Aesthetica Magazine 67
In today’s world, identity is defined by many things. In the past, your country, language and regional customs described who you were, but now, things are different. It has been said for decades that the world is getting smaller. Imagine the telegraph line traversing the Atlantic Ocean in the mid-19th century; then, that connection between North America and Europe would have been the height of global communications. Previously, it would have been letters, which could take weeks to reach the sender. Now, because the world mingles on a much wider scale, people don’t live in the towns and cities where they were born but have swapped old lives for new ones. If recent global events have taught us anything, it’s that we are citizens of the world and have an obligation to each other in spite of place of birth.
This issue of Aesthetica focuses on the nature of change, either forced or natural. We also take a look at the spaces we inhabit, and how they affect our lives. Looking for America opens as part of Diffusion in Cardiff this autumn, bringing with it a timely reassessment of “the American Dream”, a phrase that has been bandied about and discussed to death. The current reappraisal looks at the work of contemporary photographers in the context of this ideology and, furthermore, how it relates to changes globally. Erwin Olaf opens two shows in London, which both concentrate on the grey area between authenticity and artifice. For almost 30 years he joined personal and universal narratives.
On photography, we’ve pushed the boat out for this issue. There are features such as Alpine Constructs, which brings you a taste of alpine living, while Australian fine artist Lilli Waters addresses the state of play for modern women. Guillaume Lechat offers vitality and playfulness through a unique blend of documentary and fashion imagery. Mark Havens finds beauty in decay through remnants of mid-20th century Americana. Canadian photographer Greg Girard documents change across the world, while our cover photographers, René & Radka, evoke a complex discourse through visual storytelling.
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This is the ultimate creative package. Inspirational and elegant, the Creative Package includes our Creative Writing Annual, which is a celebration of new writing from across the world. Featuring a collection of outstanding short fiction and poetry alongside introductions by literary experts, this absorbing compendium promises to inspire you long after reading. Also included is the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, Future Now, which showcases cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking creatives.
Through artists’ statements and critical essays, it invites you to discover global concepts through pioneering art and design. On top of all this, you receive a 12 month subscription to Aesthetica Magazine, bringing you six issues packed full with the best in contemporary art and culture across the year. Aesthetica highlights the latest exhibitions, reviews, films, music and photography alongside stimulating features and critical debate. With the Creative Package, you’ll be kept up-to-date with current trends as they develop across the international art world, and will gain insights into the work of leading practitioners shaping contemporary visual culture.
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Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2015
Showcasing cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking contemporary artists, this anthology invites readers to discover global concepts through pioneering art and design. The Aesthetica Art Prize encourages an awareness of the innovative work being produced across a variety of media today. An inspirational resource, this compilation is an opportunity to explore 100 captivating projects, direct from the artists’ perspective, which urges audiences to reconsider the current state of play.
Celebrating individual mediums whilst recognising the richness of interdisciplinary practice, the 2015 selection is distributed across the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Painting and Drawing; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, and Video, Installation and Performance. Providing an insight into the thoughts and processes of international artists, the anthology addresses the spectrum of human sentiment associated with a collective past, present and future.
Creative Writing Anthology
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual is a collection of exceptional poetry and outstanding short fiction, which will inspire you long after you’ve finished reading. This absorbing compendium fuses established and emerging literary talent from across the world, and showcases the winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2014. Considering a vast range of themes and subject matter, this text reveals many different aspects of life in today’s society. This is a book that you can return to time and time again; it will ignite your passion for new writing.