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Sculpting Reality

Alex Prager translates personal experiences and cultural references into hyperreal images and film. The artist discusses a new body of work.

The August / September Issue

Issue 90, entitled ‘Living for Today’, is a response to our times, covering innovative upcycled plastic whilst questioning alternative truths in the media.

Why History Matters

Through three rooms of video installation, John Akomfrah’s new show at BALTIC is complex and ambitious, examining the borders of film.

5 to See: Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 opens next month, presenting a diverse programme of digital art. Aesthetica selects five must-see projects.

Heterotopia Today

Matla’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale considers the importance of place, belonging, migration and displacement through alternate realities.

10 to See: Venice Biennale

The 58th International Art Exhibition is titled May You Live In Interesting Times. 2019’s artists creatively respond to political and social realities.

Technological Identities

FACT Liverpool’s new programme features two artists using technology and fairytale tropes. Lesley Taker, Exhibitions Manager, discusses the show.

Film as Mechanism

The 2019 Aesthetica Art Prize winners, Jenn Nkiru and Maryam Tafakory, are trailblazing new talents creating a space for a more inclusive society.

Jenn Nkiru Wins the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019

Jenn Nkiru is the winner of the Aesthetica Art Prize. Rebirth Is Necessary is a dreamlike film centred on the magic and dynamism of Blackness.

Fragmented Narratives

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019, Maryam Tafakory explores contradictory images of women and their portrayal within religion.

Collective Movement

In Ludivine Large-Bessette’s film, shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019, the moving body becomes a mirror, unsettling the audience.

Altered Realms

Jenn Nkiru’s Rebirth is Necessary, shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019, is a dreamlike piece that explores perceptions of Blackness.

Aesthetica Art Prize: Judges Announced

We are delighted to present the Judging Panel for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019. The panel comprises influential art figures across all media.

Geographic Identities

Jane and Louise Wilson’s film, shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, explores what happens when a location takes on a porous identity.

Aesthetica Art Prize 2019

Covering themes from technology and urbanisation to population growth and climate change, the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019 shortlist is announced.

5 to See: This Weekend

From innovative 21st century software to pioneering post-war photography, shows opening at the end of October hold up a mirror to society.

5 to See: The Aesthetica Art Prize

How has the digital revolution impacted daily life? The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition, currently on display at York Art Gallery, explores this.

Unseen Connections

Laurent Grasso’s work explores sacred spaces, mythologies and scientific theories through video, sculpture, painting and installation.

Critical Reflections

Aesthetica Art Prize alumnus Alinka Echeverria combines a background in anthropology with a critical, responsive approach to image-making.

The Aesthetica Art Prize: Judges Announced

We are delighted to announce the judging panel for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019, comprising influential art figures across a range of media.

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