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Powerful Representations

“I’ve realised my art can have more purpose than just hanging on a white wall.” Aïda Muluneh captures the imagination in powerful, change-making imagery.

Agency and Performance

Centre for British Photography, London, presents a new exhibition of Heather Agyepong’s boundary-breaking and genre-bending work.

Reconstructing History

Nhu Xuan Hua’s exhibition in Frankfurt draws on her Vietnamese heritage, producing narratives that engage with themes of identity, origin and history.

Human Relationships

What do relationships look like in the 21st century? 23 photographers come together to document the foundations of human connection in today’s world.

The Feeling of Magic

Karl Roberts sees the landscape as a blank canvas – an environment in which he can “create the magic he doesn’t see in the world around him.”

A Brighter Future

A group exhibition revisits the sunshine motif – as established in hit musical ‘Hair’ – cautiously offering hope through new, golden visions of the future.

Diverse Perspectives

Sixty global practitioners experiment with analogue and digital photography to offer new perspectives on the topics that are shaping modern-day life.

Radiant Narratives

A MoMA retrospective offers a “critical reintroduction” to five decades of photographer Ming Smith’s experimental practice.

Expressions of Love

Love has provided inspiration throughout art history. Here are five photographers – all featured in Aesthetica Art Prize – who document devotion.

Expanded Photography

Women have been at the forefront of every stage of the photographic revolution. Now, pioneering artists are responding to sustainability and climate.

Creative Machines

Refik Anadol is an artist at the cutting-edge of a fast-developing medium, using AI to craft breathtaking digital experiences from various and vast datasets.

Shades of Emotion

Colour is fundamental to art. A group show celebrates the ways pigments convey intense emotions, incite symbolism and connect people.

Stepping into Space

Yayoi Kusama’s installations offer the chance to “become one with eternity,” encouraging a detachment from reality with twinkling lights.

Uncertain Environments

Pavlo Fyshar’s work is characterised by a sense of discomfort. Playful pastel pinks and greens draw the viewer in, yet the world they find is off-kilter.

Connecting with the World

Books. Pianos. Window frames. Suitcases. Clothes. These are just some of the items to be found tied up within Chiharu Shiota’s mesmerising installations.

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.