Weekend Combo

A Nan Goldin documentary, NYC street photography and Jessie Eisenberg’s directorial debut
27 January 2023

Still, ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ by Laura Poitras, 2023

This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

Gather round, load up on the cultural goods! 


A portrait of Nan Goldin
Compiled of unseen footage, intimate interviews and gritty photography, Academy-award-winning director Laura Poitras has turned her lens towards the eminent photographer and activist Nan Goldin. Known for her pioneering work around LGBTQ subcultures, the opioid crisis and pioneering a synonymous style of candid photography, Goldin’s archive not only spans decades but offers invaluable insight into poignant moments of history. Titled All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Poitras’ narrative hones in on Goldin’s personal fight against big pharma, in particular the Sackler pharmaceutical dynasty, infamous for their highly-addictive opioid painkiller OxyContin. Having won Best Film at the 79th Venice Film Festival, and now nominated for an Oscar, the documentary is a fascinating and poignant watch.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is screening at the Barbican cinema this weekend, more info here.


New York, New York
Charting life in the Big Apple from the 40s to the 70s, David Hill Gallery’s latest exhibition is a love letter to New York. Comprising work from five photographers from the golden age of street photography – Mario Carnicelli, Werner Bischof, Harold Feinstein, Marc Riboud and Larry Fink – the exhibition features previously unseen images alongside iconic works from each photographer’s archive; bringing the importance of street photography’s craft to the fore, painting a portrait of decades gone by.

Streets of New York runs at The David Hill Gallery until March 3rd, more info here

Mario Carnicelli, Harley Davidson Rider, New York, 1966


Family issues
A24 are killing it, with a total of eighteen Oscar nominations in the bag and films such as Aftersun and Everything Everywhere All at Once dubbed to sweep award ceremonies. Next up in their ever-growing repertoire is Jesse Eisenberg’s directorial debut When You Finish Saving The World, a charming coming-of-age story following a mother and son’s strained relationship as they seek to find replacements for one another in an unknowing attempt to repair their fractured dynamic. Stranger Things star Finn Woldhard stars alongside Julianna Moore as Eisenberg brings his self-published audiobook of the same name to the big screen.

When You Finish Saving The World is streaming on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime now. 


Dots and dots and dots and dots…
To celebrate Yayoi Kusama’s latest collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Harrods has certainly gone dotty. An immersive polka dot pop-up filled with pieces from the collection, a claw machine full of prizes, a photobooth and a patisserie counter full of colourful choux buns is free to visit in-store. Mirrored surfaces are covered in Kusama’s signature primary coloured dots – the same pattern which sits atop her capsule collection and the storefront itself, reflecting the feel of her iconic infinity room installations. There is also a store-high statue of Kusama herself peering into the window from outside, you really can’t miss it.

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton pop-up runs at Harrods until 13th February. 


Stories rewritten
Peruvian artist Wynnie Mynerva is embarking on a creative journey to refashion gender dynamics in the historical canon of the art world; currently exhibiting at Gathering Gallery, the artist’s solo exhibition Bone of my Bones, Flesh of my Flesh focuses on the binary myths of Abrahamic religions. Telling a story through works crafted in fleshy hues of nudes and pinks, warped figures are blurred and distorted across large-scale canvases to offer an alternative narrative of age-old tales. Split into three sections which take over the whole gallery space, Mynerva’s journey is completed with an immersive installation in the basement merging sculpture and painting to blur the boundaries of practice and storytelling.

Bone of my Bones, Flesh of my Flesh runs at Gathering Gallery until March 4th, more info here.

‘Bone of my Bones, Flesh of my Flesh’, Wynnie Mynerva, 2023

Food + Drink

Greek gods
Having opened earlier this month, Greek kitchen Vori is London’s newest spot for delicious Mediterranian grub. From the team behind ex-Spitalfields spot Hungry Donkey, they’ve found new digs in Holland Park to offer up a jam-packed menu of Greek delights. You can expect rustic dishes of grilled calamari with Santorini fava, traditional melitzana, smoked metsovone cheese and a rotating homemade pie of the week – beef and ale, probably not. Flip the menu over to drinks and find Mediterranean takes on the Negroni, Margarita and G&T – the perfect accompaniment to your souvlaki.

Vori is located at 20 Holland Park Ave, W11 4UA, more info here.


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