Portraits of Modernity

Microwave popcorn, bubblegum, Coca-Cola. Romina Ressia’s portraits combine elements of contemporary culture with classical references.

5 to See: Photo Basel 2019

Switzerland’s first and only international photography fair returns for 2019. Aesthetica collates a selection of must-see photographers.

5 to See: This Weekend

New exhibitions investigate the meaning of home. Environmental film, surreal photography and installations visualise what it means to belong.

Experiments in Portraiture

New Artists: Isolated from the body, eyes, arms and hands become autonomous characters. Ziqian Liu plays with perspective in grey-tone worlds.

A Poetic Revolution

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao emits poetry on its façade. Words of love, despair and action are projected as part of Jenny Holzer’s retrospective.

Elemental Design

Design Miami / Basel takes Elements: Earth as its theme, looking at how approaches to making must evolve in response to the climate crisis.

Illusory Architecture

James Casebere’s constructed compositions invite the viewer beneath the surface, offering a doorway into imagined and deceptive worlds.

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.

Contemplating Industry

Giulio Di Sturco’s book, Ganga Ma, is the result of a ten-year journey along the Ganges. It chronicles the effects of pollution and climate change.

Resonant Ideas

Groundbreaking work by female artists, designers and writers of the 1920s and 1930s is revisited in an exhibition at John Hansard Gallery.

Mountainside Reflections

New Artists: Laura Hendricks offers pastel worlds where mountains and billowing cloud formations are flattened into mirrors like open road signs.

5 to See: This Weekend

This week’s exhibitions examine socio-political narratives, exploring the human impact of power structures, globalisation and consumption.

Prompting Conversations

LOOK Photo Biennial assesses the value of visual storytelling through a biennial that refocuses our attention to the vulnerability of the planet.

Visual Manipulation

Photography has a pivotal role in shaping opinion and distinguishing fact from fiction. Belfast Photo Festival explores the medium in a post-truth era.

Future Realities

What does it mean to be human in the digital age? Exploring this question is AI: More Than Human at Barbican Centre, an unprecedented survey.

Illuminating Nature

The immersive and playful VR experience We Live in an Ocean of Air at Saatchi Gallery explores the connections between human and natural worlds.

Responsive Collaboration

Uniting 1,318 creatives from 26 courses, Nottingham Trent University’s 2019 summer show presents a new generation of creatives.

World of Contrasts

New York-based Chinese artist Shen Wei crafts rich self-portraits and landscapes, each delving into ideas of identity, memory and sexuality.

Linear Backdrops

New Artists: Through colour, abstracted forms and negative spaces, Swedish artist Marcus Cederberg slows the pace of urban life.

5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica’s selection of must-see shows spans the globe, exploring family dynamics, changing cities and historic events through photography.

Changing Views

The Deutsche Börse started its renowned photography collection in 1999. A new series of four back-to-back shows explores the archives.

Urban Impulses

Half a century of Latin American photography is surveyed in a new show at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, comprising over 200 works.

Human Complexity

Reflecting the past and highlighting the present, Huis Marseille showcases works by Helga Paris, Esther Kroon, Céline van Balen and Julie Greve.

An Intimate Perspective

Joanna Piotrowska’s artwork, on view at Tate Britain, dwells on the dynamics of power, often expressed within uncanny domestic spaces.

Framing Utopia

New Artists: Fikri Amanda Abubakar crafts endless utopias where open windows, mirrors and empty rooms are diffused by pastel sunsets.

5 to See: This Weekend

Across the UK, Europe and US, photography exhibitions opening at the start of May explore diverse subcultures and global communities.

5 to Read: This Month

Must-read publications for May draw a wide reaching survey of life around the world: from the British seaside to San Francisco and beyond.

Vanishing Traces

Expansive natural landscapes, intriguing shapes and contrasting colours. Dutch artist Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s images heighten reality.

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.

Luigi Pericle: A Restoration

Chiara Gatti and the Archivio Luigi Pericle association present a post-humous retrospective of Pericle’s works during the 58th Venice Art Biennale.

A Masterly Vision

The late Armenian-Turkish artist Ara Güler was born in 1928 in Istanbul – a city which would become the subject of an iconic body of work.

Transforming the City

Toronto’s month-long Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival opens, transforming urban spaces through contemporary artwork.

Minimal Landscapes

Presenting work by nearly 100 of the latest voices in contemporary art, The Other Art Fair returns to Brooklyn for the Spring 2019 edition.

Curious Details

New Artists: Karol Malecki’s images pose questions about our exterior world. Through taste, touch, warmth and cold, the answers are for the senses.

5 to See: This Weekend

Powerful documentary photography, dreamlike images and collaborative installations come together towards the end of April.

Vivid Ruminations

For Belgium-based American artist Matthew J. Frock, balance provides the central theme of his meditative, colour-laden paintings.

A Sense of Anonymity

An ominous light glows through open doorways. Palm trees linger outside suburban buildings. These are scenes captured by Henry Wessel.

10 to See: Photo London

Aesthetica selects events and presentations to watch at Photo London 2019, navigating the past, present and future of photography.

International Photography

The Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition is the world’s longest running show dedicated to image-making.

Youthful Expression

In 2018 American photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell made history. The first solo exhibition of the artist’s work opens at Foam.

Surreal Allegory

Clarence John Laughlin was dubbed the father of American surrealism. Atlanta’s High Museum holds the largest collection of his work.

Discovering New Talent

Circulation(s) is a festival dedicated to discovering and promoting Europe’s young photographic talent. It returns for 2019.

Shaping our Attention

New Artists: “Like so many people I get overwhelmed by outside stimuli.” Maarten Rots’ images stretch over textured walls, reclining in sunlight.

A Visual Reflection

Beyond Boundaries is a wide-reaching new exhibition at Aperture Foundation, offering a visual reflection of contemporary practice.

5 to See: This Weekend

Photography exhibitions and festivals across the globe address questions facing the next generation, offering poignant visual commentary.

Sony World Photography Awards: Winners Announced

The winners of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards are announced, offering unique perspectives from across the globe.

Lost Worlds

Italian photographer Paolo Di Paolo drew a bold portrait of a country emerging from WWII. Unseen works are on view in a show at MAXXI.

Making Connections

Contemporary artists, designers and architects at Art Beijing 2019 question what it means to be human in the 21st century’s digital landscape.

Shattering Illusions

Erwin Olaf: I Am presents the first comprehensive survey of the photographer’s work, from early images in black-and-white to iconic colour series.