Aesthetica Issue 52 is now out in the shops. Inside this issue, we start with Amalia Pica’s latest exhibition, which opens in April at MCA Chicago and is the artist’s first major solo museum show in the USA, including 15 of her most significant works. We also look at the Julio Le Parc retrospective on now at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, presenting a vast survey of the artist’s work from the 1950s to the present day. European Chronicles opens this May as part of Diffusion in Cardiff, which is Wales’ first international photography festival. NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star is the latest exhibition to open at the New Museum in New York City, capturing a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture and politics.
In photography, we present a selection from this year’s World Photography Awards as well as paying homage to Rudy Burckhardt. We also introduce three new photographers: Astrid Kruse Jensen from Denmark, Rune Guneriussen from Norway and Bharat Sikka from India. Jensen creates stark narratives by playing with light and colour, while Guneriussen engages with photography, installation and sculpture. Finally, our cover photographer, Bharat Sikka, blends fine art and documentary to create an arresting visual language with a bold use of colour and fascinating locations.
In film, we chat with Dominga Sotomayor about her debut feature Thursday Till Sunday, which recalls memories of family road trips. We also speak with Lisa Bryer from the BAFTA selection committee about this year’s theatrical release of BAFTA winning short films. In music, we chat with Jonas Bonnetta from Evening Hymns about their new album, and examine the phenomenon of video game music. In performance, Akram Khan discusses his latest show, iTMOi, as he celebrates the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at Sadler’s Wells. Finally, for the last words, Pedro Reyes talks about his latest show Disarm, in which he re-uses decommissioned guns to make musical instruments.
Enjoy the issue!