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27th September 2018

From 7pm to 9pm at The Factory 45


Featuring Max Barnett, Bex Day, Masha Mombelli and Jacob Mallinson Bird.

The talk will discuss their experience and how gender fluidity became natural in the narrative of their work, the challenges faced and how they transformed gender fluidity to a strength in their career, the importance of controlling our own narrative in visual culture in order to keep the discussion open and get rid of gender stereotypes. Finally the role and the importance of education/academia, media and society in creating public awareness. We will end the talk with a Q&A, music and drinks.


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Max Barnett - Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of Pylot Magazine.


Max Barnett is a Photographer, Magazine Editor, and Image Editor based in London.

He moved to London in September 2010 in order to complete a BA in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster. While studying he developed the original concept for a new magazine, which later became PYLOT Magazine. 

PYLOT was officially launched in 2014 after Max assembled a small team, who worked together to create the magazine’s identity. He currently works as the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of the magazine. 


Alongside starting a magazine, Max has established a career as a freelance photographer, working with a range of clients and magazines.





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Bex Day - Fashion and Documentary Photographer


Bex Day is a photographer based in London. Her work focuses on humanity. Anthropological with a twist of the surreal, her imagery has the ability to tell a complete story within one frame, a factor aided by carefully selected locations, casting, lighting and positioning. The viewer is often encouraged to relish a long, sustained look at minute details within the imagery.


She has given lectures on her work at Cambridge University, The Hepworth Gallery, Recylart, Brussels, and the Vogue Italia Female Gaze Exhibition 2016, as well as being nominated for the Magnum Graduate Award 2016. Her clients include i-D Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Carven, Stella McCartney, Adobe, AnOther, Topshop, Garage magazine...

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Masha Mombelli - Stylist and Art director

A London-based fine art graduate from Serov College and Vladimir Sterligov’s school in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Masha Mombelli applies the education to her work as a fashion editor, art director and stylist. Collaborating with a broad spectrum of clients spanning from leading magazines to celebrities and high street brands, she uses pieces of garments in a sculptural way shaping multilayered looks by playing with colour, volume and texture. 


Masha has contributed to Harper’s Bazaar, Numero, Vision China, Interview, Puss Puss and Hunger, and her cultural commentary has enriched many roundtable discussions on SHOWstudio during Paris and London fashion weeks.



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Jacob Mallinson Bird


Jacob Mallinson Bird is a drag queen, under the pseudonym Dinah Lux, a model with Tomorrow Is Another Day agency, and a doctoral researcher in Musicology at the University of Oxford.


In his drag work, Jacob is a member of Sink the Pink, and regularly performs both in the UK and abroad; recently he was invited to the International Festival d’Hyères to perform as Dinah, playing a piano recital in drag at the Villa Noailles by day and performing burlesque routines by night.


As a model, Jacob has walked shows in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo, for clients such as Raf Simons and Jonathan Anderson; he has also appeared in campaigns for MAC and ASOS.


Alongside this, Jacob is working towards his DPhil in Musicology from the University of Oxford. Having gained First Class Honours in his BA in Music from Cambridge University and a Distinction in his MSt from Oxford, his DPhil, titled “Becoming Queen: Voices, Bodies, and Technologies in Drag Lip-Sync Performance”, interrogates the role of the voice in lip-syncing and the self-actualising benefits it may hold for the drag queen performer. Off the back of his work in academia, Jacob has also given a TEDx talk at The Courtauld on the relationship between music, drag, and queer futurity.


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