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Aesthetica Art Prize: Interview with Finalist Inés Molina Navea

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.

The Next Generation: Olga Kravets

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. 

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Tim Hetherington: Infidel at Photofusion, London

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.

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Interview with Lacey Contemporary Gallery Director Andrew Lacey

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.

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Aesthetica Art Prize – Final Call for Entries

There’s still time to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, which is open for entries until 31 August. The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in contemporary art from across the world, and submissions are welcome from artists at all stages of their career working in any medium.

One Week Left to Enter the Aesthetica Art Prize: A Selection of 2014’s Longlisted Artists

There is one week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, an annual award which celebrates excellence in contemporary art. Entries are welcome from artists at all stages in their career and working in any medium. We present a selection of longlisted artists from the latest edition of the award in anticipation of the call for entries deadline.

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Interview with Gallertist Paul Stolper about Artist Angus Fairhurst

Unprinted at Paul Stolper gallery, London, is an extensive overview of the art of YBA Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008). Running until 30 August, the exhibition brings together his printed works from 1992 to 2006, including silkscreens and etchings. Founder and Director of the gallery, Paul Stolper speaks to Aesthetica about the unique elements of Fairhurst’s practice and the ideas behind the current exhibition.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Tamara Dean

Aesthetica Art Prize longlisted artist Tamara Dean, born in 1976, is a photographer whose practice extends from New York to Australia. Dean’s work explores the relationship between humans and nature, and her works are exhibited internationally. Her new series The Edge opened in 2014 at Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, Australia.

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5 To See This Weekend

This weekend seize the opportunity to experience the innovative and ground-breaking in contemporary art. From Polish artist Pawel Althamer’s first exhibition in China at Ullens Contemporary Art Centre to Henri Matisse’s “cut-outs” at the Tate Modern , there is something for everyone on offer in the world’s leading galleries. Read on to see our five recommended shows.

The Next Generation: Jordi Ruiz Cirera

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. In 2012 Jordi Ruiz Cirera won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize for the portrait he shot when he spent time with the Menonites, a closed community in Bolivia. Ruiz Cirera tells us about what draws him to take a photo and the impact of awards on his career.

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MANIFESTA 10, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Manifesta originated in the post-communist period in the 1990s with the aim of balancing the information gap between the East and West, North and South. Offering audiences an opportunity to exchange knowledge and rethink the platforms and influences of art and its expressions, Manifesta considers both the poetic and political nature of art and contextualises the contemporary with the historical. Operating within contested areas allows the biennial to demonstrate the way in which art can aid understanding within this complex world and Manifesta encourages a critical dialogue.

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Interview with Artist James Ostrer

Taking our appetite for sugar as a starting point to create images of a corrupted globalisation, James Ostrer takes over the glass façade and ground floor of the Gazelli Art House, as part of its Window Project, to present the unsavoury side of our addiction to the sweet stuff. Ostrer’s photographs of human subjects covered in layers of sweets and foodstuffs have a cartoon-like absurdity while exploring self-destructive behaviours and drawing attention to the volumes of sugar that flow through our bodies and our dietary culture.