Aesthetica Magazine Issue 85

October / November 2018

Curiosity is the fuel for innovation and creativity is the ignition for invention. It’s this notion that when faced with a challenge or barrier, you can think of a solution. There is always an answer and sometimes it’s just an idea away. That is a liberating concept and one that I embody throughout my work and my personal life. You see, it’s important to see the glass as half full and many times that’s half the battle.

This issue is a celebration of ideas. We start with a feature on the fifth edition of PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai and we look at how contemporary Chinese photographers are responding to censorship in the wider art market. This article traces the trajectory of photojournalism and fine art photography whilst acknowledging the surge in super collectors. Moving forward, Civilization is a new title that takes global expansion as its starting point and uses photography as a medium to understand the world. For example, think of all the shopping centres, retail parks and new housing estates – many of them have the same type of landscaping, such as trees that are small and sculpted. It looks very clinical and on a philosophical level, it’s eye opening how humankind’s relationship with the natural world has shifted so much that even nature is something that is constructed. We also highlight the work of Olafur Eliasson – one of the most prolific artists today, who has now turned his hand to architecture, cementing the intersection between art and design, whilst dismantling physical and cultural barriers. Bright, bold installations follow.

In the photography features, Alessio Albi, Alexis Christodoulou, Kris Provoost, Sing-Sing, Louis MacLean and Glashier perfectly combine to depict the vast scope of contemporary images, from minimal landscapes and surreal concepts to dramatic portraits and colourful architecture. Laura Zalenga’s  thought-provoking cover calls into question the need for self-reflection in a world riveted by images, profiles and social media. The self-portrait questions the multitude of layers in the individual. Finally, Aesthetica Art Prize alumnus Gabriela Torres Ruiz takes the Last Words. Enjoy!

Future Now

100 Contemporary Artists 2018

The Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology celebrates the work of emerging and established practitioners from across the world, inviting audiences to be inspired by a wealth of ideas and perspectives. From Photographic & Digital Art and Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media, to Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture and Video, Installation & Performance, the works included in this year’s presentation come from diverse locations such as Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Singapore, the UK and the USA.

As the world is increasingly shaped by surveillance and data collection, the human condition has become one of rehearsal and performance. Exploring the wider effects of over-consumption, media stimulation and emotional disconnection, the artworks presented in the 2018 collection call into question new modes of communication, offering reflection upon the era of post-truth, where human autonomy can be reduced to calculable, predictable patterns of behaviour.

Each piece draws upon social and political structures to question the value that we place on the world around us and on ourselves. Selected from over 4,000 artworks, the 100 artists included in this publication look at a range of subject matter, from global financial systems to technology that replicates nature, creating a new vocabulary for life in the 21st century.

Creative Writing Annual

2018 Edition

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual celebrates established and emerging writers through a unique showcase of talent and imagination. This inspiring anthology includes a shortlist of 60 writers from the international literary prize, including a winner from both poetry and short fiction.

Harnessing the boundless potential of language with a variety of styles and techniques, the 2018 finalists offer limitless, unforgettable worlds.

Readers are invited to reconsider the human condition through inspirational, experimental and truly original narratives.

Creative Package

This is the ultimate package. Inspirational and elegant, it includes:

  • Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists 2018
    This anthology 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.
  • Creative Writing Annual 2018
    This collection of outstanding new short fiction and poetry from across the world, alongside introductions by literary experts. This absorbing compendium promises to inspire you long after reading.
  • One-year subscription to Aesthetica Magazine
    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.

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.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is Now Closed for Entries

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Closed for Entries

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards £1,000 cash prize to each category winner, plus publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers.

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Issue 85

Making An Impact: Alessio Albi, Olafur Eliasson, Alexis Christodoulou, Kris Provoost, Sing-Sing, Louis MacLean, Glashier and Laura Zalenga.

Issue 84

Global Initiatives: Sally Emily, James Casebere,
Kevin Krautgartner, Brooke DiDonato, Romain Veillon, Esther Hovers, Thomas Wrede.

Issue 83

A New Way of Seeing: Alex Prager, Elena Mora, Carolina Mizrahi, Ole Marius Joergensen, Victor Micoud, Isabella Ståhl and Jon Setter.

Issue 82

In The Moment: Adrienne Raquel, Patty Maher, Tekla Evelina Severin, Salvador Cueva, Alexis Pichot, Edgar Martins, Aesthetica Art Prize 2018.

Issue 81

Beyond the Horizon: George Byrne, Yener Torun, Sallie Harrison, Eric Ogden, Anastasia Cazabon, Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy and Vikram Kushwar.

Issue 80

Collective Regeneration: Stephen Shore, Cig Harvey, Kevin Cooley, Tekla Evelina Severin, Clarissa Bonet, Tania Franco Klein and Dean Bradshaw.

Issue 79

A New Normal: Elise Mesner, Eric Dufour, Hayley Eichenbaum, Metz + Racine, Kelsey McClellan, Kovi Konowiecki, Benoit Paillé and Alec Soth

Issue 78

Mapping the Present: Jonathan Knowles, Ben Zank, Julia Körner, Matthieu Belin, Marcus Palmqvist, Maik Lipp, Sylvain Biard, Paul et Martin

Issue 77

State of Flux: Jimmy Marble, Steve Bainbridge, Andreas Gefeller, Giovanni Gastel, Reine Paradis, Jenny Holzer, Romain Thiery, Nikola Olic.

Issue 76

Understanding the Contemporary Condition: Feridun Akgüngör, Hideaki Hamada, Diffusion Photography Festival, Sally / Emily, Ethetics.

Issue 75

Making Sense of the Future: JUCO, Anna Di Prospero, Reginald Van de Velde, Ricardo Bofill, United Visual Artists, Elemental Living.

Issue 74

Social Ingenuity: Lauren Marsolier, Gregory Crewdson, Romina Ressia, Patrick Joust, Giorgio Stefanoni, Cristina Coral, Julio Le Parc.

Issue 73

Intuitive Connections: Sebastian Weiss, Mária Švarbová, Natalia Evelyn Bencicova, Aurélien Villette and Ben Thomas, Chiharu Shiota.

Issue 72

Addressing Transition: Michael Wolf, Gabriel Isak, Frédéric Delangle, Benoit Paillé, Rebecca Louise Law, The Next Generation 2016.

Issue 71

Bold Opposition: Jacques Ferrier, James Casebere, Kristina Varaksina, Clemens Ascher, Ori Gersht, Holly Andres, Marie Hald.

Issue 70

Process versus Outcome: Laurent Kronental, Christopher Payne, Alicia Savage, Cara Barer, Pierre Paulin, Photo London, Joshua Jordan.

Issue 69

Visionary Progression: Saul Leiter, Women Photographers from the Arab World, Eric Ogden, Julia Hetta, Amy Harrity.

Issue 68

Past Presence: Maia Flore, Olafur Eliasson, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Iris van Herpen, Kourtney Roy, Ari Gabel, Tom Kundig, Emma Hartvig.

Issue 67

Structural Exchange: Lilli Waters, Guillaume Lechat, Greg Girard, René & Radka, Pedro Costa and Emily Jacir.

Issue 66

Bespoke Ingenuity: Sarah Charlesworth, Matthieu Venot, Laurent Chehere, David Adjaye, Ellen Kooi and Dutch fashion.

Issue 65

Designing Innovation: Lori Nix, Ellie Davies, Carlo Cafferini, Kostas Murkudis, Caio Reisewitz and Candida Höfer.

Issue 64

Insight and intrigue: Jürgen Schrepfer, Anja Niemi, Guillaume Grasset, Yossi Michaeli, Astrid Verhoef and Eskil Vogt.

Issue 63

Experimentation with the new: Barbara Kasten, Douglas Coupland, Dries Van Noten, Viviane Sassen, Lynda Benglis and Matthias Heiderich.

Issue 62

The idea of the unconventional with Anne Collier, Frank Gehry, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Guy Bourdin, Todd Hido and Julie Cockburn.

Issue 61

Progress and change: The Future of Fashion is Now, Lee Boroson, Olafur Eliasson, Stephen Shore, Barry Cawston and Richard Tuschman.

Issue 60

The 60th edition of Aesthetica celebrates innovation: Annette Messager, Christopher Williams, Robert Capa and Susan Hiller.

Issue 59

The idea of the unexpected: Barbara Kruger, Louis Kahn, Robert Adams, Stan Douglas, Matt Henry, Thomas Jorion and Michel Gondry.

Issue 58

Artistic output: Ernesto Neto, Bernard Tschumi, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Phil Bergerson, Nadia Lee Cohen, Kourtney Roy and Richard Ayoade.

Issue 57

Experimentation is the key component to innovation: Martin Creed, Isaac Julien, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Prager and Sam Heydt.

Issue 56

Reflecting on the past and future: Paul Smith, Isa Genzken, Philippe Parreno, Cally Whitham, Maroesjka Lavigne and Cornelia Parker.

Issue 55

Redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning: Elmgreen & Dragset, Alejandro Chaskielberg and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

Issue 54

Boundary pushing artists: Jason Rhoades, James Turrell, Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, Julie Blackmon and Gail Albert Halaban.

Issue 53

New Structures: Alfredo Jaar, Rodney Graham, Jasmina Cibic, Miles Aldridge, Michael Craig-Martin, Ben Wheatley, Formento & Formento.

Issue 52

Cultural Intersections: Amalia Pica, Julio Le Parc, Rudy Burckhardt, Bharat Sikka, Pedro Reyes, Astrid Kruse Jensen and Akram Khan.

Issue 51

Material Impact: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Garry Winogrand, Michael Eastman and Marquis Montes.

Issue 50

The 10th Anniversary Issue: Sanja Iveković, Dorothy Bohm, Isa Genzken, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Prager and Evgenia Arbugaeva.

Issue 49

Collaboration is a catalyst for unexpected outcomes: William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Tim Walker.

Issue 48

Unexpected moments: Penelope Slinger, Cig Harvey, Akif Hakan Celebi, Ed Atkins, Alastair Siddons and Malik Bendjelloul.

Issue 47

New ways of seeing: Edgar Martins, Jimmie Durham, Mel Karch, Matthew Akers, Marina Abramović, Martina Gusman and Polly Morgan.

Issue 46

Critical thinking and wider narratives: Jeremy Cooper, Los Carpinteros, Roger Ballen, David Creedon, Jeff Hahn and Karl Markovics.

Issue 45

Exploration and re-examination: Cindy Sherman, British Design 1948-2012 at the V&A, Shilpa Gupta, Jes Benstock and Staves.

Issue 44

Locating identity: Sharon Lockhart at SFMOMA, Anselm Kiefer, Zarina Bhimji, Pablo Giorgelli and Christoph Benjamin Schulz.

Issue 43

Interconnectivity of art and politics: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935, the Turner Prize, Silja Magg, Sallie Aprahamian and Frankie Shea.

Issue 42

Time and awareness: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Charles Matton and Mariah Robertson.

Issue 41

Cultural transformations: Bruce Nauman, Jason Schembri, Cory Arcangel, Marina Abramović, Semih Kaplanoğlu and Underground Railroad.

Issue 40

In the spirit of celebration: James Turrell, Wim Wenders, Alice Anderson, Kate MccGwire, Zoë Gray, Pedro Janeiro and Matt Bissonnette.

Issue 39

Redefining visual culture: Anna Parkina, Haroon Mirza, Susan Hiller, Stefanie Braun, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and Marc Evans.

Issue 38

The first decade of the new millennium: Art Fashion Identity at the Royal Academy, David Spiller, Gilles de Beauchêne and Alan Haydon.

Issue 37

Achievement in the face of adversity: Neeta Madahar, Mechanical Couture, Rebecca Handler, Clio Barnard and Andrea Dunbar.

Issue 36

The current state of play: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Stuart Brisley, Javier Fuentes-León, Jannica Honey, Ruffians and Rob Da Bank.

Issue 35

A celebration of bold risk taking: Jonathan Wateridge, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, Sean Raggett and Frightened Rabbit.

Issue 34

Exchange of ideas: Marina Abramović, Stuart Semple, CONTACT photography festival, Yorgos Lathimos and Rufus Wainwright.

Issue 33

Ingenuity, innovation and pushing artistic boundaries: OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS, From Floor to Sky, Bani Abidi and Martin Koolhoven.

Issue 32

Digital world: Barbara Kruger, Tim Burton, Digital Design Sensations at the V&A, Yojiro Takita, A.A. Bondy and Simon Robson.

Issue 31

Challenging the boundaries of art and fashion: Martin Parr, Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Alex Box, Telekinesis! and Keith Donohue.

Issue 30

The 30th edition: Rankin, Bob & Roberta Smith, Grayson Perry, Chika Unigwe, Woodstock, Sally Potter, Metta Theatre and Neil Forsyth.