Kourtney Roy (b. 1981) is interested in the capacity of a photograph to create the illusion of a fixed point in time. Auto-portraiture forms the basis of her performative exploration of the self, reality, memory and dreams. Two of Roy’s recent series are represented in this selection. They Already Think I am Crazy includes different characters, performed and photographed by Roy around the racetracks of Paris, accompanied by a pervasive sense of the uncanny and of chance. The second series, Hope, combines self-portraits and the Canadian landscapes of Roy’s childhood. Again, improvisation and chance play a role: casual passers-by, a temporary construction site that provides access to a rooftop, and other serendipitous moments all find their way in. Aesthetica previously featured Roy’s vivid photographs, which are aesthetically inspired by pioneers in colour photography such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, in the April/May 2014 issue. www.kourtneyroy.com.
Silja Magg creates images that evoke another world. Her precise use of light and creates works that cross boundaries including photography, design and fashion.
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Interview with Aparajita Jain, Founder of Saat Saath Arts Foundation
Within India there is very little or no government support for the arts, but within the country there are a number of highly passionate individuals who are taking it upon themselves to fill the country’s arts funding gap. Seeing it as a vital part of her nation’s development, after two decades working with emerging contemporary Indian artists, curators and collectors, in 2010, Aparajita Jain founded the Saat Saath Arts Foundation (SSAF).