5 to Read: This Month

Aesthetica selects five must-read publications for April. This month’s books look to women in the arts, notions of home and evocative narratives.

Intimate Abstraction

Set against the raw mystic backdrop of the Californian desert, the latest series by Mona Kuhn takes new steps into abstraction.

New Territories

New Artists: Olga Urbanek is self-taught, living and working in Iceland. Her images question the idea of “blending in” to new environments.

The April / May Issue

This issue is a celebration of the human spirit. Entitled ‘Time for Change’ it focuses on a moment of hope within the chaos of today’s world.

Land of Shadows

Born and based in the American Midwest, Michael McCluskey considers truth in unexplored places, uncovering concealed layers of meaning.

Forging Connections

The Cardiff-based festival returns for its fourth edition, looking at how, in contemporary visual culture, images come together with sound.

Colourful Movements

Tropico Photo unites the minds of Forrest Aguar and Michelle Norris, photographers who create works with bold shapes and compelling colours.

5 to See: This Weekend

Must-see shows document traces of human activity on the planet. Photographers examine climate change, space exploration and urban life.

A Sense of Opulence

Pulled together by a deep green background, LM Chabot’s images demonstrate indulgence and finesse – from large concepts to minute details.

Enticing Compositions

Charlotte Lapalus is eager to connect to audiences through warm, inviting images, often working to bring the female experience to the foreground.

Utopian Framework

Massimo Colonna’s compositions offer a journey into a pastel utopia. Balls, balloons, plastic bags and paper planes are transfixed in moments of stillness.

Hidden Narratives

Nadine Rovner’s carefully staged, richly textured series No Vacancy tows a line between expectation and reality, creating a sense of unease.

Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist 2019

Shortlisted works for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards interpret the modern world through responsive and thoughtful image-making.

Historic Recollection

Romain Veillon’s new series is a celebration of art, discovery and the passing of time, recording abandoned frescoes and paintings across Europe.

Between Worlds

Aesthetica Art Prize alumna Alexandra Vacaroiu explores the subconscious mind, bridging the gap between reality and imagined environments.

Timeless Narrative

Gillian Hyland’s photographs are steeped in narrative. Frozen in time, the images enter into subjects’ memories, visualising human moments.

A Painterly Aesthetic

Letizia Le Fur’s works are nourished by a sense of wanderlust – moving round spaces with a sensitive gaze. The images are laden with sensory markers.

5 to See: This Weekend

This week’s new exhibitions and must-see photography festivals navigate environmental, avant-garde and intimate photography.

Hidden Details

The genres of fashion, portrait, art and landscape photography collide in an exhibition of Erik Madigan Heck at Staley-Wise Gallery.

Contemporary Perspectives

The ninth edition of MIA Photo Fair opens in Milan, bringing together 135 international exhibitors to interpret today’s world.