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Mallika Rao
Mallika Rao reports on Asian and Asian-American art for the Huffington Post. She used to draw cartoons (of Lifetime movies) at Jezebel, and write all over the place.

Entries by Mallika Rao

This Man's Record-Setting Turban Weighs More Than A Child

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 8:54 PM

A neck is a narrow thing but that does not stop Avtar Singh Mauni from loading 100 pounds of turban onto his. A Sikh, in the city of Patiala, in the Indian state of Punjab, Mauni looks to have broken the current world record for turban size. Eyes (downturned from...

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도쿄에는 야생 앵무새가 살고 있다! (화보)

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 11:44 PM

누구도 몰랐을 테지만, 사실 도쿄에는 야생 앵무새가 살고 있다.

재팬 타임즈에 따르면 이 라임색 앵무새들은 도쿄의 중산층이 지난 1960년대에 인도와 스리랑카에서 애완용으로 수입한 인디안 링넥 앵무새(Psittacula krameri manillensis)가 야생화한 것이다.

사진 작가인 미즈타니 요시노리는 처음 도쿄로 이사 왔을 때 알프레드 히치콕의...

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These Portraits Of Moroccan Hipsters Are More Nuanced Than They Look

(19) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:09 PM

The New York Times sees shades of Matisse and Koons. ArtNet is convinced he's the next David LaChapelle. But Hassan Hajjaj, the Moroccan stylist and photographer, started out simply wanting to capture the essence of his home country in ways his buddies back in...

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インコが東京の空をライムに染める これは合成なんかじゃない

(4) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:47 AM


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David Lynch Explains The Dark Origins Of His Nightmarish Retrospective

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:51 PM

David Lynch's first museum retrospective in the U.S. is in Philadelphia, with good reason. "Fear, insanity, corruption, filth, despair, violence," the filmmaker told reporters Wednesday, all hung "in the air" when he was a student there in the 1960s.

The matter of Philly's darkness permeated this introduction to the exhibit,...

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Something Seems Very Wrong With Japan's 'Art Aquarium' Craze

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Time is running out to party with 5,000 fish in Tokyo. It's the last month of Art Aquarium, an annual Japanese installation/dance party that draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors to rock out amidst well-stocked aquariums. The most famous of the fish on display are kingyo, a...

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The Happiest Attendee At Burning Man 2014 Was This Drone

(6) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Even if you've never been to Burning Man, you're probably nostalgic for how it used to be. The weeklong festival, we are told with increasing frequency each year, has jumped the shark, catering to tech billionaires (and Grover Norquist) who eat sushi on the...

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When Madison Square Park Transformed Into A Modern Fairy Tale

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 5:20 PM

"What I learned is I do not know Annabel Lee nearly as well as I thought," Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds said Wednesday evening, wringing water from her platinum blonde hair. Clad in a black wetsuit that showed all her angles, she did not look like someone with Edgar Allen Poe on the...

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Une artiste transforme des centaines de vieilles chaussures en oeuvre d'art monumentale

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Les amateurs de l'artiste Chiharu Shiota la connaissent comme une araignée humaine, une femme qui entrelace objets et corps dans d'énormes toiles. Sa dernière installation, «Over The Continents», fait référence à cette tradition. Ce mois-ci, les visiteurs de la Freer Sackler Gallery de Washington...

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Hanging With The Girl-Kings Of One Of The World's Only Matriarchies

(20) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Mawlynnong isn't like the rest of India, or the rest of the world for that matter. Tucked into the jungle of the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya, on the border of Bangladesh, the village is home to the indigenous Khasi people. Theirs is a matrilineal society, where women inherit land,...

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Watch A Ridiculously Lynchian Trailer For David Lynch's Upcoming Museum Show

(4) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:02 PM

As a smart man once said, David Lynch is not James Franco.

The filmmaker, the internet is quickly learning, has multiple talents that are real. Before he ever touched a video camera, Lynch studied visual art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a dark building...

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'Stolen Innocence' Film Shines A Light On The Worst Brothels Of India

(64) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 9:56 AM

In 2011, Casey Allred, an American educator in India, noticed something strange. The school he ran was losing girls with each passing week. Teachers went to the girls' homes to investigate, but often there were no answers to be found.

"I will never forget the day that I learned the...

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The World's Largest Artist Colony Is About To Be Bulldozed

(67) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:27 PM

In the heart of New Delhi lives what is said to be the world's largest collective of performers -- puppeteers, drummers, monkey tamers, snake charmers, singers, acrobats, and more. Their family units can include more than a dozen members. Dads and moms pass their art down to the kids. In...

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Artist Turns Hundreds Of Old Shoes Into A Massive Installation

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Fans of the artist Chiharu Shiota know her as a human spider, a woman who weaves objects and bodies into enormous, room-sized webs. Her traveling installation, "Over The Continents," references this tradition. This month, visitors to the Freer Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. will...

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Happy Birthday To The Original Spitfire, Peggy Guggenheim

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 4:52 PM

One hundred and eighteen years ago today, Peggy Guggenheim came into this world. Eight decades later, she was gone, her ashes scattered next to the buried bodies of her 14 beloved Lhasa Apsos. As with everything she collected -- from modern art to lovers -- the...

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'Rice Bucket Challenge' Reminds World How Scarce Clean Water Is In India

(10) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Manju Latha Kalanidhi works as a reporter for Oryza, a niche publication devoted to rice. When she saw the social media craze known as the ice bucket challenge (which asks participants to raise funds and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) taking off...

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A Guitar Solo Set To The Exact Tune Of That Crazy, Weeping Japanese Politician

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 8:53 AM

In case you missed it the first time, the viral video of a weeping Japanese politician is back, better than ever. Ryutaro Nonomura's rambling, dramatic apology for spending $30,000 of taxpayers' money on nearly 200 visits to hot spring resorts was already pretty absurd; now it's...

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Yes, This Dog And Master Are 'Wearing' Each Other's Hair

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 9:07 AM

The Japanese artist Aki Inomata takes human/animal relations to new heights in her latest video installation. Titled "I Wear the Dog's Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair," the project is self-explanatory.

The artist collected large bundles of her own hair, as well as that...

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These Crafts Made By Japanese-American Prisoners Will Renew Your Faith In Human Ingenuity

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 7:46 PM

Half of the 120,000 prisoners were children. It was the start of the War Years, the turning from 1941 to 1942. Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor and President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered 90 percent of America's ethnic Japanese from their homes in retaliation. For four years,...

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Robin Williams' 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Daughter Wrote A Must-Read Tribute To The Late Actor

(16) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Tributes have been pouring in for Robin Williams, the wildly talented actor who died Monday in a suspected suicide. Williams was struggling with depression and addiction, but as mourners ranging from his widow to President Obama have pointed out by now -- his life's work spread...

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