Our latest film and editorial, Love Has No Label, is a milestone in the truest sense. A collaboration between our own Christian Ruess, filmmaker Ben Galster and photographer Andreas Knaub, it is the very essence of Container Love and of everything we stand for. We all have got a history of going against people's expectations, and doing everything to pursue happiness. Because we know that people evolve and grow and there is no way anyone can keep them hidden in the men-made cages that are stereotypes.
Having memories that are dear enough to hold on to is a privilege – it was the people who made the premiere of Container Love’s Love Has No Label editorial an evening to remember. Because this is how one should celebrate diversity, queer beauty and love. This is how the premiere of Love Has No Label went down with the assistance of Berlin’s loveliest.
There are times when one just runs out words to describe something of great importance. We’ve been fans of Florian Hetz following his career and this is why we are very excited and also confident to say that his brand new photobook, AIKO is here to take his art to the next level. A photo diary in which nudes merge with the wonder of natural beauty and the mysterious loneliness of the pandemic, an absolute treat for anyone who’s feeling lost in these strange times.
There is really no point in playing games and overcomplicating life, when it could be as straightforward, brave and colorful as Romain Berger’s photography. After having seen his new and dangerously hot calendar called Bizarre, we sat down with Romain to talk about the fall of Parisian chic, sexuality and writing letters to Jean Paul Gaultier.
“The more people I’ve talked to, the more photos I took, the more I learned about the diversity of queerness” – Jesse van den Berg is a non-binary photographer based in the Netherlands. They’re on a mission putting the spotlight on people who miss representation even within the the queer communinity. We sat down with Jesse to talk about the challenges of portraying intimacy, the process of unlearning inhibitions and a brand new approach towards non-binary identity.
“I like to hold space for the chaos to unfold and then try to aim a camera at it” – there seem to be no limits to Jacobus Snyman’s imagination when it comes to fashion-driven photography. The South African-born photographer considers himself a late-bloomer who believes in the power of artistic experimentation, hard work and the human body. Incidentally, these also happen to be the best three phrases for describing his magic.
One doesn’t have to be brave to go to a place where terror ruled, but to ask the people living there about what they’ve gone through – award winning photographer Elliot Verdier went to Liberia to capture a country with a broken spirit that is yet too strong to give up its will to live. His latest photobook, Reaching for Dawn is not only an exceptional socio-cultural documentation of a latent trauma but a breathtaking work of art that everyone should see with their own eyes.
Surrendering to time never felt this easy – Ghanaian photographer Eric Asamoah shows us what the transition from boyhood to adulthood is truly about. His new series, called The Day After Tomorrow is a collection of magical pictures that will be able to change their narratives and eventually mature over time. To understand his concept better, we asked Eric to tell us more about his new, gorgeous pictures.
Our love affair with South African fashion just moved into an even higher gear – follow us now to the top of the barricades of a cultural revolution with Caroline Mackintosh’s and Christian Ruess’ gorgeous project focusing on South Africa’s new design generation. A story of sun-bitten spirits and crispy new ideas told in the colors, shapes and feelings right from the southern cape of the continent.
“Love means always looking out for the best in the next human being.” – Tatenda Chidora’s art is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, of wild colors and surreal setups. His work is largely based around his African identity and the idea of one’s reaction to the times we are living in, letting contemporary impulses trigger the game. Tatenda’s latest series, Thwebula, is a mixture of heritage and revolutionary visions, self awareness and self reflection in 2021’s Africa.
Photographer and director Maganga Mwagogo’s work needs no secret ingredients – it’s the colors, the lights, it’s the landscapes that make the Nairobi based photographer’s pictures truly stand out. Maganga’s latest collaboration with Zurich-based fashion brand Rafael Kouto is an exceptional, gorgeous series rooted in nature, the kind, the wild, the beautiful.
Summer is almost over. But we can't help but introduce Hiya Kaya, the SS21 collection by designer Rich Mnisi – a contemporary, multi-disciplinary fashion brand based in South Africa. We're completely in love with these colors and patterns and would love to be in this pure joy of life all day long. What we also adore is Rich Mnisi's love for nature - the styles are sustainable, the production is transparent and local, and the engagement is socially responsible. World, this is how fashion works today.
We all want to be seen, we all want to be heard - South Africa’s creative industry is experiencing a renaissance with fashion designers playing a leading role in carrying the fire. We asked Cape Town-based designer Lukhanyo Mdingi about his attitude towards colors, how he’s constantly reinventing his African heritage and about his philosophy of love that is strong enough to unite not only a country, but a whole continent.