Aesthetica: The Art and Culture Magazine-Issue 67-October/November 2015

Aesthetica: The Art and Culture Magazine-Issue 67-October/November 2015
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Aesthetica Issue 67

October/November 2015

In today’s world, identity is defined by many things. In the past, your country, language and regional customs described who you were, but now, things are different. It has been said for decades that the world is getting smaller. Imagine the telegraph line traversing the Atlantic Ocean in the mid-19th century; then, that connection between North America and Europe would have been the height of global communications. Previously, it would have been letters, which could take weeks to reach the sender. Now, because the world mingles on a much wider scale, people don’t live in the towns and cities where they were born but have swapped old lives for new ones. If recent global events have taught us anything, it’s that we are citizens of the world and have an obligation to each other in spite of place of birth.

This issue of Aesthetica focuses on the nature of change, either forced or natural. We also take a look at the spaces we inhabit, and how they affect our lives. Looking for America opens as part of Diffusion in Cardiff this autumn, bringing with it a timely reassessment of “the American Dream”, a phrase that has been bandied about and discussed to death. The current reappraisal looks at the work of contemporary photographers in the context of this ideology and, furthermore, how it relates to changes globally. Erwin Olaf opens two shows in London, which both concentrate on the grey area between authenticity and artifice. For almost 30 years he joined personal and universal narratives.

On photography, we’ve pushed the boat out for this issue. There are features such as Alpine Constructs, which brings you a taste of alpine living, while Australian fine artist Lilli Waters addresses the state of play for modern women. Guillaume Lechat offers vitality and playfulness through a unique blend of documentary and fashion imagery. Mark Havens finds beauty in decay through remnants of mid-20th century Americana. Canadian photographer Greg Girard documents change across the world, while our cover photographers, René & Radka, evoke a complex discourse through visual storytelling.

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Related Artists Ai Weiwei, Omer Fast, Philippe Parreno, Pierre Huyghe, Laura McPhee, Erwin Olaf, Lilli Waters
Language English
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