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Abstracted Movement

Jessica Backhaus arranges tiny paper cut outs in the Berlin summer sun. As the shapes begin to curl and bend, she captures their dance-like forms.

Cultural Malaise

Eliza Bourner is a lens-based artist capturing cinematic self portraits of postmodern living; alienation, loneliness and unease.

Creative Disruptors

What do tomorrow’s designers, makers and influencers look like? Nottingham Trent University’s Showcase provides the answer.

Pictures of Health

This year’s Wellcome Photography Prize shortlist turns the lens to issues surrounding mental health, global heating and infectious disease.

Expressions of Nature

Circles of red, swirls of yellow, splashes of green. Colours blending, separating and pooling. These are kaleidoscopic works by SPONK.

Invented Spaces

Sarah Doyle’s images are bold, abstract and contemporary, with sand covered staircases, teetering matches and stacked pink discs.

Intimate Spaces

Deana Lawson’s powerful portraits, which won her the Hugo Boss Prize 2020, draw on symbols of historical paintings and religious iconography.

Images, Nature, Wellbeing

Around 9 in 10 people surveyed in 2020 agreed that getting outdoors is good for mental health. Ben Butling responds through visual communication.

Visualising the Unseen

Richard Mosse uses a highly stylised visual language that forces us to look at subjects in a different way. A retrospective opens in Bologna.

Innovation and Resilience

Carmarthen School of Art is a creative community fuelled by ambition, innovation and vision. They’ve launched one of the largest online shows.

5 to See: Arles 2021

As Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival returns for 2021, we’ve collated shows to note – exploring masculinity, race and urban expansion.

Analogue Reflections

Hazy blue forests. Close-up portraits. Black and white roads, extending into the distance. Maria Meco’s images move between fiction and reality.

A Sense of Wonder

Photographer Freya Madeline Tate crafts cinematic images. Suitcase in hand, a figure descends stairs, purchases tickets and stares into fields.

The Constructed Self

Karen Navarro’s unconventional portraits investigate the intersections of identity, self-representation, race, gender and belonging.

Next Generation

Join us for a morning of panel discussions and find out who wins the Aesthetica Next Generation Award 2021 – celebrating the best new talent.

New Creatives: 10 Shows to See

How have artists responded to the pandemic? What are the latest trends, ideas and media? Discover our top 10 graduate shows. You saw them here first.

Global Resonance

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is back for its 25th edition. The shortlist presents artists who use the medium in original and surprising ways.

Improvisational Spirit

Julia Buruleva’s bright, bold and unusual images combine performance and installation – filled with a spirit of experimentation and play.

A Pioneering Lens

James Barnor is a highly significant modernist photographer, best known for capturing iconic images of London and Accra during the 1960s.

Visual Ambiguities

“Mystery feeds my imagination.” Erwin Olaf’s latest photobook delves into 40 years’ work. The artist speaks to Aesthetica about the new release.

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