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Complex Landscape

Ingrid Pollard unpicks complex notions of British identity whilst examining the relationship between human bodies, geology and deep time.

New Visionaries:
Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2022

This year, we invite you to engage with themes from our rapidly changing world. These 20 pieces – both individually and collectively – disrupt the status quo.

Hyperreal Photography

Here are five photographers engaging with ideas of simulation and artificiality – presenting intriguing visions of landscapes and cities through the lens.

Enhancing the Museum

Virtual events have increased in popularity by an estimated 35% since 2020. Given this increased appetite for digital, how can AR transform museums?

Chance Encounters

Bieke Depoorter’s images explore questions surrounding the authenticity of photography, blurring the boundaries of “artist” and “subject”.

Personal and Political

Artist and activist Poulomi Basu’s current exhibition discusses the need to speak up to create a world where women have true freedom and equal choice.

Engaging with the World

Cornelia Parker is best known for transforming everyday objects to address issues of violence, human rights and environmental disaster.

Visions of Utopia

Serena Dzenis’s pastel-toned images question the idea of making humans multiplanetary, transforming everyday structures into otherworldly scenes.

Staged Compositions

Andreas Mühe is one of Germany’s best-known artists, recognised for his explorations of sociological, historical and political themes.

Visualising the Impossible

Katie Paterson condenses subjects of vast scope and significance into singular artworks – navigating the the geological history of our planet.

Machine Dreaming

Refik Anadol is a pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence, creating immersive data sculptures and paintings to make invisible information visible.

Ode to Community

“I love the way an image can escape its original tether and move through time to become something else.” Roy Mehta’s photographs are on view in London.

A Moment of Contemplation

Gal Shahar is an Israeli photographer who looks at image-making as a form of literature – considering the stories which play out in our daily routines.

Lens for Celebration

Visual artist. Stylist. Editor. Photographer. Trevor Stuurman is all these things and more – recognised as “the king of creativity” and “a cultural force.”

History, Technology and Legacy

Artist duo Feipel & Bechameil are influenced by our growing dependence on technology, considering the consequences of a robotised world on humans.

Portals to the Future

Afrofuturism is a movement combining science fiction, history and fantasy. Amongst today’s artists working with its legacy is Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.

Fluid Definitions

At a moment of unprecedented creativity in fashion and reflection on gender, London’s V&A museum brings the history of “menswear” into focus.

Pavilions of Change:
Venice Biennale 2022

The 59th Venice Biennale reflects on the unpredictability of the contemporary moment. We select 10 must-see shows from the 2022 edition.

Distorted Reality

“Why do we feel that we belong in some places and not in others?” asks Lise Johansson, an award-winning photographer based in Copenhagen.

Resisting the Canon

Namsa Leuba uses photography to question the western gaze and imagination, considering the complex ways cultural identity is recognised.

A Major Retrospective

A new show in Denmark offers European audiences a chance to re-engage with Diane Arbus’ body of work – enduring for its emotional complexity.

Rankin On: Nocturnal Photography

“Photography is magic, and at night it can be even more so,” says Rankin, the renowned documenter of British culture. Now, he’s teamed up with Three.

Objects, Memory, Heritage

John Edmonds’ solo exhibition as the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award brings together intimate studio photographs and meticulous still lifes.

Atmospheric Compositions

Dina Furrer is a Dutch photographer and visual artist based in Tilburg. Her varied portfolio largely comprises still lifes and landscapes; richly detailed works show bold experimentation with colour. Inspiration comes from within the artist herself as well as nature and everyday life.

The Hyperreal Everyday

Plastic bags get caught in barbed wire, basketball hoops cast silhouettes, tree trunks glow in the darkness. These are images by Rickard Grönkvist.

Harmonious Flow

Gao Hong is an established artist based in China. He started painting using oil and in recent years his focus is the use of ink, in which traditional Chinese materials are combined with modern techniques. City and rural life, development and tradition, and survival and death are key themes.

Photo London 2022: 5 to See

Britain’s preeminent photography fair returns to Somerset House this month for its seventh edition, highlighting an array of galleries and publishers.

Northern Diary

Robbie Lawrence is best known for sensitive approaches to image-making and documentary: placing the human experience front and centre.

Forms of Abstraction

The word ‘abstract’ derives from the Latin abstractus, or ‘drawn away’. Today, lens-based artists continue to push the boundaries of the genre.

10 Questions with…
Larry Achiampong

Ahead of the Future Now Symposium 2022, we catch up with the award-winning artist, who will be discussing the question: “Who Controls History?”

A Multi-Layered Perspective

Lalla Essaydi’s work confronts myths of Orientalism – restaging 19th century paintings from the Western canon in large-scale colour photographs.

5 Exhibitions for Earth Day

From digital art to textiles, outdoor installations to aerial photography, these exhibitions reflect on life in the Anthropocene, envisioning potential futures.

Thread of Humanity

Aesthetica speaks to photographer Nadav Kander, who has produced some of the most mesmerising portrait and landscape images of recent times.

Colour and Creativity

Iswarya Venkatakrishnan is a self-described colour enthusiast – constructing unexpected, playful and humorous compositions out of paper.

Opportunities for Creatives:
Future Now 2022

We highlight five unmissable events at our symposium: from portfolio reviews with industry to talks about funding, art masterclasses and more.

Beyond the Curtain

Erik Johansson’s images fall, seamlessly, into the category of phantasm: bending and stretching reality through the folds of visual metaphor.

The Mystery of Pictures

Self-taught photographer Giorgia Bellotti reinterprets René Magritte’s thought-provoking imagery for a 21st century audience.

Interrogating History

The 2020-2022 winners of the Tokyo Contemporary Art Award explore complex historical events – pushing the boundaries of what art can be and do.

Unmissable Artist Talks:
Future Now 2022

This year’s symposium features unmissable talks from leading creatives. They will discuss topics from photography and video art to activism and history.

Choreographing Images

“One of the burdens of photography is that we think of it as a two dimensional medium.” A new Dayanita Singh retrospective opens in Berlin.

Perceptions of Space

A new exhibition acknowledges the shadow of serial lockdowns, showing how they have altered our perceptions of images and the wider world.

Spheres of Convenience

10 million tons of plastic are dumped into oceans annually, more than a truck load every minute. Vitra Design Museum brings these topics into focus.

Images, History and Memory

Diane Meyer photographed the length of the former Berlin Wall. From the city centre to suburbs and forests, she obscures the prints with hand-stitching.

Photographic Elegy

Ioanna Sakellaraki’s poignant photobook taps into humanity’s ongoing struggle for meaning, especially in the face of mortality and loss.

A Fresh Gaze

The nude is as old as art itself. A groundbreaking new exhibition at Fotografiska, New York, celebrates a female-identifying perspective on the genre.

Digital Trailblazers:
Talks at Future Now 2022

This year’s Aesthetica symposium taps into the relationship between digital art and the climate, whilst explaining the fundamentals of NFTs.

Natural Balance

In a new show, Vanessa Winship presents different shades of winter— from yellowing leaves on branches to snow-covered roads and frozen marshland.

Creative Regeneration

Barbican revolutionises the climate conversation, showcasing art as a speculative tool which can help us to bring about sustainable futures.

The Age of Immersion

The Light and Space movement emerged in the mid-20th century during technological optimism. How has it evolved with the rise of the digital age?

Human Stories:
The April/May Issue

The new print issue of Aesthetica is all about human stories, and how we must never give up in the face of adversity. Dive in to our preview.

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