Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Update on The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold

Dear contributors, supporters, fans, lovely people: One of the most common questions an independent filmmaker is asked is “when is it going to be ready?” Like most artists, our secret, silent-voice answers aren’t usually very polite. They revolve around “when it’s ready.” The biggest setback for any indy [like a real indy, not one backed […]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Posters of Protest

A piece I presented for Tariq Ali’s new show on TeleSUR English about posters of protest and some inspiring activists campaigning against the School of the Americas.  

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

ding dong

Radical artist Peter Kennard was a chief satirist of Thatcher during her era. On the day of her funeral, Open Democracy revisited some of the images that captured the Iron Lady and her demons. All images by Peter Kennard. Text by Leah Borromeo. Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979 heralded a fresh and angry approach to […]

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

greenwash dream….

Filmed this recently…. One HDV camera and one mobile phone. It was for Stop Sweatshop Greenwash at Thanet Earth. It’s to the tune of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”. Not a bad stab for a bunch of green and labour activists in green hair and a man with an inflatable guitar eh?

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Peter Kennard mumbles at me for Tank Magazine

Peter Kennard is an artist and teacher who has been creating photomontages for nearly half a century. Dubbed the “master of the medium” by the critic John Berger, Kennard’s ‘Broken Missile’ image for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is still deployed in protests today. Journalist and filmmaker Leah Borromeo is a former deputy foreign editor at […]

Monday, January 10th, 2011

vivian maier: the franz kafka of street photography

the world has just uncovered a new, great street photographer. her name is vivian maier. she lived and worked in chicago as a nanny. on her days off she took photographs that rival the poetry and beauty walker evans, helen levitt and saul leiter. without further adieu, read my article in the british journal of […]

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The RCA Long Night

I’ve been doing some writing for a bunch of art students. Such as the copy you will read below. The first draft I worked off had the phrase “challenging the position of the student as consumer and the pedagogic problems that come with this new condition”. Call me a bit low-brow but I thought it […]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

sTate Modern: Tate Makes Surveillance An Art Form

A new show called Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera opens at Tate Modern this week. It features images made surreptitiously or without the explicit permission of the subject. It is the history of spying with a lens in just over 250 photographs. But there’s an elephant in the museum. As you move from room […]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera [for Juxtapoz Magazine]

An exhibition intended to open discussion about surveillance and the gaze, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera opens this week at London’s Tate Modern. The show explores themes of eroticism, celebrity, violence and security in the world around us. Over 250 works have been selected by Tate Modern in conjunction with the San Francisco Museum […]