Aesthetica Magazine - The August / September Issue


There has never been a time in human history where things have been so interconnected. The climate crisis is connected to the economy, which is in turn connected to trade and tariffs, and so on. We are living in an age of alternative facts and misinformation. We are more divided than ever before, and politicians use populism to disintegrate the battles won for justice and equality.

Image Caption:  Doug Aitken, Underwater Pavilions, 2016, installation view, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA, Pacific Ocean. Artwork Courtesy Line: MOCA Los Angeles and Parley for the Oceans. Photo by: Shawn Heinrichs.

Inside this issue, we bring you the latest from Parley for the Oceans. This is a fantastic non-profit organisation who are serious about eradicating single-use plastic and saving the oceans. They have teamed up with artists, fashion brands and organisations worldwide to make positive change. There is no need to buy water all the time; carry an empty bottle. The same goes for coffee cups. We could cut down on landfill waste considerably through these simple measures.

From the series Margins of Excess © 2018 Max Pinckers.

Max Pinckers’ Margins of Excess considers alternative realities in relation to mass media. Looking further backwards, it has been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Ute and Werner Mahler have a retrospective coming up at Fotomuseum Den Haag, which looks at their work in the former GDR alongside more recent pieces. The show is compelling because surveillance was part of the everyday. It’s interesting to note the similarities between then and now, given the level of voyeurism and observation in today’s world. We must ask questions about privacy and boundaries.

Mari-Leen Kiipli, Untitled from the series Passiflora.

In sculpture, we look at 100 new talents, experimenting with material and concept. Meanwhile, Unseen Amsterdam has appointed a new Artistic Director, Marina Paulenka, who has brought together an innovative programme of artists pushing the boundaries of space and perception.

Rebecca Reeve, Untitled #28, (Marjory’s World). Courtesy of the artist and Upfor Gallery.

The following photographers are featured inside this issue – Kyle Thompson, Kyle Jeffers, Sebastian Weiss, Studio Brasch and cover photographer Alessio Albi, alongside our annual feature, the Next Generation, achieved in partnership with London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. This is your opportunity to see the breadth and scope of new work being produced today. Finally, Nina Wiedemeyer, Curator of the Bauhaus-Archiv, gives us the last words. 

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Lead Image: Alessio Albi. Model: Isabella Bubola. Courtesy of the artist.



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