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Celebrating 20 Years:
The February/March Issue

Aesthetica marks 20 years since the first issue was published. This edition is dedicated to the power of creativity, the arts and independent print.

Altering Perceptions

Experiences of forced migration are examined through utopian dreams. Duo Cooper & Gorfer expose the inner and outer realities for women.

Window to Other Places

Dreamscapes is a world of elegant imagination. James Tralie’s digital renders reconstruct natural environments and architecture into serene scenes

Moments of Fantasy

Maria Lax’s spellbinding images utilise innovative camera techniques to transform figures, buildings and plants into cinematic, otherworldly creations.

The Story of Aesthetica

Celebrate the publication’s 20th anniversary as one of the founders discusses how the magazine has become a trusted voice in contemporary art.

Reframed Perspective

Nadine Ijewere’s fashion photography redefines narratives of beauty, encouraging more diverse representation in front of and behind the camera.

Visionary Narratives

Isaac Julien dismantles restrictive boundaries of genre and medium. Now, a landmark exhibition surveys four decades of his experimental practice.

Emotive Colour Play

Prince Gyasi incorporates vibrant palettes into intimate portraits of figures from his hometown, documenting the spectrum of human emotion.

Vibrant Abstraction

Sebastiaan Knot’s geometric compositions are calculated manipulations of light. Shapes in bold colours are crafted through analogue techniques.

A Changing Landscape

Victoria Sambunaris’ large-scale landscapes monitor human impact on the natural environment, illuminating water shortages and ecological crises.

Future Now Symposium 2023:
Programme Announced

Discover this year’s Future Now line-up, bringing together award-winning artists for talks that engage with themes from our rapidly changing world.

Hidden Luminescence

“A strange fluorescence occurs when certain minerals and materials are subjected to ultraviolet radiation.” Cody Cobb captures this phenomenon.

Icons Reimagined

The Parthenon is an icon of global architecture. Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang draw inspiration from its once-colourful artistic embellishments.

An Unprecedented Year

99 portrait photographers chronicle the past 12 months through the eyes of everyday people, key workers and national treasures from across Britain.

Woodland Inspiration

There is an inherent sense of mystery about forests. Here are five photographers – all featured in Aesthetica – who put them front and centre.

Studies in Motion

German photographer Jan Prengel looks beyond still life – instead capturing flowers and plant stems in motion, over an exposure time of 2-3 seconds.

Unwavering Broadcasts

Mark Power visualises historic weather reports, imagining beautiful, daunting seascapes of blustering winds, endless rainfall and churning waves.

Tradition Meets Innovation

Studio Brasch’s new images, crafted using the latest AI tools, combine fundamentals of Japanese Ikebana with abstract sculpture and new technologies.

Between Photography and Sculpture

Bernd and Hilla Becher blurred the lines between media, documenting now-demolished industrial structures across Europe and the United States.

Championing Creativity

Jamal Nxedlana is intent on creating “an alternative image repertoire to tackle biased views of Africa”, whilst celebrating Johannesburg’s cultural pioneers.

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