Aesthetica Magazine Issue 119

June / July 2024

Ideas and inspiration are the lifeblood of creativity. Our experiences and capacity for imagination create an interplay between external events and internal reflection, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. It is often a fleeting moment or an unexpected conversation that allows us to embrace the unfamiliar and leave feeling renewed. The dynamic process of ideation is essential not only for artistic and intellectual pursuits but also for innovation, pushing us to expand the limits of human understanding.

Do Ho Suh is one of the world’s most ambitious artists. He uses experimental techniques and translucent fabrics to ask questions about home and identity. Your personal version of home is a central part of who you are, which is influenced by your day-to-day life and deep memories. Then we speak with Mackenzie Calle, an American photographer whose works are cropping up in group shows and awards worldwide. The Gay Space Agency looks at homophobia and discrimination at NASA. It’s a series that discusses the challenges astronauts face because of problematic attitudes towards their sexuality. Next, we speak with Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński who is one of the artists featured in Take a Breath, a major new exhibition that tracks the impact of air pollution, from industrialisation to modern-day wars, and how it effects our surroundings, health and the way we live. The show considers the historical, social, political and personal acts of breathing; why we breathe, where we breathe and what we breathe. Finally, we speak with Chloé Milos Azzopardi who is exhibiting at Copenhagen Photo Festival. Azzopardi presents a series of speculative futures in which we might co-exist with the environment in a more interconnected manner.

In photography we celebrate the bold and the subtle through six practitioners: Joanna Vestey, Neal Grundy, Patricia Pettitt, Sebastiaan Knot and Senay Berhe. Our cover photographer, Jonas Hafner, invites us to slow down. Finally, the Last Words go to Yelena Yemchuk, part of Saatchi Gallery’s new show.

Cherie Federico

Fraction of a Second

In Neal Grundy’s Fabric Forms series, every small movement matters. Each shot captures a singular moment in time that can never again be created.

Dynamic Colour Play

Contemporary abstract photographer Sebastiaan Knot plays with the fact that people perceive light and colour combinations in many various ways.

Beyond Ordinary

Senay Berhe finds beauty in the mundane, with works that emerge from an every day scenario – travelling to, or from, his home in Stockholm.

Fictional Immersion

Ideas of beauty, desire, femininity, intimacy and melancholy are central to the creation of Patricia Pettitt’s cinematic environments.

Led by Narrative

Photographer Jonas Hafner excels in crafting a truly palpable sense of mood, with every his portraits that evoke a different ambience, emotion or story.

Traces of the Forest

Temperate, vast woodland covered as much as a fifth of the UK 10,000 years ago. Now, Joanna Vestey shares long exposure pictures of their remnants.

Worlds Connected

Copenhagen Photo Festival 2024 unites a range of lens-based artists around a theme of entanglement, visualising how different forms of life interact.

Truths Unearthed

Mackenzie Calle’s groundbreaking project combines documentary with storytelling to scrutinise LGBTQ+ representation at NASA.

Intake of Breath

A major new exhibition is dedicated to the act of breathing, revealing its political, environmental and spiritual significance via multimedia artwork.

Echoed Memories

Do Ho Suh faithfully recreates past homes using translucent fabrics, taking over entire rooms with works that ripple with nostalgia.