Aesthetica Issue 91: Standing Together

  • Laura Tordoff
  • Max Trewhitt
  • Kate Simpson

The number of times we have said “we're living in uncertain times” is adding up. From the deep political crisis of Brexit and the rise of the right-wing Populism to the displacement of refugees and migrants, as well as the alarming rate of environmental destruction – we’re in a turbulent state. What can we do as individuals to ameliorate the situation? The saying “think locally, act globally” was coined 40 years ago. It’s so easy to get consumed by mass media. It leaves a constant feeling of powerlessness. However, it’s important to think about the things you can achieve everyday. This issue of Aesthetica is about celebrating the diversity of the world around us and rejecting the divisions that are being brought about by certain global leaders. We must stand together.

Published October / November 2019. To pick up a copy, click here.
This issue covers new shows from Alfredo Jaar at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as Cig Harvey at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine.


- Dynamic Storytelling: Jimmy Marble's new photobook boasts playful and inventive images set in effervescent worlds, inspired by the Sunny California landscape. We interview him about the publication and his organic career in photography, creative direction and commercial styling.

- Breaking New Ground: Judith Chafee was an architectural pioneer and an inspiring environmental steward. Her buildings reference modernism and wild organic forms, urging viewers to think beyond a male-dominated industry and to reconnect with the earth.

- Radical Transformation: Antwaun Sargent’s The New Black Vanguard celebrates black fashion photographers such as Tyler Mitchell, Micaiah Carter, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Nadine Ijewere and Namsa Leuba. It also includes non-western image-makers such as South African artist Jamal Nxedlana and Nigerian creatives Daniel Obasi and Stephen Tayo. This publication asks: why was it only in 2018 that the first black photographer shot the cover of American Vogue?

- Beyond Borderlands: We uncover race and power in Shirin Neshat's exhibition at The Broad in Los Angeles. In a time where national identity is being used as a tool to galvanise the right, and increased racism has been occurring, it’s never been more relevant for this retrospective. As the Founding Director of The Broad has said, Neshat “gives voice to outsiders and exiles who have left their countries in the wake of political conflict.”

- Growing Awareness: Edward Burtynsky draws attention to the climate crisis; sweeping aerial photographs highlight the effects of globalisation and mass consumption.

Photography: Inside this edition are works from the following photographers and designers:

- Greg White
- Benedict Adu
- Six N. Five
- Daniel Forero
- Linda McPhee
- Roderick Vos
- Laura Perrucci & De Santis Matteo.


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