I am struggling to think of a single image I have seen in 2012 that I have enjoyed more than Linda Forsell’s amazing shot of a man and a sheep on a Gaza beach. Digging a little deeper I found that it was one of several thoroughly engaging pictures from her new book Life’s A Blast which which documents her trip to Israel and Palestine in 2010. The pictures range in how explicit the political overtones are but you feel that they are never too far from the surface even when the subject seems to be something entirely prosaic. It is testament to Linda’s skill and sensitivity that she imbues this difficult subject with humanity and, at appropriate times, humour creating a series with a narrative power way beyond the sum of its parts.
Linda, who splits her time between New York and Stockholm, is no stranger to tough, complex ideas with a previous project focussing on domestic violence against women documented at www.causeofdeathwoman.com.
- Steph Wilson, DR. ME, Women Who and Benedict Redgrove at Nicer Tuesdays August
- Artist Emily Mae Smith’s pop motifs and witty compositions
- Meet the prop-maker building imaginary boyfriends
- Graphic designer Biba Košmerl takes on organised disorder and what it means to be a true modernist
- Bjenny Montero, an underground hero of melancholic comics
- Animator Hoji Tsuchiya's patchwork video for Japanese singer Uri Nakayama
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
- Things: the inspiring post that got us through the long hot summer nights of August