Aesthetica is a British art and culture magazine. Founded in 2002, Aesthetica Magazine covers photography, visual art, music, film and theatre. It has a readership of over 311,000 and national and international distribution. The magazine includes features on art, film, music and performance, highlighting notable new exhibitions around the world and showcasing photography.
This issue looks at gender and identity politics through Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the age of the Female Gaze, which features 40 female photographers who have all grown up in the age of the selfie and considers how they are exploring self-image and the impact this is having on contemporary art. Featured photographers include Juno Calypso and Isabel Wenzel amongst others. A key question asked is how does the female gaze change when being shot by a woman?
The fashion of South Africa is unpicked through the lens of a developing infrastructure, cultural heritage and ethically sourced couture. New designers are making waves in a country which traditionally isn’t known for its fashion; what does this mean for other non-fashion capitals? Diffusion photography festival returns to Cardiff with the theme of revolution this year, and it couldn’t be a better time to survey this topic. Issue 76 also looks at three of their favourite architects for 2017 who are responding in innovative ways to the world in which we live.
In photography Feridun Akgüngör merges digital and reality to create reflective pieces whilst Thomas Wrede plays with perceptions, Hideaki Hamada continues the conversation around identity and nonconformity, Stuart Allen captures the beauty in the ordinary and Sally Ann & Emily May’s compositions reveal fleeting moments. Finally, Martin Boyce offers the Last Words from his latest show.