Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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Nicola Okin Frioli's photographs reveal cosplaying is more than just dressing up

Cosplay (simply a portmanteau of costume and play) has been a popular global movement since the 1990s, and sees communities come together to role play

You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern

From Matisse to Hockney: Here's what makes a smash-hit art show

Henri Matisse's cut-outs are the most popular exhibition the Tate Modern has ever had, but who else is top of the art charts?
Nadav Kander 'Fengjie III (Monument to Progress and Prosperity) , Chongqing Municipality', 2007

From Berenice Abbott to Nadav Kander, the Barbican's architecture photography exhibition is an alternative history of modern man

Architectural photography not only documents our built worlds, but the very best will reveal something more about the societies in which they are taken

The stored containers at the Container-Terminal

Bernhard Lang's aerial photographs reveal the impact humans have on the environment

It was flying over Russia on his way to Tokyo 10 years ago that first awoke Bernhard Lang's obsession with aerial photography; passing over Siberia's snowy landscapes in particular made an impression on him.

Long shot: The world’s longest usable golf club is 14ft 5in

Guinness World Records turns 60: The publication remains a bestseller by celebrating the weird and the wacky

Gillian Orr finds out why we still care about the longest burp
Teresa Dimech's photograph of the Brown family children at Spring Farm, 1960-1961

German artist Kathrin Böhm has gathered photographs of Londoners hop-picking in Kent

The artist came across the custom of spending summer holidays on farms by chance and decided to find out more by placing an ad in a local Dagenham newspaper. She was subsequently inundated with dozens of anecdotes, memories and photographs

Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress and veil were decorated with drawings done by her six children (File photo)

How to make your children's artwork last forever

Angelina Jolie's wedding dress was decorated with her children's artwork, but there are even more 'creative' ways of advertising your offspring's scribbles, says Gillian Orr

Exile Josef Koudelka travelled across Europe to photograph its Romani people

A year after Russian tanks ploughed into Prague in August 1968, Josef Koudelka found himself exiled in London. His photographs of the Soviet-led invasion had been published around the world, and a return to his homeland was considered a risk, reprisals for his work being a very real threat.

Singer-songwriter Perfume Genius on his new single and a fierce new reinvention

There is a purpose and it is music,’ says Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, talking of his new drink- and drug-free lifestyle

Gothic revival: artist Dave McKean’s poster for Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

Gillian Orr traces the movement from Stoker to Kate Bush and asks why we're so drawn to the dark side
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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea