Resilience: Tropico Photo; Michael Oliver Love; Ekow Eshun; Studio Gang; Romain Laprade; Liam Wong; Circulation(s); Gabriel Isak.
It goes without saying that these are unprecedent times. However, there is something to remember, and we should hold onto it – the human spirit! Great art changes lives. It takes you to new places and introduces you to a wealth of ideas. This issue of Aesthetica is a true celebration of humankind’s resilience.
I set up this company with Dale Donley in 2003 when I was 23 years old. I am an entrepreneur – since starting to publish this magazine, the Aesthetica brand has grown to include an Art Prize, Creative Writing Award, Symposium and a BAFTA-Qualifying film festival. All of this has been such a rewarding experience. I am truly honoured to have spent so many years surrounded by so many creative people.
Independent publishing has faced many challenges with digital, but we bucked the trend with print, using platforms like Instagram to reach new readers. We’re a bit like vinyl – tactile and tangible – something that people still love. It’s true, we have seen so many things happen over the last few years. The world has changed irreovcably since the noughties. There have been major societal shifts including a recession and the invention of the iPhone, widespread streaming and global social media use, as well as the rise of AI, VR and AR. We started working on this issue when coronavirus was largely on the periphery, but it has become ever-present in our lives. It’s dramatically changing the course of history, but I know we will be strong. This issue is about pushing forward with ideas, together.
Inside, there is a selection of in-depth features and interviews, alongside some of the most exciting practitioners who are redefining the boundaries of contemporary art. Ekow Eshun’s latest project, Africa State of Mind, is a publication that showcases work by over 50 contemporary photographers from the continent and its wider diaspora. Vitra Design Museum presents Home Stories, which surveys the last 100 years of interior design – looking at how the house has evolved into a home. This issue is bursting with inspiration. We could all use a bit of joy at the moment, so I hope you find some here.
The Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology celebrates the work of emerging and established practitioners from across the world, inviting audiences to be inspired by a wealth of ideas and perspectives. From Photographic & Digital Art and Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media, to Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture and Video, Installation & Performance, the works included in this year’s presentation come from diverse locations such as Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Singapore, the UK and the USA.
As the world is increasingly shaped by surveillance and data collection, the human condition has become one of rehearsal and performance. Exploring the wider effects of over-consumption, media stimulation and emotional disconnection, the artworks presented in the 2018 collection call into question new modes of communication, offering reflection upon the era of post-truth, where human autonomy can be reduced to calculable, predictable patterns of behaviour.
Each piece draws upon social and political structures to question the value that we place on the world around us and on ourselves. Selected from over 4,000 artworks, the 100 artists included in this publication look at a range of subject matter, from global financial systems to technology that replicates nature, creating a new vocabulary for life in the 21st century.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual celebrates established and emerging writers through a unique showcase of talent and imagination. This inspiring anthology includes a shortlist of 60 writers from the international literary prize, including a winner from both poetry and short fiction.
Harnessing the boundless potential of language with a variety of styles and techniques, the 2018 finalists offer limitless, unforgettable worlds.
Readers are invited to reconsider the human condition through inspirational, experimental and truly original narratives.
This is the ultimate package. Inspirational and elegant, it includes:
With the Creative Package, you’ll be kept up-to-date with current trends as they develop across the international art world, and will gain insights into the work of leading practitioners shaping contemporary visual culture.
Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.
Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards £1,000 cash prize to each category winner, plus publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers.
Resilience: Tropico Photo; Michael Oliver Love; Ekow Eshun; Studio Gang; Romain Laprade; Liam Wong; Circulation(s); Gabriel Isak.
Changing the Narrative: Cornelia Parker; Emmanuelle Moreaux; Claudia Andujar; Jamal Nxedlana; Alma Haser; Bastiaan Woudt.
Listen and Respond: Doug Aitken; Dawoud Bey; Julia Morozova; So AsA; Gohar Dashti; Ian Howorth; Olivia Jeczmyk; Thomas Jordan; Eddo Hartmann.
Standing Together: Edward Burtynsky; Jimmy Marble; Shirin Neshat; Judith Chafee; The New Black Vanguard; Laura Perrucci; Benedict Adu.
Living for Today: Parley for the Oceans; Unseen Amsterdam; Next Generation; Kyle Thompson; Rebecca Reeve; Studio Brasch; Alessio Albi.
The Power of Reinvention: Magnum Photos, Vishal Marapon, Lydia Whitmore, Clemens Ascher, Beate Sonnenberg, Letizia Le Fur and Sanja Marušić.
It is an extraordinary moment in time. We are dealing with the disruptive impact of politics and the influence of new technologies on our lives…
Idea Generation: Eamonn Doyle, Orange Culture, Bauhaus, Matias Alonso Revelli, Bethany Murray, May Parlar, Henri Prestes, Uwe Langmann.
A Renewed Perspective: Marta Bevacqua, Nirav Patel, Rebecca Reeve, Gianfilippo de Rossi, LM Chabot, Six N. Five, Whitney Hayes.
Making An Impact: Alessio Albi, Olafur Eliasson, Alexis Christodoulou, Kris Provoost, Sing-Sing, Louis MacLean, Glashier and Laura Zalenga.
Global Initiatives: Sally Emily, James Casebere,
Kevin Krautgartner, Brooke DiDonato, Romain Veillon, Esther Hovers, Thomas Wrede.
A New Way of Seeing: Alex Prager, Elena Mora, Carolina Mizrahi, Ole Marius Joergensen, Victor Micoud, Isabella Ståhl and Jon Setter.
In The Moment: Adrienne Raquel, Patty Maher, Tekla Evelina Severin, Salvador Cueva, Alexis Pichot, Edgar Martins, Aesthetica Art Prize 2018.
Beyond the Horizon: George Byrne, Yener Torun, Sallie Harrison, Eric Ogden, Anastasia Cazabon, Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy and Vikram Kushwar.
Collective Regeneration: Stephen Shore, Cig Harvey, Kevin Cooley, Tekla Evelina Severin, Clarissa Bonet, Tania Franco Klein and Dean Bradshaw.
A New Normal: Elise Mesner, Eric Dufour, Hayley Eichenbaum, Metz + Racine, Kelsey McClellan, Kovi Konowiecki, Benoit Paillé and Alec Soth
Mapping the Present: Jonathan Knowles, Ben Zank, Julia Körner, Matthieu Belin, Marcus Palmqvist, Maik Lipp, Sylvain Biard, Paul et Martin
State of Flux: Jimmy Marble, Steve Bainbridge, Andreas Gefeller, Giovanni Gastel, Reine Paradis, Jenny Holzer, Romain Thiery, Nikola Olic.
Understanding the Contemporary Condition: Feridun Akgüngör, Hideaki Hamada, Diffusion Photography Festival, Sally / Emily, Ethetics.
Making Sense of the Future: JUCO, Anna Di Prospero, Reginald Van de Velde, Ricardo Bofill, United Visual Artists, Elemental Living.
Social Ingenuity: Lauren Marsolier, Gregory Crewdson, Romina Ressia, Patrick Joust, Giorgio Stefanoni, Cristina Coral, Julio Le Parc.
Intuitive Connections: Sebastian Weiss, Mária Švarbová, Natalia Evelyn Bencicova, Aurélien Villette and Ben Thomas, Chiharu Shiota.
Addressing Transition: Michael Wolf, Gabriel Isak, Frédéric Delangle, Benoit Paillé, Rebecca Louise Law, The Next Generation 2016.
Bold Opposition: Jacques Ferrier, James Casebere, Kristina Varaksina, Clemens Ascher, Ori Gersht, Holly Andres, Marie Hald.
Process versus Outcome: Laurent Kronental, Christopher Payne, Alicia Savage, Cara Barer, Pierre Paulin, Photo London, Joshua Jordan.
Visionary Progression: Saul Leiter, Women Photographers from the Arab World, Eric Ogden, Julia Hetta, Amy Harrity.
Past Presence: Maia Flore, Olafur Eliasson, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Iris van Herpen, Kourtney Roy, Ari Gabel, Tom Kundig, Emma Hartvig.
Structural Exchange: Lilli Waters, Guillaume Lechat, Greg Girard, René & Radka, Pedro Costa and Emily Jacir.
Bespoke Ingenuity: Sarah Charlesworth, Matthieu Venot, Laurent Chehere, David Adjaye, Ellen Kooi and Dutch fashion.
Designing Innovation: Lori Nix, Ellie Davies, Carlo Cafferini, Kostas Murkudis, Caio Reisewitz and Candida Höfer.
Insight and intrigue: Jürgen Schrepfer, Anja Niemi, Guillaume Grasset, Yossi Michaeli, Astrid Verhoef and Eskil Vogt.
Experimentation with the new: Barbara Kasten, Douglas Coupland, Dries Van Noten, Viviane Sassen, Lynda Benglis and Matthias Heiderich.
The idea of the unconventional with Anne Collier, Frank Gehry, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Guy Bourdin, Todd Hido and Julie Cockburn.
Progress and change: The Future of Fashion is Now, Lee Boroson, Olafur Eliasson, Stephen Shore, Barry Cawston and Richard Tuschman.
The 60th edition of Aesthetica celebrates innovation: Annette Messager, Christopher Williams, Robert Capa and Susan Hiller.
The idea of the unexpected: Barbara Kruger, Louis Kahn, Robert Adams, Stan Douglas, Matt Henry, Thomas Jorion and Michel Gondry.
Artistic output: Ernesto Neto, Bernard Tschumi, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Phil Bergerson, Nadia Lee Cohen, Kourtney Roy and Richard Ayoade.
Experimentation is the key component to innovation: Martin Creed, Isaac Julien, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Prager and Sam Heydt.
Reflecting on the past and future: Paul Smith, Isa Genzken, Philippe Parreno, Cally Whitham, Maroesjka Lavigne and Cornelia Parker.
Redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning: Elmgreen & Dragset, Alejandro Chaskielberg and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.
Boundary pushing artists: Jason Rhoades, James Turrell, Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, Julie Blackmon and Gail Albert Halaban.
New Structures: Alfredo Jaar, Rodney Graham, Jasmina Cibic, Miles Aldridge, Michael Craig-Martin, Ben Wheatley, Formento & Formento.
Cultural Intersections: Amalia Pica, Julio Le Parc, Rudy Burckhardt, Bharat Sikka, Pedro Reyes, Astrid Kruse Jensen and Akram Khan.
Material Impact: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Garry Winogrand, Michael Eastman and Marquis Montes.
The 10th Anniversary Issue: Sanja Iveković, Dorothy Bohm, Isa Genzken, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Prager and Evgenia Arbugaeva.
Collaboration is a catalyst for unexpected outcomes: William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Tim Walker.
Unexpected moments: Penelope Slinger, Cig Harvey, Akif Hakan Celebi, Ed Atkins, Alastair Siddons and Malik Bendjelloul.
New ways of seeing: Edgar Martins, Jimmie Durham, Mel Karch, Matthew Akers, Marina Abramović, Martina Gusman and Polly Morgan.
Critical thinking and wider narratives: Jeremy Cooper, Los Carpinteros, Roger Ballen, David Creedon, Jeff Hahn and Karl Markovics.
Exploration and re-examination: Cindy Sherman, British Design 1948-2012 at the V&A, Shilpa Gupta, Jes Benstock and Staves.
Locating identity: Sharon Lockhart at SFMOMA, Anselm Kiefer, Zarina Bhimji, Pablo Giorgelli and Christoph Benjamin Schulz.
Interconnectivity of art and politics: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935, the Turner Prize, Silja Magg, Sallie Aprahamian and Frankie Shea.
Time and awareness: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Charles Matton and Mariah Robertson.
Cultural transformations: Bruce Nauman, Jason Schembri, Cory Arcangel, Marina Abramović, Semih Kaplanoğlu and Underground Railroad.
In the spirit of celebration: James Turrell, Wim Wenders, Alice Anderson, Kate MccGwire, Zoë Gray, Pedro Janeiro and Matt Bissonnette.
Redefining visual culture: Anna Parkina, Haroon Mirza, Susan Hiller, Stefanie Braun, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and Marc Evans.
The first decade of the new millennium: Art Fashion Identity at the Royal Academy, David Spiller, Gilles de Beauchêne and Alan Haydon.
Achievement in the face of adversity: Neeta Madahar, Mechanical Couture, Rebecca Handler, Clio Barnard and Andrea Dunbar.
The current state of play: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Stuart Brisley, Javier Fuentes-León, Jannica Honey, Ruffians and Rob Da Bank.
A celebration of bold risk taking: Jonathan Wateridge, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, Sean Raggett and Frightened Rabbit.
Exchange of ideas: Marina Abramović, Stuart Semple, CONTACT photography festival, Yorgos Lathimos and Rufus Wainwright.
Ingenuity, innovation and pushing artistic boundaries: OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS, From Floor to Sky, Bani Abidi and Martin Koolhoven.
Digital world: Barbara Kruger, Tim Burton, Digital Design Sensations at the V&A, Yojiro Takita, A.A. Bondy and Simon Robson.
Challenging the boundaries of art and fashion: Martin Parr, Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Alex Box, Telekinesis! and Keith Donohue.