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Alvaro Laiz Captures the Secret Lives of Transgender Mongolians

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In Mongolia, where the weight of tradition and Soviet rule still hang heavy, it is considered dangerously taboo to be a homosexual. Gays, lesbians, and transsexuals must keep their identities secret, often secluding themselves or participating in prostitution, in an attempt to safeguard their lives against violence and discrimination. In 2011, photographer Álvaro Laiz decided to capture the secret lives of these Mongolians in his series “Transmongolian.” Laiz initially traveled to Mongolia because he was interested in how the country’s newly opened borders affected the population, with the tradition of Mongolian culture meeting with Western influences from the outside. His research led him to connections with transgender individuals whose stories he decided to document with his photography.

They cannot express themselves normally except in certain places,” Laiz explained to Slate. “Your life becomes a scenario in which you are pretending to be someone else. Your job, your relatives become part of this performance, and little space is left to act as you would really want to be. It is insane.”

Laiz captures these ostracized Monogolians conducting their day-today lives alongside images of them in traditional Mongolian queen costumes. Laiz’s Mongolian series is the first of a larger project exploring transgender people in societies across the world. (via huffington post)

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Nonviolence Solvers

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In June of 2008 Brendan “Solve” Scanlon was murdered in Chicago. Since Brendan was a graffiti/street artist his friends have created a campaign to giveaway Solve stickers to people all over the world as a symbol of Nonviolence and to honor Brendan’s life. Head over to Solve Stickers and get some free stickers, post them up in your town and spread the word!

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Abbey Watkins Fashion Illustrations

Recent Manchester Metropolitan University  graduate Abbey Watkins mixes detailed pencil drawing with just a touch of digital coloring to create hip and sexy fashion illustrations with a surreal and occult twist. (via pulmoniare)

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Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf‘s high gloss photography has a dark twist that I just love.  His Royal Blood and Grief series were my favorite, though all of his sets have quirky themes to them.

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Mao NAKADA

Beautiful fairytale-like  woodblock prints by Japanese artist Mao Nakada.

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Patrick D Wilson

Patrick D Wilson combines an interesting mix of geometry, photography, and sculpture to create new spacial landscapes where buildings are made of clouds and the stars are aligned onto fragmented planes.

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Santiago Caruso’s Dark World Illustrations

Santiago Caruso’s beautifully nightmarish illustrations are what you might find in an ancient book of spells in a dark cave at the end of the world. Lucky for us they can also be found on his portfolio site.

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Ghosts & Other Practical Visual Jokes

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Robert Gligorov’s  work attempts to shock the viewer. Each piece tantalizes the imagination, awakening it from a state of lethargy. Confronting a society accustomed to sophisticated and extreme forms of visual communication, Gligorov amplifies the shock value of his work in order to compete with the deluge of images that cloud our visual field. Gligrov  lives and works in Milan, Italy and is represented by Aeroplastics Contemporary in Belgium,  and Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke in Paris. More images of his work after the jump.

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