View of the Arts is a British online publication that chiefly deals with films, music, arts, and fashion, with an emphasis on the Asian entertainment industry.
We have a solid content base available to our readers and we are hoping our audience will grow with us as we begin to explore new platforms such as K-pop, and continue to dive into the talented and ever-growing scene of film, music, and fashion worldwide.
Maggie Gogler is an arts journalist and film critic who is passionate about Korean and European Cinema as well as music, arts, and fashion. Maggie has been interested in cinema since she was 15 and discovered love for Korean films in 2004 when she saw Kim Ki Duk’s The Isle. She supports British and Asian independent film-making and enjoys producing creative and interesting projects, including dance shows. Maggie is the co-founder and the owner of View of the Arts as well as the main contributor.
Roxy Simons is a journalist and film critic who has been in love with Japan and Japanese cinema ever since she first set her eyes on Sailor Moon at the age of five. Since then she has become fascinated with the culture, cuisine, and history of the country, and has a particular love for Rurouni Kenshin and Shaman King. She has also developed a love for Korean cinema over the years, and can often be found listening to K-Pop during her free time. Roxy is the co-founder of View of the Arts and the chief editor of View of the Arts.
Ajda Rozina first fell in love with Korean culture – its society and traditions. As a Korean Studies graduate she lived in South Korea for two years and now maintains her Korean skills by teaching the language. She also holds a master’s degree in English Education. To offset her various responsibilities, she sings loudly (and off-key) in the shower, likes completing jigsaw puzzles, and collects argyle socks. Ajda is View of the Arts‘ translator: English-Korean and Korean-English.
Julia can be defined by two things: her love of literature and her love of music. As an English graduate from the University of Birmingham, she spends most of her time reading fantasy fiction and attempting to write it herself. She also enjoys immersing herself in Korean entertainment and culture – a passion which began when she was first introduced to the world of K-pop as a teenager. Julia is View of the Arts‘ copy editor in addition to working as a freelance editor for The Book Shelf.
Abi Aherne is a film critic based in London. Her favourite type of film is anything incredibly melodramatic, over the top, and bound to make you cry. When she’s not watching films, you can find her talking about Moulin Rouge, eating pasta or waiting for her Nintendo Switch to charge. Some of her favourite films include God’s Own Country, Memories of Murder, Lady Bird, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Alistair is a film and culture journalist from Leeds. As a freelance writer, he’s been published in Vice, GQ, Little White Lies, Digital Spy, and the BFI website, in addition to regularly contributing reviews and interviews for Film Inquiry, The Digital Fix, Awards Watch, Vague Visages, and Zavvi. He’s also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ film critics’ association.
Narine Chalabi is a freelance photographer who loves to capture the reactions and interactions between artists and their fans. She first got into concert photography back in 2015 when she took a camera along with her to The London Korean Festival and captured F(x) and Guckkasten live. The same year she also photographed MIYAVI and One Ok Rock. Narine is View of the Arts‘ live music photographer.
Jinny Park is a creative photographer who is passionate about live music photography. She has been a professional photographer for the past five years and has never looked back. Jinny captured the likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Oh Sees, Papooz, Madison McFerrin, and many Korean artists including Dok2Gonzo, Bursters, and Seven O’Clock while living in London. She has also had solo photography exhibitions in London and in Seoul. She has now moved back to Seoul, where she is pursuing her passion for photography. She is View of the Arts’ live photographer for events taking place in South Korea.
Dr Colette Balmain is a senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Kingston University. She specialises in East Asian cinema and cultures and has written numerous articles and reviews focussing in on identity politics, aesthetics and ideology. Her first book was Introduction to Japanese Horror Film (EUP: 2008) and she is currently working on an edited collection on BTS as well as a monography with a working title, Beyond the symbolic: performative masculinity, authenticity and emotionality in BTS. She also writes for London Korean Links, EasternKick and Asian Movie Pulse. Dr Colette Balmain is View of the Arts‘ guest contributor.
Ana Šturm is a historian and sociologist with a special interest in the invisible affairs of everyday life. A pluviophile, dendrophile, anglophile and – most of all – cinephile. Lost in movies, addicted to coffee, ginger, and first snow. She writes about movies, works at the movies, and organizes events and festivals so that others can watch movies. In 2015 she attended Berlinale and Sarajevo Talent Campus for young film critics. She is a member of the editorial board of the Ekran magazine and a founding member, and since 2017 main host of the first Slovene film and popular culture-themed podcast FilmFlow.
Sanja has decided to concentrate on her own writing. Thank you for everything and we wish you all the best.
Sanja Struna is a freelance translator, film journalist, writer, an avid reader, and a perpetual dreamer. She loves cinema in general, but fell especially in love with Korean cinema some odd years ago – and never looked back. She now spends a solid portion of the year travelling the world, discovering great new (and old) films at various global (and local) film festivals. Sanja is a member of FIPRESCI and was a contributor and the chief editor of View of the Arts.