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PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN

A Rich Cultural History Combined with a Refined Design Aesthetic at this Modern Luxe Hotel

FUFU KYOTO

An Intimate Luxury Hotel that Entwines Traditional Japanese Dining, Architecture and Hospitality with Modern Elegance

JACQUEMUS PARIS

A Pure Interior Led By Playfulness and Surprise

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre

The Charred-Brick 'Black Box' Presenting The Beauty Of Theatre & Performance

GAIA

British Artist Luke Jerram’s Explores The Vastness of Our Earth

Honouring ISSEY MIYAKE

The Legacy Remains: Merging Art & Fashion, East & West, Tradition & Technical Innovation

UNITED PLACES BOTANIC GARDENS

Local and Luxurious, A Melbourne Boutique Hotel That Gets It Right

Naoshima Ryokan ROKA

Designed by Okayama-based studio Nottuo, a New Modern Stay on Japan’s ‘Art Island’

Restaurang ÄNG

NORM Architects Creates A Light-Filled Glasshouse For The Michelin-Starred Restaurant

JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP: BAMBOO WEAVING

In The Quiet Backstreets Of Kyoto's South Higashiya, Find A Master Craftsman

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE SS23

As Ever, The Joy Of Movement & Ease of Pleats Prevails

Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Artist Theaster Gates Designs the 21st Pavilion

BRUT-AL

Argentinian-Australian Designer Alexander Lotersztain's Ode to Brutalism

Serpentine Pavilions 2000-2021

A Champ Online Retrospective Of Two Decades of The Radical Architectural Event

PURE FORM

The Art Gallery of South Australia Presents Japan's Avant-Garde Ceramics

KABIRA & KANGRI

The Beauty Of Indian Textile Craftsmanship In ISSEY MIYAKE Sub-Brand HaaT's SS22 Collection

ARCA

The Artist & Producer's Philosophy Of "First Thought, Best Thought"

May, 2018
Arca, Champ Portrait City Series Photo: Ollie Adegboye

Currently based mostly in the multicultural and energetic area of Dalston, the now 27-year old artist Arca is making waves worldwide. Alejandro Ghersi, originally from Venezuela, lives in London where he creates his own individual sound of electronic based music. His style is twisted, unpredictable and ultimately conceptual. His performances are the same, intensely conceptual and dramatic, both in movement and original outfit design.

Arca, Champ Portrait City Series Photo: Ollie Adegboye

In 2015, Arca releases his debut album Xen, on Mute Records. Xen is a character whom Arca would often escape to as a child, an alter-ego of types. Through visuals, Arca’s long-term collaboration with visual artist Jesse Kanda, has seen Xen come to life. Their long-term work together has seen Kanda create all of Arca’s visuals, music videos and a recent collaboration on an audiovisual performance at the MoMA in New York.

Also working as a producer, engineer and DJ, Arca began making waves in 2012 with his Baron Libre, Stretch 1 and Stretch 2 EPs. This lead to his work on FKA Twigs’ EP2 and her latest LP, but things really started to get interesting when he worked as a production consultant on Kanye West’s Yeezus and more recently co-produced Björk’s latest album.

Working spontaneously, Arca follows the philosophy of ‘first thought, best thought’, and mentions, “I try to set the conditions for me to write a song that flows out. I tried not to judge myself during the process.”

Featured originally in Champ Issue 9 
Portrait City Series – Shot by Ollie Adegboye in New York (2015)

Arca, Champ Portrait City Series Photo: Ollie Adegboye
Arca, Champ Portrait City Series Photo: Ollie Adegboye
May, 2018