Aesthetica Issue 93: Changing the Narrative

  • Robyn Sian Cusworth
  • Ulysses Saniel
  • Alexandra Catherine Genova
  • Eleanor Sutherland
  • Kate Simpson

Here we are, firmly in a new decade. The future is now. Moving into 2020, we might begin to reminisce over Y2K fears. The internet was still new, Hotmail was a novelty and the concept of Amazon was still very alien. The world operated at a slower pace and the concept of social media had not been realised. The iPhone did not exist. The rate of technological advancement since then has been completely unprecedented. What will this mean for the future? How will the next decade play out? This issue is about developing a new narrative and disrupting the status quo.

Published February / March 2020. To pick up a copy, click here.

This issue we provide coverage of Martin Parr at the newly reopened Aberdeen Art Gallery, Alex Prager at Fotografiska Stockholm and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring at NGV Melbourne.


- Towards Preservation: Claudia Andujar’s work with the Yanomami people in Brazil questions how Indigenous populations are treated and what we need to create a fairer world, merging art and activism.

- Layers of Complexity: As part of NOW Gallery’s latest Design Commission, Emmanuelle Moureaux has created Slices of Time. The installation is inspired by the gallery’s location on the Greenwich Peninsula – marking a sense of movement, reflecting upon past, present and future.

- Building the Future: Beazley Designs of the Year ask poignant questions about what constitutes good design? They offer a snapshot from the last 12 months, centred around six categories.

- Dramatic Portraiture: Bastiaan Woudt discusses honouring the history of photography and reinterpreting classical portraits with surreal, detailed elements. Each image is minimal, highly balanced and unexpected – integrating geometric shapes and delicate veils.

- Reactive Installations: Cornelia Parker has a major retrospective at MCA Australia that spans 40 years. We look at how her installations have made sense of the turbulent world.


In photography, we introduce works by six photographers that redefine fashion, architecture, colours and textures. This includes:

- LM Chabot
- Olga Urbanek
- Jamal Nxedlana
- Aleksander Malachowski
- Alex Fruehmann
- Alma Haser