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Tsai Ming-liang: master of long takes and watermelon sex

Tsai Ming-liang: master of long takes and watermelon sex

This ‘slow cinema’ legend has now abandoned all dialogue. As the UK Taiwan film festival kicks off, he talks about his latest work – about a man with neck pain who owns a fish‘In my childhood, cinema
Branded a no-go zone: a trip inside the 93, France's most notorious banlieue

Branded a no-go zone: a trip inside the 93, France's most notorious banlieue

It is seen as a lawless breeding ground for hooliganism and drug trafficking. But a photographer called Mister Happiness is on a mission to tell the real story about the demonised area‘She put her pen
The $500m Shed: inside New York's quilted handbag on wheels

The $500m Shed: inside New York's quilted handbag on wheels

This puffed-up cultural citadel was meant to be an endlessly evolving, telescopic arts complex. But the glistening billionaires’ playground rising up beside it had other plansIt seems fitting that the
'It is a religion': how the world went mad for Moomins

'It is a religion': how the world went mad for Moomins

Kate Winslet and Rosamund Pike are among the starry lineup in a new TV adaptation of the Moomins. Why do Tove Jansson’s hippo creatures have such enduring appeal?It is -15C and snowy outside but
Stonewall at 50: stories from a gay rights revolution

Stonewall at 50: stories from a gay rights revolution

In June 1969, in the violent wake of a police raid on a New York bar, Stonewall was born – a defining moment remembered here by those who protestedThe Stonewall riots started in the early hours of 28
The upside down: inside Manhattan’s Lowline subterranean park

The upside down: inside Manhattan’s Lowline subterranean park

In two years’ time, the Lower East Side will be home to the world’s first underground ‘green’ space – the LowlineTo get a glimpse of what will eventually become the Lowline, a subterranean Eden being
The big picture: the Rwandan Daughters project

The big picture: the Rwandan Daughters project

Portraits of Rwandan rape victims and their children reveal the aftermath of the genocide 25 years agoToday marks 25 years since the onset of the Rwandan genocide. In just 100 days, between 7 April
Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s
Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s
Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco

Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco

It is a billionaires’ playground where haircuts cost $800 and high-rise duplexes go for $32m. So why do the angular towers of Hudson Yards look so cheap?‘One thing that’s always been true in New
Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are
All the presidents’ busts – in pictures

All the presidents’ busts – in pictures

Standing nearly 20 feet high, 43 US presidents’ busts, remnants from a bankrupted theme park, are stored in Croaker, Virginia, on the property of Howard Hankins who is seeking to restore the massive
Ultranationalism in Ukraine – a photo essay

Ultranationalism in Ukraine – a photo essay

The growing presence of far-right groups in Ukraine leaves the west in a quandary. The ultranationalists have played a key role in fighting Russia-backed separatist rebels and are now challenging
Self-made superheroes and street naps: Manila – a cartoon

Self-made superheroes and street naps: Manila – a cartoon

Inspired by the Japanese Ukiyo-E woodblock prints of the Floating World, Marius Black’s portraits show the daily urban life of Filipinos Inspired by the Japanese Ukiyo-E woodblock prints of the
Mandela's sketch of his Robben Island cell door to be sold at auction

Mandela's sketch of his Robben Island cell door to be sold at auction

Drawing is one of 22 works made in 2002 as therapeutic activity about his incarceration Of all the sketches he made about his 27-year incarceration, this was the one Nelson Mandela wanted to keep. A
Academics launch petition against 'racist' mural in French parliament

Academics launch petition against 'racist' mural in French parliament

Mural was created in 1991 to commemorate France’s abolition of slavery in 1794Two French academics have launched a petition to remove a parliament mural commemorating the abolition of slavery, which
Red dawn: the Sindoor Jatra festival in Nepal

Red dawn: the Sindoor Jatra festival in Nepal

Every year, Nepal becomes awash with vermillion powder as Hindus celebrate Sindoor Jatra to welcome the arrival of spring and Nepalese new year Continue reading...
Huge fire sweeps through Notre Dame Cathedral – in pictures

Huge fire sweeps through Notre Dame Cathedral – in pictures

Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames on Monday afternoon, causing its main spire to collapse and raising fears for the future of the 850-year-old building and its precious artworks
Assessing the damage at Notre Dame Cathedral – in pictures

Assessing the damage at Notre Dame Cathedral – in pictures

After Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed by flames on Monday, work has begun to assess the damage to the 850-year-old buildingNotre Dame fire: follow the latest developments – live Continue
Notre Dame fire is devastating – but iconic cathedral will live on

Notre Dame fire is devastating – but iconic cathedral will live on

Edifice joins long list of culturally significant buildings with history of destructionThe history of beloved, culturally significant buildings is inextricably connected to a history of destruction –