Aesthetica Magazine Issue 50

December / January 2013

This issue marks the 10th anniversary and the 50th edition of Aesthetica. Inside we have our usual features, but there’s also a look back at the magazine over the years. It was such a great experience working on this feature and re-living the journey.

We start with Sanja Iveković’s first UK retrospective, Unknown Heroine, which explores four decades of the artist’s work and is on display across Calvert 22 and the South London Gallery. We also take a look at how Tokyo re-invented itself in the post-war years in the latest MoMA show, Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde. Dorothy Bohm, one of Britain’s most revered female photographers, showcases a selection from her esteemed output with her latest show, Women in Focus. Isa Genzken’s latest show is on at Hauser & Wirth, Savile Row, and highlights a new body of sculptural assemblages, fusing sculpture with photography, architecture and found objects. Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, on now at Somerset House, London, juxtaposes 10 Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs with over 75 works by 15 international contemporary photographers. We also explore the works of Alex Prager and Evgenia Arbugaeva, who are some of photography’s rising stars, as well as introducing the seductive images of Montana Lowery. Finally, we present a 10 year overview of Aesthetica, revisiting some of our favourite features.

In film, we speak with Mark Herbert about Warp Films’ 10th anniversary and look closely at some of their seminal works. We also take a look back at ASFF 2012 and offer you a report on this year’s festival. In music, we examine the meaning of the special edition and a label’s motivation for producing it as a release. We also chat with Ana Silvera about inspiration and her debut album, The Aviary. In performance, we speak with Gísli Örn Garðarsson about physical theatre and his latest adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Finally, the last words go to Jeremy Hutchison, whose latest show ERRATUM* opens at Paradise Row, London. I hope that you enjoy this very special issue of Aesthetica.

Alex Prager

Alex Prager captures images loaded with tension that balance on anticipation. Her photographs tell a subversive narrative that has either come to its climax or is on the precipice of conclusion.

Colouring a Snowscape

In the Siberian town of Tiksi, the sun never shows its face in winter. Tiksi is the birth place of photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva and the source of inspiration for this breathtaking collection of photographs.

A Question of Colour

Henri Cartier-Bresson worked by the ethos of “the decisive moment”, whereby he aimed to seize something the very moment it happened.

Aesthetic Language

MoMA ignores the stereotypes surrounding Japanese art as it takes a look at the burgeoning contemporary art scene during the 20th Century in Tokyo 1955 – 1970: A New Avant-Garde.

Versions of the Real World

New works by the influential artist Isa Genzken challenge the dominant norms of gender and scale within sculpture in a new show at Hauser & Wirth, London.

Feminism & Humanism

A new exhibition of colour photography by Dorothy Bohm at The Museum of London celebrates women in the capital city and challenges their representation from the 1990s to the present day.

Revealing the Unknown

The radical work of Croatian artist Sanja Ivekovic opens in london this winter,
exploring ideas of identity, political unrest and the heroines overlooked by time.

Emotional Honesty

Lyric Hammersmith and Vesturport bring their acrobatic and daring adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis back to the theatre for 2013.

Ana Silvera

Introducing her debut album, The Aviary, Ana Silvera is accustomed to making an impact. The album is a masterpiece of mythological lyrics and folk rhythms.

Opening Up the Box

When album sales plummet, labels have to get smarter. Meet the new wave of special edition releases, which package albums with extensive and detailed extras. But what do they mean for music?

The City as a Cinema

Our short film festival is a celebration and a launchpad for emerging filmmakers;
find out what happened at this year’s event, who the winners were and watch some of our films.

Breaking New Ground

A look back at one of Britain’s most successful production companies, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Mark Herbert tells us more about what it takes to move ahead in the industry.


The rules and culture of American football itself might be an alien concept to most of the UK’s population, but raw passion and determination translates beyond sport.

Sieff Fashion

This collection of Jeanloup Sieff’s finest fashion shots is a stunning book of unique moments from one of the greatest fashion photographers of the 20th century.

Steve Adey

The Tower of Silence fills the airwaves with a variety of instruments and vocal expression. Recorded in a 19th century church in Edinburgh, the record is song after song of emotional intensity.

Searching For Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man follows the search for the mysterious musician Rodriguez, who was briefly hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, only to disappear into obscurity.

The Giants (Les Géants)

Lanners’ portrait of dreamy adolescence contains remarkable performances from the three juvenile leads as they embark on a journey into quasi-Dickensian drama.

Lomo Life: The Future is Analogue

These two books record surprising moments that enhance our view of life, and reinstate film photography as anything but a dying art form.

Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs

In 1985, photojournalist McCurry gave National Geographic its most renowned cover with his Afghan Girl portrait. Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs offers a selection of works tracing his path across three continents.

Take This Waltz

Take This Waltz follows Margot as she agonises over leaving a secure life with a dependable husband for the excitement of an illicit liaison.