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Sophie Foggin

CASA Festival 2017 Reviews: Stardust

An incredible, compelling performance mixing physicality, mime, art, audio and monologue, Sophie Foggin saw Miguel Hernando Torres Umba’s Stardust at the 2017 CASA Latin American Theatre Festival.  The start of Miguel Hernando Torres Umba’s Stardust is ambiguous. In a chatty conversation with the audience, he subtly introduces the play by telling us the story of […]

Anyone’s Child Could be a Casualty of the War on Drugs

Anyone’s Child is an international network of families who share personal stories of lost family members or loved ones due to the failures of current drug laws. They campaign for the legalisation of drugs as a preventative measure to end a cycle of similar tragedies. Often demonised in the UK, consumption of illegal narcotics is […]

Amazon Voices

Alborada screened ‘Amazon Voices’, a documentary about oil extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon and its effect upon indigenous communities, at Goldsmiths, University of London. BristoLatino’s Editor-in-Chief Sophie Foggin was there. Sumak Kawsay, the Kichwa expression for ‘good living’, involves living in harmony within one’s community and taking care of the madre tierra. It is this principle that the indigenous peoples […]

Art Focus: Cristina de Middel

BristoLatino editor-in-chief Sophie Foggin shares her thoughts on ‘Gentlemen’s Club’: the IN FOCUS series by Cristina de Middel, after a visit to the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition’. A single Google Image search of the word ‘prostitution’ presents us with long legs, high heels, lacy underwear and fishnet tights. In other words, images […]

Media Coverage Through Culture-Tinted Glasses

BristoLatino editor-in-chief Sophie Foggin shares her thoughts on how the media coverage of Rio 2016 could have influenced viewers’ thoughts on Brazil. “Mass media always views large-scale events with an element of national prejudice”, commented Brazilian author and journalist Juliana Barbasa, at the ‘What can we learn from Rio 2016?’ conference on Tuesday 18th October. […]

Accessibility in the Olympic city of Rio

Originally written for Rio newspaper O Globo, Sophie Foggin investigates accessibility in Rio de Janeiro for wheelchair-users and those with disabilities, as the 2016 Olympics approach. She interviews English wheelchair-user, Emily Yates and Paralympic rower, Tom Aggar. The Centre of Rio de Janeiro, often described as the heart of the city, is a far cry from the beautiful […]

Watching Narcos…in Colombia

Bogotá resident Sophie Foggin reveals what Colombians make of the much talked-about series Narcos. Sophie is currently interning at El Tiempo, Colombia’s top-selling newspaper. “Are you watching Narcos on Netflix?”. This is one of the most frequently asked questions from my friends at home.“Of course I am,” I tell them. What they don’t know, however, is […]