and ‘woman’ to be able to exist without having to be in tension or in opposition.



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Be You: Gabriela Ruiz

by on February 27, 2019 0

Gabriela Ruiz is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her pieces, primarily sculptures and performances, focus on allowing Ruiz to heal from past traumas. In this episode of Be You, we dive into Ruiz’s monochrome dreams and come to understand how her childhood conception of home came to influence her most recent installation, Haus.



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BESE Meets: Tomasa del Real and the Underground Neoperreo Scene

by on January 30, 2019 0

In a corner of Iquique, Chile, successful tattoo artist Tomasa del Real began recording herself on Photo Booth singing songs she made for fun. She started uploading those videos to YouTube. At the same time, across the ocean in Spain, Ms Nina was doing the exact same thing. Both artists are now considered the biggest names in neoperreo; a new subgenre of reggaeton that was born out of those DIY bedroom recordings across the globe. In this episode of BESE Meets, we explore the underground scene of neoperreo through the voices of the genre’s biggest names: Tomasa del Real, Ms Nina, King Jedet, La Flavia, Ulises Lozano and Rip Txny.



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State of Mind: My Relationship with Self-Harm

by on January 28, 2019 0

In this episode, Matthew Cuban opens up about his experience with self-harm and its relationship to his other mental health issues. The poet reminds viewers that it’s important to speak up about mental health struggles, and that it’s the first step toward daily healing. Cuban’s poem serves as a reminder of all the blessings he would have missed out on if he would have given in to his impulses towards self-harm.



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Local Noise: Alexander Spit

by on January 23, 2019 0

Whether it’s creating an entire album in 10 hours or mixing jazz with rap and synth, Alexander Spit rarely shies away from a creative challenge. Writing music in the basement of a warehouse, Spit opens up about how his music has become a creative outlet for him to express his emotions.



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BESE Explains: Title X Family Planning Program

by on January 21, 2019 0

span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The Title X Family Planning Program was enacted in 1970 to make affordable reproductive health services accessible to everyone in the U.S. Since then, thousands of health centers around the country have received Title X funding, and more than 4 million people use it every year. But newly proposed rules could put that access at risk.



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Be You: Gabriella Sanchez

by on January 16, 2019 0

Artist and graphic designer Gabriella Sanchez is best known for pairing vibrant, feminine colors with male figures. While much of her work is reflective of her complex family history, the concept of duality is present throughout every piece she creates—whether it be the type face or object symbolism. In this episode of Be You, Gabriella Sanchez wades through her family archives as we come to understand the process in which she collages her multifaceted familial history with her present day self.



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