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Interviews2024-05-06T09:59:18+02:00

Container Love

Interviews

In-depth interviews with photographers and painters, designers and taste-makers, actors and activists – people who inspire us, revealing the stories behind their work, their passion and their projects.

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Container Love

Opinion

The space for our guest-writers and columnists, artists, activist, queer opinion-makers to share their thoughts and personal stories reflecting on relevant topics, broadening our horizons by discussing diversity and the freedom of love in our modern day society.

Painting Wojciech Wos

Alex Gessner: Pride For All Or None Of Us

Opinion | The Hidden Dimension|

Alex Gessner shares her perspective into the current state of LGBTQIA2S+ communities in 2023, amidst a backdrop of increasing attacks and discrimination. This Container Love opinion sheds light on the urgent need for solidarity and action, calling on companies and individuals to go beyond performative gestures and embrace real inclusivity. From workplace discrimination to global struggles, Alex called out that it's time for true liberation and equal protection for all members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Adrián Gomis Exposito: The Absence Of Love

Opinion | The Hidden Dimension|

Adrián Gomis Exposito explores the struggles faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals in understanding and expressing love due to societal norms and mental health issues. This Container Love's opinion emphasizes the importance of creating an open and supportive environment for conversations about sexuality, self-expression, and the self-identity journey at their own pace, free from judment and pressure. Adrian reflects on how empowering everyone is fundamental to live authentically and create supporting environments.

Luise Zücker: Fashion As A Tool Of Identity

Opinion | The Hidden Dimension|

Inspired by the immense power of fashion as a tool for self-expression and identity exploration, Luise Zücker shares her opinion at Container Love. From historically secret dress codes to modern-day creative liberation, fashion speaks volumes without words, and Luise shared her own journey of finding identity through fashion and how it has influenced her work as a self-employed powerful female designer. Empowering women and LGBTQIA+ individuals in the fashion industry, she celebrates diversity, representation, and the ongoing pursuit of a more inclusive world.

Cora Hamilton: Fit In Or Lose Out

Opinion|

For trans and gender non-conforming (gnc) models, the use of sample size means stamping out their “otherness” and fitting the cisgender mould, equating being cis to being better – Container Love guest author and co-founder of the exclusively LGBTQIA+ talent agency, uns* Cora Hamilton explains one of the fundamental flaws of the fashion industry and how it’s high time for some of its old rules to be rewritten.

Adam Munnings: Is This A Safe Space?

Opinion|

“Sometimes all we want is just to be, to exist in a space where we don’t have to explain, prove, justify or defend ourselves”, states film director Adam Munnings in a new guest collaboration opinion for Container Love. His interpretation of a safe space and how that translates into a club experience.

Interview

Ryan Pfluger: Until We Are All Free

Los Angeles photographer Ryan Pfluger’s new book Holding Space: Life and Love Through a Queer Lens is not only a rare documentation of couples being both queer and interracial, but an immensely moving piece of art.

Max Gaertner: All Colors Of The Rainbow

Beyond Lust | Interviews|

Dance can bring all kinds of emotions to the surface while liberating the mind and body – Max Gaertner is part of Container Love’s latest project, the music video for the song by The Irrepressibles, "Ecstasy Homosexuality". As part of our latest Beyond Lust special, we asked Max to tell us about his behind the scenes experience, a personal queer icon he’ll never forget, and the freedom and tranquility he’s found in dancing.

Karma Di Sapio: No New Life Comes Easy

Beyond Lust | Interviews|

It takes time and courage to unlearn old ways of life, but rebuilding new is always worth it – Berlin-based actor and model Karma di Sapio plays an important role in our latest film, the music video for The Irrepressibles’ song, Ecstasy Homosexuality. In conversation with Container Love, Karma told us about his upbringing in Italy, his journey of self-exploration, lust, and why playing a voyeur carries a special relevance to him.

Elias Brenneisen: Everybody Needs Something To Believe In

Beyond Lust | Interviews|

By just putting yourself out there, you will be rewarded with people around you that shine bright and who will help you thrive even more – Berlin-based dancer and model Elias Brenneisen belongs to a new generation of fearless queer creators. Member of the cast of our music video for The Irrepressibles’ Ecstasy Homosexuality, we asked Elias to share his story on finding his identity and confidence in Berlin, the importance of role models, and the magical effects on one’s life of keeping it casually sexy.

Ricardo Rozas: Built By Us, Built For Us

Beyond Lust | Interviews|

Queerness can give you the strength to take risks building your own path – Berlin-based tattoo artist Ricardo Rozas was key to Container Love’s latest project, the music video for The Irrepressibles’ song, "Ecstasy Homosexuality". Now part of our Beyond Lust special, we asked Ricardo to tell us about the balancing act of experiencing ecstasy, some of his dearest childhood memories of the Chilean shoreline, and why Berlin remains the place to be for people on the quest for finding themselves.

Dario Campo: The Promise Of Change

Beyond Lust | Interviews|

Radical acceptance can break down barriers – Berlin-based dancer, director and filmmaker Dario Campo played an important role in our latest music video for The Irrepressibles’ Ecstasy Homosexuality. As part of our Beyond Lust summer special, we asked Dario about how leaving perfectionism behind helped him to become a better storyteller, the duality of living in Berlin, and the liberating experience of getting a queer haircut.

Olivia Ghaliongui: To End An Era Of Discontent

Spring Is My Love | Interviews|

Paris photographer Olivia Ghalioungui pictures are coming from a quiet place yet cut straight through the noise of modern life. As always, the magic is in the details and in Olivia’s unique approach to taking pictures, exploring both analog and digital format mediums, focusing largely on fashion photography and portraiture.

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No. 223: Internet Adolescence

Taking photos the same way a director would shoot a movie – Chinese photographer Lin Zhipeng, better known as No. 223, is an artist whose photography is bending both genre and gender.

Caroline Kynast: My Point Of View

Photography | Interviews|

Berlin-based photographer Caroline Kynast is known for her unique eye for genderless fashion. She expresses creativity and important messages through her work with Container Love. Experience her captivating street style photography journey, where she captures the vibrant essence of fashion with quick thinking and spontaneity.

Lie Ning: Whispering Queer Intimacy In Your Ear

Interviews|

Adored multi-talented artist and November’s global cover of Spotify Glow, Lie Ning, presents, in an exclusive conversation with Container Love, his latest hot music project named ‘sweatshop’, singing about intimacy, connections, and sex. Trust us, we love it!

Tarik Tesfu: The Power Of Trusting Yourself

Interviews|

Labels prevent you from reaching your full potential – journalist, podcaster, performer, and an iconic advocate for genderless fashion, Tarik Tesfu is as real as all-around talents get. In conversation with Container Love’s founder Christian Ruess, Tarik opened up about growing up black and queer in Germany, why he doesn’t like to be called an activist, and how his brand new album, Mutterland, has led him into a new era of self-consciousness.

Ayan Yuruk: “Being True To Yourself Should Be A Life Motto For Everyone”

Interviews|

Beloved queer role model Ayan Yuruk, one of the Fab 5 from Queer Eye Germany, brings a charming and confident energy to everything he does. In conversation with Container Love, Ayan shares bits of his successful young career, the accidental jump on TV, and also the challenges he has faced along his journey into becoming a charming personality in Germany.

Gialu: Non-Binary Representation’s Sweetheart

Interviews|

One of the most exciting voices of non-binary people representation on social media these days. With only 25 years, Gialu lives unapologetically while inspiring generations with quality educational content that celebrates non-binary and trans lives. Gialu shares with Container Love their perspectives about a world that moves forward in queer affairs but still faces several challenges to achieve true inclusion.

Maxwell Poth: Empowering Queer Youth

A Decade Of Love | Interviews | Books|

Maxwell Poth, in conversation with Container Love, presents his latest book, "Young Queer America: The Real Stories and Faces of LGBTQ+ Youth." Through his nonprofit organization, Project Contrast, the photographer and advocate shares details about his life and this project, aiming to continue raising awareness about mental health and create a safe space that fosters a sense of community for young queer individuals in the US.

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Laurence Philomène: Changing Seasons

We sat down with Laurence Philomène to talk about the idea behind Puberty and the queer and trans people of the future.

Ben Galster: The Call Of The Hidden Dimension

The Hidden Dimension | Interviews|

F​​ilms should make you think about the lives and feelings of others, helping you to learn something new about yourself too – in Container Love’s latest short film, The Hidden Dimension, awarded with Silver Screen at Cannes Young Director Award, director Ben Galster dove deep to capture the beautiful and complex mind of queer visual artist Leo Maki and the challenges behind his craft. We sat down with Ben to talk about his principles in filmmaking, queer visibility, and the unique visual storytelling of The Hidden Dimension.

Ira Lupu: Documenting Homeland Under Attack

The Hidden Dimension | Interviews|

Ukrainian photographer Ira Lupu opens up about the implications of the war in her life and career, including her last documentary photo series Time of the Phoenix portraying her nation under attack. She shares with Container Love the decision behind going back to Ukraine under attack, and the ways that society has come together to protect their country, including having queer military units.

Jan Baszak: Sculpting Spaces

The Hidden Dimension | Interviews|

After a great reception of his last work “The Discomfort of Evening" Jan Baszak sits down with Container Love to talk about his approach to arts as a sculptor and a designer. The inspiration behind his creations and the ways of crafting space. The queer artist also shares his vision upon the current state of LGBTQIA+ rights in Poland and the political scenario.

Krystian Lipiec: Coming Home To You

The Hidden Dimension | Interviews|

Warsaw artist Krystian Lipiec’s story is one of personal growth, one that has been documented through his gorgeous imagery that he likes to refer to simply as beauty photography. In conversation with Container Love, he told us about the forests surrounding his mother’s house, his coming out, and how overcoming hesitation has changed his life forever.

Alex Huanfa Cheng: Leaving Wonderland

Photography | Interviews|

Paris-based photographer Alex Huanfa Cheng has been exploring and simultaneously pushing the boundaries of documentary photography all of his career. A beautiful clash of two worlds, he is using his experience in fashion to show everyday scenes from three continents and purify them until the point when there is nothing left of reality but a feeling.

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Vico Ortiz: What Does Queer Visibility Really Mean?

An Essay of Love: We sat down and spoke with the iconic Our Flag Means Death actor Vico Ortiz to discuss visibility, identity and queerness.

Bruce Labruce: Disturbing Realities

Interviews | Books|

Bruce LaBruce is a continuous art showcase and a reference for queer culture. From one project to the next, the artist, writer, filmmaker, photographer and director has always navigated different topics with a distinctive provocation.

Veronique Charlotte: Portraying Queer Bodies Through Gender Project Is A Political Statement

Photography | Interviews|

A mix between arts, activism and the opportunity to connect deeper would probably define Gender Project but also Veronique Charlotte, its creative director. In a sweet interview with Container Love, they share thoughts and experiences about gender dysphoria, their career in high fashion, the disappointments of the industry and the need of raising the level of the conversation when talking about LGBTQIA+ legislation and rights.

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