The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is delighted to announce it is now a BAFTA recognised festival, an achievement that is unprecedented for a festival in its fourth year. This latest accolade stands testament to the creativity and bold programming of ASFF, which has now firmly established itself as a dynamic player on the film festival circuit.
This September Sam Eugène’s second solo exhibition opens at Art Galleries Europe in London. A Digital Fauve introduces a brand new artist genre: Digital Fauvism. The form comes from the influence of les Fauves, a group of influential artists at work in the early 20th century. Eugène restores the techniques of the masters but adapts them for his individual practice as he merges Fauvism with photography and digital media.
The artists to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize in its 30th year are Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell. The Prize was founded in 1984 promote discussion of new developments in contemporary British art, and this year’s shortlist reflects the diversity of the UK art scene today.
Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and American photographer Anne Collier mark the 20th anniversary of Studio Voltaire with their first solo presentations to take place within one of London’s public galleries. Chetwynd will present her largest commission to date, Hermitos Children 2, within a large-scale installation whose props and interiors will immerse visitors within her world of 16th century wandering troupes and wild, costumed, carnivalesque live performances.
Siren Merete Fristad, artist name “Sirenes” is a Norwegian artist. Her work, since summer 2011, has been festured in several exhibitions internationally in Italy, Spain, Canada and USA. Sirenes artwork is presented in international art books and magazines and has received several art awards including a Masters Awards at the Exhibition Cutting Edge Masters of Contemporary Art 2014 in Auditorium Al Duomo, Florence. Her artwork is sold to art collectors in countries across Europe, Africa and United States. Sirenes is currently represented by Onishi Project – New York, VividArtsNetwork – New York/Italy and Galleria Wikiarte, Bologna Italy.
There is still time today to enter Aesthetica’s creative opportunities for artists and writers. The Aesthetica Art Prize, now in its eighth year, celebrates excellence in contemporary art from around the world. Artists at any stage in their career working in all media are invited to submit works that demonstrate innovation, creativity and technical skill. The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award supports and publishes literary talent on an international scale, selecting finalists for publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. We present the prizes available for both awards, which make them essential events to take part in this year.
Dario Vidal, a graduate from Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences in Finland, is a designer who empathises more with numbers than with letters. Algorithms, formulas and statistics are part of his professional practices which he uses as a form-finding technique for his works. He is keen on designing unique objects rather than throw-away mass-produced artefacts and his work Untitled featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize longlist.
In 1989, the Scottish artist Caroline McNairn (1955-2010) spent a year in Russia and Ukraine. Producing some of her most noted works and exchanging ideas with artists from the about-to-be former Soviet Union, the visit was one of the major influences on McNairn’s artistic output until her tragically early death in 2010. Dreaming of Heroic Days, currently on display at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, is a magnificent and rare opportunity to see a substantial exhibition of McNairn’s paintings, some of which were produced in Russia and Ukraine and all of which bear the influence of her experiences there.
In her digital portraits, Inés Molina Navea superimposes details from photographs of up to five different faces in order to create images of people who have never existed. As well as being a de-construction of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s idea of “the decisive moment” in photography, Molina Navea wants to use these images to reveal modern practices of social control. Her 541 días (541 days) selected for exhibition in the Aesthetica Art Prize has recently been purchased by Hiscox and is now included in a major international art collection. We talk to Molina Navea about her work and this latest accolade.
In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Russian born documentary photographer Olga Kravets began her career as as a journalist in 2002 and became a freelance photojournalist in 2007. Her striking images are often captured within conflict zones and she discusses the dangers of capturing these shots and the impact it has on her.
Drawing from Hetherington’s series, Infidel and Diary (2007 – 2008) which documents the experience of war from the perspective of the individual, Infidel consists of large-scale photographs of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, as well as intimate portraits of the American troops stationed there. Through photographs, text work and films, Hetherington reconsiders human suffering as a result of war, both from the perspective of ordinary soldiers as well as the civilians caught up in the conflict.
With a few days remaining to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, we celebrate the winning entry for the fiction category from last year, and present an extract of the short story; Roses are Red by Jennifer Roe. The story is a beautifully written tale of love, betrayal and vulnerability. It is seemingly effortless in its execution, yet layered with emotion and meaning that only becomes clear in the last few paragraphs. It is a perfect example of how the short story can be powerful in its brevity; each carefully chosen word precisely placed creates a story that stays with the reader long after finishing.