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Limitless Imagination

Installations that clear the air, light waves that reflect upon rising sea levels, a net that cleans up space junk: this is the work of Daan Roosegaarde.

Exploring Geopolitics

The effects of ecological disaster loom large in the festival’s 50th edition, looking at the power of photography to alter perspectives and incite change.

Reflective Architecture

Minimalism is timeless. It offers simplicity and stripped-back aesthetics; new buildings draw attention to design as a blank page full of possibility.

Painterly Aesthetics

Letizia Le Fur translates painting methods into photography, balancing light and dark through a distinctly soft and inviting aesthetic.

Human Encounters

Sanja Marušić creates worlds of irrationality and juxtaposition, drawing upon surrealist concepts and playful storytelling.

5 to See: This Weekend

Top exhibitions and events explore the impact of digital culture and surveillance. The shows look at shifts in ways of living, from urban to rural.

10 to See: Degree Shows 2019

This year’s season of Degree Shows highlight the next generation of creative talent. Aesthetica selects ten to see across the UK this summer.

Natural Tensions

Colombian photographer Sebasatián Mejía navigates the city of Santiago, Chile, recording the palm trees which grow in surprising places.

IAAC6: The Power of Arts Criticism

Royal College of Art launches the sixth edition of the International Awards for Art Criticism at Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre, London.

Interdisciplinary Methods

Pedro Léger Pereira is an architect, sculptor and artist whose works move beyond genre and technique.

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.