Marni FW24

Giving troglodyte | 18 min

Creative director Francesco Risso wanted this collection unencumbered by references, inspired only by a Virginia Woolf quote, “If by chance you enter a paper cave, bring no clothes”. The white-walled caves under Milan’s Stazione Centrale hosted a collection of carefully oversized shaping, from lapel-laden coats and power-shouldered sweaters, to riotous cheetah print and long-furred ensembles.

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Gucci FW24

Red dead redemption | 12 min

Shimmering sequin and luxurious, almost liquid leather made Gucci’s a deeply sensuous show. Creative director Sabato de Sarno looked to dream, reality and the gap between, for a collection featuring oversized embellished coats, sheer tops and velvety dresses atop tall boots in black or oxblood red.

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Versace FW24

Mob wife avant la lettre | 17 min

Male and female models glide over a black shag carpet in clothes that cohere to the codes of contemporary formal tailoring but disrupted with cut, drape, and embellishment: a collection with a “rebel attitude and a kind heart”, according to Donatella Versace. 

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Etro Act FW24

Does my head look big in this | 10 min

Marco De Vincenzo sent his models down the runway flanked by giant, fallen statues, and wearing clothes that gestured to ancien régimes: a “Homeric journey” that sought to link the present to the deep past, from gold and black patterning like that on Greek jugs to asymmetrical dresses draped like togas.

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Spice Up Your Life

Hester Van Hensbergen reads | 17 min

“Admittedly, not everyone likes to have their nostrils burnt out.” Hester van Hensbergen reads her feature on her travels in Dijon, from the winter 2023 travel issue. Want to spend more time savouring the sights and sounds of Dijon? You can also read here.

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The Glutton

By A.K. Blakemore | 12 min

A.K. Blakemore reads from her novel The Glutton, which reimagines the life of Tarrare, an 18th-century peasant notorious for his voracious appetite and colourful, short life. 

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The Wisdom of Pearls

Pearl farming on Japan’s Kyushu Island | 3 min

Pearls were first described in writing by a Chinese historian in 2,206 BCE, and have been variously associated with the moon, the month of June, tears, the goddess Venus, and heaven. Today, TASAKI’s pearl farms on the west coast of Kyushu use organic engineering to produce some of the world’s finest.

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Kathryn Scanlan

Fast horses | 5 min

Kathryn Scanlan reads from her slim, sensational book Kick the Latch (Daunt, 2023) – the real-life story of Sonia, a horse-trainer and groom, told to Kathryn in long conversations. As she told TANK in an interview in the winter issue, “It’s a disturbing book but I think it’s also a funny and hopeful book. I wanted the narrative to mimic the energy and exhilaration of a race.” 

Pick up the winter issue today.

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Elemental Architecture

An exclusive new documentary on Alejandro Aravena | 52 min

In a new documentary by TANK, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena discusses his approach and its outcomes, whether while working with the Asociación de Comunidades Mapuche de Loncoche or a Swiss bank. Architecture represents the site of conflict, but can itself – as a form of mapping information – also represent its ongoing and always unfinished resolution.
“Tragedy is not a literary form but a way to be in the world, with non-negotiable opposites that have an equal amount of right to coexist. Yet fertility comes out of that conflict.”
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Letter from Gaza

John Berger reads Kanafani | 18 min

"Letter from Gaza" is a short film directed by Perry Ogden, in which renowned art critic John Berger reads Ghassan Kanafani's powerful short story of the same name. The film was produced for the inaugural Palestine Festival of Literature in 2008. Kanafani's story, written in 1955, is an account of life under Israeli occupation in Gaza, told in the form of a letter from a young Palestinian man to his fiancée, who has left Gaza for a life in exile. 

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An occult embroidery

Bhanu Kapil speaks to Stephanie Sy-Quia | 39 min

“Kapil’s win of the 2020 T.S. Eliot prize for How to Wash a Heart (2020), a long, halting poem which uses the host/guest dynamic as a parable of ethnonationalist immigration policies, brought greater attention to a career of reverberative experimental poetry," writes Stephanie Sy-Quia. Bhanu Kapil’s name is frequently invoked as a writer at the forefront of the poetic avant-garde in the US, though in the UK – where she was born – she is at the cusp of wider recognition due to the republishing of her collection Incubation in 2023. For TANK, she spoke to fellow poet and writer Stephanie Sy-Quia about the archive, the lost floating fragments of every work, and the form of failure.

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Books we read so you don't have to

The Theory of the Leisure Class | 25 min

The Theory of the Leisure Class is an 1899 book by Thorstein Veblen – read by us so that you don't have to! Caroline Issa, well-dressed as ever in Schiaparelli, Prada and Alaïa to name a few, helps us understand how the leisure class developed from warring nomads to ugly lapdogs – and why it matters now. 

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Keats's Odes

By Anahid Nersessian | 10 min

Anahid Nersessian reads from Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse, her collection of six finely-tuned essays on the poetry and politics of some of the greatest poems in English – John Keats’ Great Odes.

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ON THE BRINK

The Hunger Crisis in the Horn of Africa | 10 min

To mark 40 years since the Ethiopian famine, Hungry for Action joins forces with photographer Misan Harriman and UN Goodwill Ambassador Sabrina Elba to launch a new interactive film On the Brink – a film, designed for viewing through VR headset, that higlights the experiences of those driven to hunger by conflict, climate change and escalating food prices. Hungry for Action is a coalition of charities including Save the Children and The One Campaign calling on politicans and leaders to take decisive action to prevent hunger in the places most devastated by climate change and war.

Find out more about the campaign here.

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The Immediacy Issue

The brand new Spring issue | 1 min

TANK’s spring issue is dedicated to Immediacy, as defined by Anna Kornbluh, whose new book from Verso Books makes a dazzling diagnosis of our dominant aesthetic mode of urgency, flow, frictionlessness, thinness and instantaneity. In 300+ pages of features, fashion, art, interviews and more we examine the aesthetic paradigm of immediacy and its opposite, mediation: the frictive, difficult process by which we experience active relating.

We’re selling the issue and the book in a discounted bundle for only £25. We urge you to purchase immediately!

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South Africa’s case at the ICJ

Genocidal acts committed against the Palestinian people | 11 min

At the end of 2023, South Africa made an application to the International Court of Justice charging Israel with genocide against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. The following series of twelve videos constitutes an abridged version of the 84-page application, read by major artists and produced by the Palestine Festival of Literature. Click through to watch.

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1. Causing serious bodily and mental harm

Lena Headey, Khalid Abdalla, Steve Coogan & Natalie Diaz | 6 min

The substance of the application is drawn from a range of sources within and without of Gaza, including UN officials, journalists and eye witnesses. This introductory section focuses on the nature of the injuries inflicted on the Palestinian people in Gaza. Read by Lena Headey, Khalid Abdalla, Steve Coogan & Natalie Diaz.

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2. Mass expulsion and displacement

Susan Sarandon, Adam Bakri, Sepideh Moafi, Wallace Shawn & Maxine Peake | 4 min

According to reports, 1.9 million Palestinians in Gaza – more than 80% of the population, many of whom were already refugees – have been internally displaced since October 7. Over 250,000 housing units have been damaged and more than 50,000 units destroyed. Paragraphs 56-60 are read by Susan Sarandon, Adam Bakri, Sepideh Moafi, Wallace Shawn & Maxine Peake.

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3. Deprivation of access to food

Cynthia Nixon, Tobias Menzies, Morgan Spector, Alia Shawkat, Harriet Walter & Khalid Abdalla | 4 min

Famine in Gaza is “inevitable”, according to UN officials, with deprivation of food used as a “weapon of war”. Read by Cynthia Nixon, Tobias Menzies, Morgan Spector, Alia Shawkat, Harriet Walter and Khalid Abdalla.

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4. Deprivation of access to water

Peter Mullan, Sepideh Moafi, Maisie Richardson Sellers & Kathleen Chalfant | 5 min

After Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in June 1967, the Israeli military authorities consolidated complete power over all water resources and water-related infrastructure. Since October 2023, Israel has cut off the water supply to Gaza, exacerbating deteriorating living conditions that have led to widespread disease and death. Read by Peter Mullan, Sepideh Moafi, Maisie Richardson Sellers and Kathleen Chalfant.

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5. Deprivation of access to shelter, clothes, hygiene & sanitation

Charles Dance, Maisie Richardson-Sellers & Maxine Peake | 4 min

Throughout Gaza, there are acute shortages in, warm clothes, bedding, blankets and critical non-food items; acute shortages of water; soaring rates of infectious disease. “Everywhere you go, people are desperate, hungry and terrified.” Read by Charles Dance, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Maxine Peake.

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6. Deprivation of medical assistance

Carice van Houten, Indya Moore & Inua Ellams | 5 min

Since October 2023, Israeli attacks on hospitals and healthcare workers across the Gaza Strip have led to the collapse of the entire healthcare system. Read by Carice van Houten, Indya Moore and Inua Ellams.

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7. Deprivation of medical assistance (ii)

Kendrick Sampson, Sepideh Moafi, Paapa Essiedu, Simon McBurney & Dario Ladani Sanchez | 6 min

Israel has transformed Palestinian hospitals in Gaza from places of healing into “death zones.” Read by Kendrick Sampson, Sepideh Moafi, Paapa Essiedu, Simon McBurney and Dario Ladani Sanchez.

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8. Destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza

Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Aida el-Kashef & Paapa Essiedu | 5 min

The destruction of housing units, hospitals, schools, mosques, bakeries, water pipes, sewage and electricity networks threatens to make the continuation of Palestinian life in Gaza impossible. Read by Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Aida el-Kashef and Paapa Essiedu.

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9. Destruction of Cultural, Intellectual and Religious Life and History

Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten & Khalid Abdalla | 4 min

Israel has damaged or destroyed countless bookshops, publishing houses, libraries & hundreds of educational facilities. It has targeted every one of Gaza's four universities and has damaged or destroyed an estimated 318 Muslim and Christian religious sites so far. Read by Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten & Khalid Abdalla.

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10. Measures imposed to prevent births

Susan Sarandon, Cynthia Nixon, Sepideh Moafi, Maxine Peake & Aida El-Kashef | 4 min

“Doctors are being compelled to perform ordinarily unnecessary hysterectomies on young women in an attempt to save their lives.” Read by Susan Sarandon, Cynthia Nixon, Sepideh Moafi, Maxine Peake & Aida El-Kashef.

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11. Genocidal Statements by Israeli Officials

South Africa’s case at the ICJ | 3 min

The final chapter of the series of videos taken from South Africa’s dossier charging Israel with genocide at the ICJ concerns statements from Israeli officials which are genocidal in intent. On January 26 2024, the OCJ made an interim ruling calling on Israel to take all measures necessary to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza. Since the ruling, Israel has continued its bombardment of Gaza and has killed three people inside a hospital in the West Bank. This series, the details of South Africa’s case and Israel’s ongoing aggression speak to the need for a continued and sustained uprising in support of the rights of Palestinians everywhere to live in freedom, safety and dignity. 

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Palestine: The Long Arc of History

| 30 min

Oxford historian Faisal Devji specialises in studies of Islam, globalisation, violence and ethics. In this episode, Professor Devji considers the place of Palestine in the global context of resistance and struggle, and against wider recent global transformations, arguing that these recent events are likely to have a longer-lasting historical impact than many have so far considered. 

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Mercenaries

With Faisal Devji | 10 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. In the light of the recent rebellion by the Wagner group in Russia, he reflects on the trend for and the perils of using contractors and merceneries.

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Civil war

With Faisal Devji | 10 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. Here he discusses civil war as a historical theme, why it has made a return and how we could break out of its destructive cycle. 

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Neutrality

With Faisal Devji | 11 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. Here he sets out how neutrality as a mode of international relations is making a most welcomed return. As the historical moment of a unipolar world order passes and with it the need for international law and institutions becomes self evident, neutrality is once again seen as a highly useful position from which to appeal for peace.

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TICE CIN

FLASH FICTION WITH MONTBLANC | 1 min

TANK invited four writers to respond to the idea of “chance encounters” for the Summer Books Issue.
Four new Flash Fictions from Tice Cin, Caleb Femi, Joanna Biggs and Momtaza Mehri, powered by Montblanc.

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CALEB FEMI

FLASH FICTION WITH MONTBLANC | 1 min

TANK invited four writers to respond to the idea of “chance encounters” for the Summer Books Issue.
Four new Flash Fictions from Tice Cin, Caleb Femi, Joanna Biggs and Momtaza Mehri, powered by Montblanc.

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JOANNA BIGGS

FLASH FICTION WITH MONTBLANC | 1 min

TANK invited four writers to respond to the idea of “chance encounters” for the Summer Books Issue. Four new Flash Fictions from Tice Cin, Caleb Femi, Joanna Biggs and Momtaza Mehri, powered by Montblanc.

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MOMTAZA MEHRI

FLASH FICTION WITH MONTBLANC | 1 min

TANK invited four writers to respond to the idea of “chance encounters” for the Summer Books Issue.
Four new Flash Fictions from Tice Cin, Caleb Femi, Joanna Biggs and Momtaza Mehri, powered by Montblanc.

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