Storytelling is how we recall the past and imagine possible futures. There are stories we tell about ourselves and stories we tell about each other. Every layer adds more detail to the texture of life, and each experience expands the rich tapestry of our time in history. I collect memories and hold them dear. This helps to make sense of our experiences. We can reach each other on a visceral level, and remind ourselves of the commonalities we share as humans. This issue is about reflection, memory and choice. For me, some of the smallest decisions have turned into the biggest life changes, such as missing a train or going left instead of right. These moments mean something and there is always a bigger picture. Here is a preview of the August / September 2023 edition.
A Sense of Renewal | Gleeson Paulino brings an evocative collection of pictures: a dreamlike chronicle about his native Brazil.
Creative Advocacy | Aïda Muluneh is pushing past clichéd media representations of Africa with her surreal portraits and storytelling.
World of Abstraction | Sarah Doyle harnesses bright colours and experimental shapes as a way of inventing vast new horizons.
Aerial Perspective | A landmark show tracks humanity’s 21st century story, drawing attention to the impact of industry on the Earth.
Outdoor Performance | Margeaux Walter’s humorous self-portraits bring joy whilst responding to ways humans interact with landscapes.
Actions by Design | Kapwani Kiwanga’s immersive installations show how colour is tied up with the architecture of power and control.
Planetary Expeditions | Maria Leonardo Cabrita imagines the discovery of a lost cosmos found inbetween the Sun and Mercury.
United Ecosystems | Tomás Saraceno’s exhibition champions shared stewardship of the land, people and knowledge.
Beyond Narrative | We Need Colour is satisfying in its visual co-ordination: matching eyeshadows, backgrounds and clothing.
Building a Universe | Origami boats sail through seas of paper-cut leaves in JeeYoung Lee’s constructed studio scenes.
Cover: Estúdio Bingo, from We Need Colours (2019). Image courtesy the artist.
1. Gleeson Paulino. Untitled. Image courtesy the artist.
2. Gleeson Paulino. Untitled. Image courtesy the artist.
3.Aïda Muluneh, Both Side, (2017). The Memory of Hope Collection.
4. Sarah Doyle, Match, from the series Make the World Go Away. Image courtesy the artist.
5. Sarah Doyle, Paper (Single Use) Shirt, from the series Out of Shapes. Model: Appiok. Hair & Make Up: Leonard Daly @ Not Another Agency.
6. Alex MacLean, White Road and Trees, Adams, MA, (1987).
7. Margeaux Walter, Juice Bar, (2022). Image courtesy the artist.
8. Margeaux Walter, Checkout (2021). Image courtesy the artist.
9. Kapwani Kiwanga, pink-blue, (2017). A wall is just a wall, The Power Plant, Toronto, (2017). Photo: Tony Hafkenscheid.
10. Maria Leonardo Cabrita, from Vulcano (2017-2020). Image courtesy the artist.
11. Maria Leonardo Cabrita, from Vulcano (2017-2020). Image courtesy the artist.
12.Tomás Saraceno, Endless Blue II, (2006). Courtesy the artist. Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno.
13. Estúdio Bingo, from We Need Colours (2019). Image courtesy the artist.
14. Estúdio Bingo, from We Need Colours (2019). Image courtesy the artist.
15. JeeYoung Lee, Secret Garden, (2018). Image courtesy the artist.