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Eight out of the twenty-two photographers selected for FreshFaced+WildEyed exhibition are from LCC

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

FreshFaced+WildEyed, an annual competition for recent graduates, is now in its seventh year. Following an online application process, this year’s panel of judges, Sophy Rickett, David Drake, Sheyi Bankale and Brett Rogers select twenty two outstanding bodies of work from graduates nation-wide for an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery and an online gallery. This exhibition will run till Sunday 20 July.

Out of these twenty-two graduates, this year eight are from LCC: Alice Myers, Elina Moriya, Ian Rudgewick-Brown, James Duncan Clark, Lidija Kononenko, Marcello Simone, Tanya Clarke and Tracey Fahy.

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

James, whose photographs explore the relationship between London’s Olympic Park and its inhabitants, explains “I’m absolutely delighted to be showing at such a prestigious venue. The quality of all the work from all the graduating students is very high, so it’s a privilege to be involved.”

Lidija has been shortlisted for her six short films called ‘A Guide to Walking in Public’. They investigate the visual language of the body within social contexts.

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Lidija Kononenko, 2014.

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Lidija Kononenko, 2014.

 

By giving graduates a public platform at a critical point in their careers FreshFaced+WildEyed aims to showcase the talent and diversity of photographic practice emerging from BA and MA courses across the UK.

Following the exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, selected finalists will have the opportunity to work with a mentor for twelve months.

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LCC laboratory DigiLab powers usability behind environmental web tool FetchClimate

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Dr Amanda Windle works on the FetchClimate interface project

London College of Communication’s DigiLab – an interdisciplinary research laboratory – is behind the user experience of FetchClimate, a web tool designed to improve data access for environmental scientists. Principle Investigator Amanda Windle worked with Jason Rainbird to deliver the user experience and design.

Developed by the Computational Science Lab at Microsoft Research, in collaboration with the MSTLab at Moscow State University, FetchClimate brings together existing environmental datasets from agriculture, biodiversity, climate and oceans and enables access to the data in a streamlined way.

With FetchClimate users based at over 40 global sites, a stress-free user experience was key to the project’s success. LCC’s DigiLab designed several possible interfaces and conducted user interviews before creating a visual navigation that is both intuitive and engaging.

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The FetchClimate web tool in action

DigiLab fellow and Principle Investigator Dr Amanda Windle explains:

“One of the biggest challenges we faced while working on FetchClimate was discerning how environmental scientists understand time; specifically climate time, which has its own logics.

“Scientists refine their searches over and over which means this tool has to be robust enough to deal with refining searches and entering the same data many times without the scientist gaining repetitive injuries.

“As a result, FetchClimate has many possibilities and is flexible to including more environmental data as it evolves over time.”

As FetchClimate is a significant asset to the scientific landscape of environmental knowledge, DigiLab have ensured that using it to find and understand environmental data is as easy as possible.

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LCC Summer Shows 2014 Round-Up 2: School of Design

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Visitors enjoying the School of Design Private View. © Ana Escobar

While LCC’s Summer Shows 2014 were split between the School of Media and the School of Design, a single visual identity had to be designed for the whole Summer Shows season.

This massive task was the responsibility of designer and LCC alumnus James Gilpin, who wanted to reflect the breadth of creativity and physical resources within the College buildings.

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We were very happy to see such a great reaction to his work, particularly the printed invitations!

Invitations sent, the School of Design took over a huge number of rooms and gallery spaces in order to showcase its diverse range of courses.

The show ran for a week in late June, and the Private View on Thursday 19 June was jam-packed with industry, press and students’ friends and family.

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One BA (Hons) Interaction and Moving Image exhibit strung across the Atrium was a particular hit with visitors.

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Courses exhibiting elsewhere in the College were BA (Hons)/FdA Animation, BA (Hons) Books Arts and Design, BA (Hons)/FdA Design for Graphic Communication, BA (Hons) Digital Media Design, BA (Hons)/FdA Games Design, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media, BA (Hons)/FdA Interior Design and BA (Hons)/FdA Surface Design.

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At an Alumni Celebration Evening hosted by Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College Natalie Brett, LCC graduates old and new were invited to reconnect with the College, meet old friends and tour the exhibition.

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Congratulations once again to all staff and students who played a part in LCC Summer Shows 2014. Below are some of the ways you can relive the excitement until Summer Shows 2015!

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Show 2: School of Design Private View

Show 2: School of Design – The Work

LCC Alumni Celebration Evening

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LCC Summer Shows 2014 Round-Up 1: School of Media

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BA (Hons) Film and Television screening at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

Another spectacular London College of Communication Summer Shows season has drawn to a close and we’re looking back on the most exciting events and exhibitions of the past five weeks.

Settle in for a round-up of School of Media highlights, with the School of Design to follow very soon!

Kicking off the schedule was BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design, who held their Private View in the unique exhibition space of Hotel Elephant on Tuesday 3 June, with the show continuing until the end of that week.

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View at Hotel Elephant. © Ana Escobar

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View at Hotel Elephant. © Ana Escobar

Following close behind on Wednesday 4 June were BA (Hons) Advertising, who held a conference and pop-up exhibition here at the College, and BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television (Top-up), who showcased their work to industry aboard the Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment.

The biggest School of Media event of the season saw BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism students exhibiting their work to friends, family, press, industry and members of the public in all the College’s gallery spaces.

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BA (Hons) Photojournalism students at their Private View. © Ana Escobar

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Visitors enjoy work by BA (Hons) Photography students. © Ana Escobar

The exhibition ran from Monday 2 – Saturday 7 June, with Thursday’s Private View a busy and buzzing success.

Film- and television-based courses held their prestigious industry screenings off-site, with BA (Hons) Film and Television first to present their work to a huge turnout at BFI Southbank on Thursday 12 June.

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The BA (Hons) Film & Television showcase at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

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The BA (Hons) Film & Television showcase at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

The final event in the run took place at Leicester Square’s Prince Charles Cinema, where BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students showed off their work during an all-evening extravaganza on Thursday 26 June.

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BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students at the Prince Charles Cinema. © Ana Escobar

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BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students at the Prince Charles Cinema. © Ana Escobar

Congratulations to all the staff and students who made this year’s School of Media events so successful, and thanks to everyone who attended any of the shows above. We hope to see you again next year!

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View

BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design: The Work

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism Private View

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism: The Work

BA (Hons) Film and Television Showcase

BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice Showcase

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News // LCC student scoops Tigerprint Award at New Designers 2014

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‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, Paige Cartledge, 2014.

Paige Cartledge, one of this year’s BA (Hons) Surface Design graduating students, has just won the New Designers Tiger Print award. Her beautiful collection of wallpapers and stationary entitled ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ has earned her a £500 cash prize and a six month paid placement across Tiger Print’s two studios.

We caught up with Paige to find out a little more.

Tell us a bit about your collection?

My collection was inspired by the early 16th Century ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ and my fascination with natural history, taxidermy and the curation of museum displays. I began by visiting as many natural history museums around the UK as I could get to, and started to illustrate the specimens from the Ornithology collections that I found most interesting. Combining my love for drawing, natural history and screen printing, I created a collection of hand printed wallpapers and stationary aimed at celebrating the wonder and beauty within our natural world, and hopefully re-capture our inner curiosity.

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‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, Paige Cartledge, 2014.

How did you feel when you found out that you had won the Tiger Print award?

I was very overwhelmed when I found out I had won the Tiger Print award. I have only discovered my style of working just over a year ago so it was amazing to receive such great feedback and interest. Tiger Print have been a great inspiration throughout my creative practice so I can’t wait to be a part of their team.

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‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, Paige Cartledge, 2014.

What does the future hold for you?

I start my paid 6 months placement with Tiger Print in August but before then I have a bit of freelance work lined up. In the future I hope to continue to sell my work and set up my own business, selling my work online and through various stockists.

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‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, Paige Cartledge, 2014.

See more of Paige’s work

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News // LCC MA graduate wins UAL’s prestigious Mead Fellowship

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MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Online) graduate Monica Alcazar Duarte has won the 2014 Mead Fellowship, designed by UAL to support new and recent graduates in the pursuit of excellence in their creative practice.

The Fellowships of up to £10,000, along with the undergraduate-focused Mead Scholarships, are awarded to those who have demonstrated outstanding ideas in practice across a wide range of creative sectors, or the use of creative solutions in other sectors.

The proposed project for which Monica secured the Fellowship, ‘Forerunners’, will involve the production of a series of nine books focusing on individuals who are leading their lives in an extraordinary way.

We asked Monica to tell us more about what she has in store.

“At some level the project relates to the moment we are going through as a society today. Today we find ourselves watching the economic and environmental crises with concern, wondering what is next.

“I am examining a series of questions in this project. How do human beings adapt, survive and change in extraordinary circumstances? How does transition lead to transformation and enable us to face inevitable changes in life?

“It is such an exciting opportunity to have been awarded the Mead Fellowship. As a recent graduate embarking on the next phase of my practice this support is invaluable.

“The fellowship will allow me to further my independent research and produce my next body of work outside the scope of University. It will also enable the exposure of my work to a wider audience.”

Monica is currently preparing to start the practical phase of the project and is looking forward to sharing her discoveries in more detail!

‘Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers’, Monica Alcazar Duarte, 2014.

‘Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers’, Monica Alcazar Duarte, 2014.

‘Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers’, Monica Alcazar Duarte, 2014.

The Mead Programme is managed by Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) and generously supported by philanthropist Scott Mead, a London-based fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor.

Read Monica’s alumni profile

Read about MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Online)

Read about the Mead Scholarships and Fellowships

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LCC win at D&AD New Blood Exhibition

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This week, from Tuesday 1 July – Thursday 3 July, D&AD’s New Blood exhibition and festival took over Old Spitalfields Market. LCC’s School of Design had a stand at the festival showing ‘EDIT 01: Design Works’ a book which celebrates the work of a selection of handpicked undergraduate students.

The School of Design won ‘Best New Blood Stand’, which D&AD awards to “the stand-out stand. One that catches the eye, makes you want to stop, look, and find out more. Once inside, it needs to function well as well as looking good. It should do a good job of presenting the students and their work. ”

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LCC’s stall at D&AD New Blood

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LCC’s stall at D&AD New Blood

Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design explains, “Exploring the multi-faceted, trans-disciplinary, cross-media and hybrid fields of graphic, interaction and spatial communication design, these students stand at the cross-section of traditional and digital practice. At LCC aim to foster creative practitioners empowered and aware of their ethical, moral, cultural, social, economic and environmental responsibilities as 21st century citizens and designers.”

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LCC’s stall at D&AD New Blood

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LCC’s stall at D&AD New Blood

As a winner LCC will now get a complimentary D&AD Education Network Membership.

EDIT 01 editors: Professor Lawrence Zeegen // Tara Hanrahan // Caroline Roberts // Ash Williamson // Louise Fowler

Read more about LCC’s School of Design

 

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Event // Public Relations and The Visual: Exploring Identity, Space and Performance

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The Network for Public Relations and Society is an international research network exploring the practice of public relations from a social perspective. Based at LCC, they bring together scholars and practitioners to explore the wider societal significance of public relations and seek to bring about change in the way it’s conceived and practiced through research, events and practical projects.

One such event is the upcoming day-long conference at LCC on Wednesday 9 July; Public Relations and The Visual: Exploring Identity, Space and Performance. The conference will bring together PR practitioners and academics to debate the role of visual dimensions in public relations theory and practice.

Participants will explore a variety of viewpoints to conceptualise the industry and debate new ways of thinking about and visualising practice. MA Public Relations Course Leader Sarah Roberts-Bowman explains that the overarching aim of the event is to encourage collaboration and partnership between practitioners and academics to develop new thinking across the field.

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One of the many workshops at last year’s PR conference.

Sarah explains “we’ve recently been speaking about the idea of having ‘academics in residence’ as a solution to bridging the PR academic-practice divide. Whilst this would be an industry first, it’s this fresh perspective that the conference facilitates which helps us to generate some really innovative ideas.”

Keynote speakers include:

*Ian Burrell, Assistant Editor and Media Editor, The Independent – PR’s Identity in a Post-Clifford World

*Glenn Tutssel, Executive Creative Director, Brand Union – Where Next For PR and Visual Communication

Find out more about the event and get your tickets here

Read more about Sarah’s ‘academics in residence’ idea here

Read more about MA Public Relations

 

 

 

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James Gilpin // Summer Shows 2014

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LCC graduate James Gilpin headed up the design for our Summer Shows identity. Graduating in 2008, James studied BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design specialising in Interaction and Moving Image, and went on to study at the RCA. He has worked as a creative director and interaction designer for brands such as Nike, Gap, UAL and Arsenal football club. He now runs a production company specialising in design and build services for exhibitions, retail environments and artist commissions. We caught up with James to find out a bit more about his work and his time working with LCC.

Tell us a little bit about the thinking behind the Summer Show’s identity and how you approached the project?

LCC has a unique set of facilities rare amongst other colleges and institutions; photographic and television studios, darkrooms, gallery spaces, broadcast and printing studios, newsrooms and 3D workshops. It was important that our designs work across the breadth of the courses available, equally representing both the School of Media and the School of Design.

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James and his team in the workshop.

The signage needed to play to the scale of LCC, have gravitas and impact. Our job was to create intrigue and draw the public into the Summer Shows. The biggest challenge we faced was to frame a diverse range of student work within a system that is well crafted and carries the LCC persona, but does not take away from the student work.

I collaborated with fellow alumni Shaz Madani, a great designer whose work I had admired for a long time and had not found the opportunity to work with. She brought a great deal to the table and working together we carried the physical aspects of the project across the printed materials.

We knew that the design must be bold, instant and impactful. We had lots of leaning boards at the workshop which I have always loved sculpturally and when Shaz found a visual reference of some big film flats leaning against a country house it all clicked together and with a few prototypes and iterations we arrived at a signage system that was simple, beautiful and scalable.

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Piecing together the main 6m high board.

We began with the very large 6m high panels in the exterior signage and then began to reduce the scale as you moved through the exhibition. Our printed material at the other end of the scale still maintained the significance of the material properties combining different stocks and sizes.

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Work in progress.

Why is sustainability so important to you, and how do you integrate sustainability into your work?

We often work with institutions that already have sustainability high on their agenda and this was no different with LCC. There can often be a temporary nature to our work and so again I feel it is very important to be considered when choosing materials and working out how to push the lifespan of a material giving them a second life where possible.

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Work in progress.

All the timber used for the show build has been sustainably sourced. Actually the larger poplar timbers used as the feet to the external boards were cut down by the council just a few miles down the road from the College. They were then machined at a mill around the corner from our workshop and finished by us. We also consider our impact when doing the making; at the workshop we also have a furnace which is able to safely burn all of our waste material which in turn keeps us all warm through the winter months.

We plan to give the materials used here a second life during green week at LCC where we will run workshops with students to extend their making abilities and hopefully leave the school with a few nice bits of furniture.

What are some of your favourite materials to work with?

My Dad trained as a cabinet maker so I guess for a long time I avoided wood and would rather be turning a nice lump of aluminium on the lathe. These days, though, wood is a big part of my practice and I love turning freshly cut oak or ash. I am experimenting a lot at the moment with pieces of furniture which will combine steel and ash together. There is something very satisfying about the clean meeting point between the two materials.

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James workshop.

What was your favourite part of working on this project?

Getting to bring graphic design back into my work. Working with Shaz and another UAL graduate, Jasper van den Bosch, was great fun. It was a very physical design process where we could test designs on a daily basis constantly making prototypes and testing finishes alongside designing the printed materials.

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James, building the show.

How does it feel to have received such a positive response to your work on this project?

I always think that things need to be well crafted in order to demand more than a passing glance and so if people have stopped for long enough to assess and comment on the work then I think we have done something right and I can take allot of satisfaction in that.

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Summer Shows 2014 invites, from Its Nice That, 2014.

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Read It’s Nice That’s review of James work

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LCC Success in the Magenta Foundation’s tenth anniversary ‘Flash Forward’

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Your Mind & Body Is All That You’ve Got II, Jocelyn Allen.

In the Magenta Foundation’s tenth anniversary ‘Flash Forward’ thirty of the hundred selected emerging UK photographers are LCC Alumni or current students.

Established in 2004, The Magenta Foundation is a non-profit charitable arts publishing house based in Canada. Magenta was created to organize promotional opportunities for artists, in an international context, through circulated exhibitions and publications. Magenta works with respected individuals and international organizations to help increase recognition for artists while uniting the global photography community.

Jocelyn Allen, a current LCC MA Photography student was a Flash Forward winner in 2012 for a project about her family called ‘One Is Not Like The Other’. Jocelyn’s work is predominately self-portraiture and she is currently working on two projects based on ideas of hiding and revealing.

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Your Mind & Body Is All That You’ve Got II, Jocelyn Allen.

Corinne Silva, who recently completed her AHRC funded PhD at LCC in December, is now a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), also based at LCC.

Corinne was a Flash Forward winner in 2010 and 2011. Her latest ambitious photography project is based in the Mediterranean and is called ‘Rocks and Fortresses’. She has recently shown her work in London and the Middle-East.

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New suburb of Tangier placed in former mining region La Unión, Murcia, from Imported Landscapes site specific installation and photographs, Corinne Silva, 2010

All LCC Alumni and Students Featured:

Peter Ainsworth // Olivia Arthur // Polly Braden // Philipp Ebeling // Melinda Gibson // Lydia Goldblatt // Léonie Hampton // Edgar Martins // Kurt Tong // Jon Tonks // Jocelyn Allen // Maxwell Anderson // Thomas Ball // Poulomi Basu // Briony Campbell // Altheia Casey // Richard Chivers // Teresa Cos // Jackie Dewe Mathews // Sophie Gerrard // Matthew Robert Hughes // Moira Lovell // Vilma Pimenoff // Valentina Quintano // Zhao Renhui // Corinne Silva // Toby Smith // Emma Jane Spain // Luca Spano // Anastasia Taylor-Lind

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