Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr is an arts and features writer for The Independent.

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Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of the American electronic music duo Odesza perform on day three of the Coachella Music Festival

Odesza: How the Seattle dance-duo have gone from bedroom producers to festival highlights

From the home of grunge to UK dance floors

Keith Arnatt used humour to explore the notion of the invisibility of the artist

Sprueth Magers in London is hosting a new exhibition of the artist's work

Alanis Morissette could well be about to make a comeback

Alanis Morissette is back in the spotlight following duet with Taylor Swift on 1989 tour

After Taylor Swift introduced Alanis Morissette on stage to her own slightly mystified young fans, Gillian Orr asks: are we ready for a comeback from the Nineties queen of pop?

Lewis Carroll's portraits: The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author photographed some of the biggest celebrities of his day

Long before he became Lewis Carroll, Charles Dodgson was already holding up a mirror to society, as the first comprehensive catalogue of his works reveals

Santa Muerte: New photography book focuses on the devotees of the unorthodox religion

Meaning "Holy Death" or "Saint Death", Santa Muerte's critics have insinuated that the church has connections to Satanism, while others point out its popularity among Mexican drug cartels

Eric Schuett's portraits of villagers in peasant dress transport the viewer to another century

At the turn of the 20th century, many women still wore the dress, but by the 1950s, they'd become outsiders, often laughed at

Comedian Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer, profile: 'Trainwreck' star is the stand-up standing up to be counted

Just months ago she had to fake a fall to be noticed. Now the candid comedian is being hailed as the voice of a generation

Morris-Cafiero deliberately chooses crowded spots – tourist attractions, beaches, shopping malls – that she knows will be rife with curious onlookers

Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero's revealing project looks at passers-by, looking at her

When Haley Morris-Cafiero sets up her camera and strikes a pose, she can’t see the expressions of passers-by – not, that is, until she develops the photos. Gillian Orr talks to her about an extraordinary project
Pet detectives: police sniffer dogs

Calais crisis prompts a recruitment drive for police sniffer dogs and handlers

To catch illegal immigrants at the Eurotunnel depot in Calais, the PM has promised more sniffer dogs. But if he wants them in a hurry, says Gillian Orr, he can go whistle

Written in the West, Revisited: Wim Wenders has added 15 unseen Paris, Texas images

The German film-maker spent two months driving across the American West in 1983 scouting locations for his 1984 film

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