Kala Barba-Court

Freelance Writer & Photographer based in Shanghai

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Hello, I'm Kala, a freelance writer and photographer who recently moved to Shanghai from Paris.
I'm the editor for PlainMagazine.com and a writer for Shopikon.com (Paris). I also contribute to Untapped Cities and other publications.
I write about art, culture, lifestyle, travel, music, food and expat-related topics.
Email me at kala.court (at) gmail (dot) com

Portfolio
PLAIN Magazine
12/01/2015
Guerilla Art Installations at a grocery store near you - PLAIN Magazine

Art is everywhere, and as far as Michigan artist and photographer Carson Davis Brown is concerned, not even the Walmarts or Targets of the world are exempt from this rule. Brown uses the warehouse-like discount chain stores as his gallery in his installation art series Mass, where he artfully arranges grocery store products into monochromatic ...

PLAIN Magazine
07/28/2014
Discover The Strangest Shops In Paris - PLAIN Magazine

Curiouser and curiouser! So goes the famous phrase from Alice in Wonderland, as she descends into a world that becomes increasingly stranger by the second. Paris, too, has a collection of odd establishments that are worlds away from your usual fare of pop-up shops and concept stores.

PLAIN Magazine
12/09/2014
10 Of The Coolest Product Packaging Designs - PLAIN Magazine

Are you guilty of judging a book by its cover? Join the club! In this day and age, the way a product looks is equally as important as the product itself. Packaging is - and always will be - a huge part of the interaction between designer and consumer, and we want something that will ...

Shopikon
01/04/2016
The Broken Arm, Paris - Shopikon

If you still aren't convinced that the northern Marais is home to the hip and trendy, then The Broken Arm will probably change your mind. Inside this airy, sun-drenched multi-brand boutique lies a vast selection of tasteful and desirable items by exciting young designers and esteemed brands such as Isaac Reina, Raf Simons, Aurélie Bidermann, Kenzo, Vans and more.

Shopikon
L'Eclaireur, Paris - Shopikon

Concept stores are aplenty in Paris, but L'Eclaireur had a head start on everyone else. It all started in a gallery basement along Champs Elysées in 1980, where Martine and Armand Hadida debuted beautifully-curated pieces by contemporary, fashion-forward labels and designers. Today, with five boutiques under their belt, L'Eclaireur continues to be a beacon of avant-garde and high-end fashion.

Shopikon
Bonton, Paris - Shopikon

Ever wonder how Parisian children manage to look so effortlessly chic at such a young age? The answer is they've probably been on a shopping spree at Bonton. This three-story boutique for children is run by Irène and Thomas Cohen, son and daughter-in-law of the owners of the clothing line Bonpoint and fellow concept store Merci.

Localers
Visit the Upper Marais

Once upon a time - in the 12th century, to be exact - a swampy area by the banks of the Seine was developed into a neighborhood which we now know as the Marais. By the mid-13th century, royals like Charles I of Anjou and King Charles V had settled themselves in the area, soon followed by other wealthy aristocrats.

Localers
Visit the Canal St. Martin

The Canal St. Martin attracts its fair share of flaneurs - a French term for dawdlers and strollers - who wander aimlessly down along the banks of this 4.5 km long canal built during the Napeolonic era.

Localers
Contemporary Art Galleries in Paris

Learn everything you need to know about the Contemporary Art Galleries with our travel guide written by local experts. A dense concentration of contemporary art galleries can be found in the Marais and Beaubourg, followed by Saint-Germain-de-Prés and the Champs Elysées area. Can't wait to get started?

Localers
Street Art in Paris

Learn everything you need to know about the Parisian Street Art with our travel guide written by local experts. Art seems to have managed to struggle out the canvasses and onto the streets of Paris. Ephemeral, fleeting, temporary : street art pops out at us from unexpected places in this city.

Untapped Cities
06/07/2013
Les Frigos: An Artist Squat in Paris' 13th Arrondissement

Surrounded by shiny new blocks of office buildings, a huge medieval-looking graffiti-covered warehouse stands proudly whilst sticking out like a sore thumb. This is Les Frigos, a city-owned building-turned-artists'-squat in the 13th arrondissement not far from the Seine. Every spring, the annual Portes Ouvertes (open doors) weekend grants walk-in visitors a chance to visit the 90-or-so ateliers within its walls.

Untapped Cities
02/07/2013
Brasserie de la Goutte d'Or: Paris's new craft beer brewery

In Paris, each arrondissement carries their own identity, and its inhabitants are proud of it. Sure, it sometimes borders on clichés (the 16th arrondissement is bourgeois, the 11th is bohemian, the 13th is Chinatown), but no one can deny that Parisian districts have their own vibe, sights and sounds.

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02/08/2013
Les Faceties d'Armando Romero exhibtion review

The sky covering Paris is an endless dull grey, as if colour has been sucked out of the city. But peering through the windows of the Inception Gallery in the Marais is enough to give you that boost of colour you need, thanks to Mexican artist Armando Romero's latest exhibition "Les Faceties d'Armando Romero ".

Localers
Paris with the kids Part 1 - Paris Travel Guide | Localers

When I was single in Paris (a period I wistfully refer to as Paris B.C. - Before Child), the city held daily promises of leisurely brunches, romantic dinners, and aimless wandering. An hour spent in a café reading a book? Perfectly possible - let me hop into the metro and head over to my favourite café.

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