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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPGameOn

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPGameOn, which asked participants to celebrate the beginning of the 2014 World Cup (@fifaworldcup) and cheer on their countries with creative and photos and videos. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.


#WhoIFollow: @minnagilligan’s Psychedelic Playgrounds of Color

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from Minna and her favorites, follow @minnagilligan, @petrafcollins, @filmmefatales, @thefamilyacid and @beciorpin on Instagram.

Melbourne artist Minna Gilligan (@minnagilligan) sees Instagram as a personal gallery space where she can define her aesthetic and see her work in a fresh context. She describes her vibrant art as “psychedelic playgrounds of color,” which often feature characters from her collection of old books, objects and ephemera. “I like the idea of plucking people from a kind of cultural debris and then repurposing them into my own narratives.”

Minna, who frequently contributes to Rookie (@rookiemag), an online publication for teen girls, says that she finds inspiration everywhere. “I love making up stories about the lives of objects before I found them. I remember encounters with people, relationships, friendships—all of these things fuel my work.”

Here are some of Minna’s favorite personal gallery spaces to visit on Instagram:

  • Petra Collins (@petrafcollins) – “Petra Collins is a photographer who lives in New York. She also works for Rookie magazine with me, where we have collaborated on a number of collage series. I admire her as an artist immensely and am addicted to her magical Instagram feed.”
  • Filmme Fatales (@filmmefatales) – “My friend Brodie Lancaster (who also writes for Rookie!) edits this zine about women in cinema. She’s just about to release issue #4. It is brilliant.”
  • The Family Acid (@thefamilyacid) – “This Instagram account is amazing, they post scans of slide photography from the 1960s to the 1980s. The original photographs were taken by Roger Steffens and curated by his daughter Kate Steffens. My favourite photographs they post are from Vietnam in the 1960s. So, so fascinating.”
  • Beci Orpin (@beciorpin) – “Beci Orpin is a designer, illustrator and author in Melbourne. Her work is fresh, sharp and fun, and I look forward to when she pops up on my Instagram feed, a guaranteed smile!”


Saving Taiwan’s Rainbow Village

To view more photos and videos from Taiwan’s Rainbow Village, explore the 彩虹眷村 Rainbow Village location page.

In the hills outside Taichung in western Taiwan, a tiny village shines with bursts of color.

Every day, an elderly veteran—known locally as Grandpa Rainbow—adorns the walls of a former veterans’ retirement home with colorful paintings. His work has led to the town’s nickname: Rainbow Village. The village is under threat of demolition for development, but locals continue to petition for the relics to remain while avid Instagrammers travel to see Grandpa Rainbow’s intricate handiwork.

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