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Mad Quickies: Art of Migrant Children, Digital Archive of Radical Publications, Blue Moroccan Village and More

Hey hey, my friends. I decided that if you need to see beauty as much as I do, then that should loosely be the theme of this Mad batch of links. What with all the ugliness int he world, we need this more than ever. But first, I want to share a very serious item with you. This is a brief but noteworthy article on a topic for which I am barely able to shape words.

The Smithsonian Museum Is Interested in Acquiring Art Made by Detained Migrant Children.

“The works were drawn by children, between the ages of 10 and 11, at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. This is where many families go after being released from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. While there, the kids were asked to show what their time in the detention center was like and did so on canvases.”

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From soap bubble to rainbow to spectra, these are Optics Illustrations from the Physics Textbooks of Amédée Guillemin (1868/1882)

“Exploring various aspects of the science of optics, these illustrations were all featured in the French science writer Amédée Guillemin’s popular textbook Les phénomènes de la physique (1868) and later reprinted in his five-volume magnum opus, Le monde physique (1882).”

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At Booooooom: Photographer Spotlight — Jonathan van der Knaap

The grouping of exquisite black-and-whites are titled “An afternoon with Rida”, a series of diptychs by Tokyo-based photographer Jonathan van der Knaap

van der Knaap on insta

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This is something quite remarkable. A Big Digital Archive of Independent & Alternative Publications: Browse/Download Radical Periodicals Printed from 1951 to 2016

“Today’s media landscape stands in stark contrast to that of the mid-to-late twentieth century, when independent and alternative presses flourished, disseminating art, poetry, and radical politics, and offering custom platforms for marginalized communities and dissenters. While the future of independent media seems, today, unclear at best, a look back at the indie presses of decades past may show a way forward.”

Really- take a scroll through these examples and visit Independent Voices, “an open access collection of an alternative press”. This is how subversion looked before the internet.

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Something utterly beautiful and magical for you: The Vibrant Blue Hues of Morocco’s Chefchaouen Village Captured in Photographs by Tiago & Tania

Photography duo Tania De Pascalis and Tiago Marques, known as Tiago & Tania, spent six days capturing the blue-tinted stone architecture of Chefchaouen, a 550-year-old village located in the mountains of Morocco. The photo series presents an interesting juxtaposition of everyday life within a fairytale-like aesthetic created by the town’s trademark cerulean walls, which have earned it the nickname “Blue Pearl.”

These blues are as refreshing as it gets without diving into a bracingly cool, clear, mountain lake. Enjoy!

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Artist Find: Abz J. HardingComic book Artist and illustrator. Artist of Comixology’s ASK FOR MERCY. Hardcore Tea Drinker, more North than Sean Bean. Currently lives in the Abyss.

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Bonus thing you didn’t know you needed: Headbanging Knitters Perform With Yarn and Needles at First Heavy Metal Knitting Championships in Finland

“Knitters of the world gathered in Joensuu, Finland to compete in the very first Heavy Metal Knitting Championships ever. Each knitter was graded upon their attitude, their performing skills, their storytelling talents, their connection with the audience and their ability to convey their culture, all while a death metal band played behind them.”

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Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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