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Tuning Into Nature

Chip Skingley is a Photography BA graduate from UWE Bristol. The images explore the power of walking and reconnecting with the environment.

10 Quotes: Contemporary Photographers

Discover visual and textual inspiration from today’s leading image-makers. These photographers offer meaningful insights into their craft.

Expressive Figures

London-based Courtney Bae is a Korean artist recognised for her abstract figurative works. A new series of paintings is launching this summer,

View from Above

David O’Meara’s photo composites walk a fine line between forms, evoking a familiar sense of longing
whilst hovering above pedestrian crossings.

Mutual Realities

The difference between being “seen” and being “watched” is important to Rineke Dijkstra’s work, which explores human development over time.

Poetic Meditation

Isaac Julien offers a poetic meditation on the life of Frederick Douglass – a visionary African American writer, abolitionist and a freed slave.

Soul of a Nation

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the final venue to present ‘Art in the Age of Black Power.’ Curator Kanitra Fletcher speaks to Aesthetica.

Virtual Photography Shows

There is a wealth of content to explore online. Log on to these visually striking exhibitions to explore themes of travel, escapism, myth and solitude.

Language and Connectivity

Filipe Peregrino’s AR project encourages intercultural exchanges, to make people from all around the world feel valued and welcome.

New Photobooks to Read

From representations of the body to Hopper-esque images of the American landscape, these new releases are curated to inform and inspire.

Layers of Sound

What is it like to record a song during lockdown? Leeds School of Arts graduate Luka taps into the complexities of human relationships in a new single.

A Luminous Horizon

Jordan Pope’s images use colours as a way to express emotions, creating dreamy hillsides at the rise and fall of the day.

Pennsylvania Transformed

Chris Hytha grew up in a small town suburb outside of Philadelphia, fascinated by the city and its urban pull. His images build a surreal narrative.

The August / September Issue

Now is the time. This modest sentence is the driving force behind the new issue. It’s a phrase that is bold and empowering. It is a call to action.

10 Quotes: Contemporary Artists

Aesthetica compiles insights from 10 leading names working today – exploring the importance of creativity, and what “art” means to them.

UK Shows to See this Summer

Museums and galleries are starting to reopen across the UK, with safety measures in place. Aesthetica highlights recommended shows to visit.

Design as Adventure

Mountains cover one fifth of the earth’s surface, but are only sparsely populated. We look at how unforgiving terrains offer a test bed for new ideas.

Intimate Portraiture

Zanele Muholi is a visual activist who reclaims the lens, providing a platform for black lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex individuals.

Structural Manipulation

Alex Lysakowski’s unexpected compositions focus on over-consumption and global production, as seen through exaggerated architectural forms.

Vivid Depiction

Yannis Davy Guibinga’s pronounced photographs are part of an expansive conversation about the representation of Africa and its wider diaspora.

Imagined Architecture

Alexis Christodoulou is a Cape Town-based artist who specialises in three-dimensional renders. He draws on the parameters of video game graphics.

Playful Combinations

Ulaş Kesebir & Merve Türkan utilise bold primary colours and minimal sets, using draping materials and block furniture to subvert domestic spaces.

Nocturnal Exploration

The seventh edition of Next Generation, an annual feature showcasing new photography graduates from the London College of Communication.

Sense of Connection

Julia Fullerton-Batten’s latest series, Looking Out From Within, was shot over the last few months of lockdown across London neighbourhoods.

Modes of Iconography

With the role of the selfie, how has portraiture changed? Is any idea authentic? Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song consider new visual archetypes.

Digitised Landscapes

Following a UN report on the effects of a 1.5°C increase, Google Arts & Culture’s Heartbeat of the Earth series makes sense of the key conclusions.

Change and Abstraction

How can painting reflect the mood of an era? This is the question at the heart of Gazelli Art House’s exhibition, exploring 1960s painting in the UK and US.

Celebrating Print

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards has announced the long and shortlist for the 35th edition of the award, championing the photobook in a digital age.

Technology and the Self

Screens are everywhere. How often do we notice them? Archie Brooks is a graduate from Leeds Arts University questioning this relationship.

Aesthetica Archives: Digital Renders

How far do we need to be convinced that something is real? Discover three creatives making new illusory worlds and impossible landscapes.

Ren Hang: Capturing Youth

“Photography plays a very important role in my life… like eating, walking or sleeping. There’s no difference.” A new Ren Hang show opens in Italy.

Takeover: Cig Harvey

This weekend, Harvey takes over Aesthetica’s Instagram feed, sharing images which uncover cinematic moments in the everyday.

Investigating Consumption

A new programme at London’s San Mei Gallery aims to raise questions about contemporary food culture – reclaiming “ugly” fruits and vegetables.

Creating Dialogues

Maia Flora creates powerful moving image about community. ‘Turban Talks’ explores questions of race and family from the artist’s front room.

Aesthetica Art Prize: Top Tips

Get inspired to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize. We share five key pieces of advice to inform your submission to the international award.

Alternate Views

John Baloyi has a distinct aesthetic, producing portraits through a surreal Afro-centric lens. He evokes alternative views of black expression.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: 5 Works

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are remembered for wrapping the world’s landmarks in bold fabrics. A new exhibition opens at Paris’ Centre Pompidou.

A Call to Action

A sense of urgency is prevalent in the works of this year’s graduating students at London College of Communication. These are agents of change.

Out of the Everyday

In Dan Commons’ work, red flowers, shuttered windows and urban staircases are taken out of context, asking viewers to consider the narrative.

Anna Skahill

Anna Skahill’s current work takes an interest in the intersection between relationships, memory and the family presented through a variety of media.

Kaplan Urul 

Kaplan Urul’s series Orange is an expression of the individual, representing turmoil explored through the body language of its subject.

Emma Dunaud

Emma Dunaud is a Paris based photographer. Her work is closely linked to psychology, with a therapeutic and psychoanalytical quality.

Andrew Little

Andrew Little is a recent BA Photography graduate for University of the Arts London: London College of Communication.

Tami Aftab

Tami Aftab is a London based Photographer. Her work touches on subjects of intimacy, performance and playfulness through portraiture.

Rachel Gordon

Rachel Gordon is a Scottish photographer. Lockdown enabled her to reassess her practice, resulting in the series The Fruit & The Flies.

Qiying Feng 

Qiying Feng is a BA Photography graduate from the University of the Arts: London College of Communication.

Prim Patnasiri 

Prim Patnasiri is an artist from Bangkok, Thailand, currently based in London and working in photography, video, installation.

Phoebe Somerfield

Phoebe Somerfield’s On Fairly Solid Ground is a contemplation of feminine presence within landscape, using post-industrial backdrops.

Peter Stewart Sykes

Taking its name from the tale The Juniper Tree, the series Red as Blood, White as Snow navigates various themes explored in European folk literature.

Maite De Orbe

Maite de Orbe is a photographer whose work focuses on gender, fashion, portraiture, and nature, through surrealism and the absurd.

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