Photo Jonas Hafner
Aesthetica Magazine Issue 119
June/July 2024
Aesthetica
International

Ideas and inspiration are the lifeblood of creativity. Our experiences and capacity for imagination create an interplay between external events and internal reflection, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. It is often a fleeting moment or an unexpected conversation that allows us to embrace the unfamiliar and leave feeling renewed.The dynamic process of ideation is essential not only for artistic and intellectual pursuits but also for innovation, pushing us to expand the limits of human understanding.

Do Ho Suh is one of the world’s most ambitious artists. He uses experimental techniques and translucent fabrics to ask questions about home and identity. Your personal version of home is a central part of who you are, which is influenced by your day-to-day life and deep memories. Then we speak with Mackenzie Calle, an American photographer whose works are cropping up in group shows and awards worldwide. The Gay Space Agency looks at homophobia and discrimination at NASA. It’s a series that discusses the challenges astronauts face because of problematic attitudes towards their sexuality. Next, we speak with Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński who is one of the artists featured in Take a Breath, a major new exhibition that tracks the impact of air pollution, from industrialisation to modern-day wars, and how it effects our surroundings, health and the way we live. The show considers the historical, social, political and personal acts of breathing; why we breathe, where we breathe and what we breathe. Finally, we speak with Chloé Milos Azzopardi who is exhibiting at Copenhagen Photo Festival. Azzopardi presents a series of speculative futures in which we might co-exist with the environment in a more interconnected manner.

In photography we celebrate the bold and the subtle through six practitioners: Joanna Vestey, Neal Grundy, Patricia Pettitt, Sebastiaan Knot and Senay Berhe. Our cover photographer, Jonas Hafner, invites us to slow down. Finally, the Last Words go to Yelena Yemchuk, part of Saatchi Gallery’s new show.

  • Samuel James: Nightairs
    Publication
    Fw:Books
    International

    Twenty-six species of the insect family Lampyridae, commonly known as fireflies, have been identified in the foothills of Appalachian Ohio. For a brief moment at the very end of their lives, nineteen of these species communicate with silent, bioluminescent displays of wildly diverse flash patterns and colors – a kaleidoscopic procession of light varying in precise accordance to habitat, season and time of night. (more…)

  • June Clark: Witness
    May 3 – Aug 11, 2024
    The Power Plant
    Toronto, Canada

    June Clark: Witness is the first survey in Canada of the Toronto-based artist June Clark, who, since the late 1960s, has developed a unique and groundbreaking practice spanning photo-based work, text, collage, installation, and sculptural assemblages. Born in Harlem, New York, Clark immigrated to Canada in 1968 and subsequently made Toronto her home. The questions of identity formation and their connection to our points of origin fuel her practice. (more…)

  • Atiéna R. Kilfa: Special Effect
    May 4 – Sep 8, 2024
    Den Frie
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    With Special Effect, Atiéna R. Kilfa presents a new body of works consisting of a short film and two large scale pencil drawings. In continuation of Kilfa’s investigation and restructuring of cinematic archetypes, Special Effect homes in on the nondescript figure of a man sitting at a desk. Shot in black and white, the film eerily evokes a timelessness of the figure by bringing it in resonance with pictorial genres reminiscent of various eras from German Expressionist cinema to the golden age of Hollywood film noir, fast forward to its 4K quality of today. (more…)

  • Emily Ferguson: It Girl.
    Jun 1 – Jul 13, 2024
    Nicodim Gallery
    Los Angeles, USA

    What’s an It Girl? An image of an seraphic figure, glowing almost too bright to be looked at until the flashbulbs recharge and the cameras become visible. Glamoured, the viewer is still seeing spots and rubbing their eyes as the figure stalks out of view, no-one quite sure if she’s real or not, an apparition disappeared. An apparition, by its very nature is uncertain, the intention defined by the person who sees it – The angel becomes a monster if enough people describe it so. (more…)

  • George Byrne: Synthetica
    Jun 13 – Jul 14, 2024
    Show Gallery
    Los Angeles, USA

    Show Gallery is pleased to present Synthetica, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Australian artist George Byrne. References to magical realism, modernism, theosophy, and AI combine to explore the tension between the natural and the artificial. The exhibition challenges preconceptions of reality in an increasingly digital age while paying homage to Byrne’s analog photo roots and influence from the new topographic photographers. (more…)

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