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. Corinne Silva’s vibrant photographs examine the use of the still and moving image in suggesting metaphysical space. Her visual language engages with the limits of lens-based media and its potential to explore the evolving relationship between politics, landscape and art histories. Silva speaks to us about her Imported Landscapes series and her dual use of photography and film.
Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets currently on display at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art showcases the work of one of the greatest and most confessional artists of the 20th century. Most people associate the artist’s name with her overwhelming spider sculptures but there really is so much more to the works of the “woman without secrets”.
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.
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.
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 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.
Lacey Contemporary Gallery is set to open this autumn in Notting Hill London. Placing its artists at the heart of the business, director Andrew Lacey intends to provide a positive environment for his practitioners to work in, allowing them to flourish and evolve over the years. Working with emerging and established artists, the gallery aims to offer those working with them a complete business service so they are able to focus solely on their art. We speak to Lacey about his favourite historic artists and his hopes for the new space.
The LAPADA (The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers) Art and Antiques Fair, one of London’s most prestigious annual art and antiques events, returns to the historic heart of London, staged within the leafy surroundings of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. Over the past six years, the LAPADA Fair has become known as a “one stop shop” for the most sought after works from trusted LAPADA members. Prices of artworks range from £500 to £500,000 and above, so the Fair’s annual 20,000 visitors can include first time buyers as well as the most discerning of collectors.
Cultural identity and the constructed systems of belief within society are questioned in the practice of Yael Bartana (b. 1970). Born in Israel, the artist blends fact and fiction in her photography, film and installation work. Bartana’s Inferno appears at the São Paulo Biennial 6 September – 7 December. She speaks to Aesthetica about the importance of video art and her term “historical pre-enactment”.