Issue 246: “Celebrations”

Issue 246: “Celebrations”

Aperture Magazine

Cover: Aperture, spring 2022.

March 17, 2022
Issue 246: “Celebrations”
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This spring, Aperture magazine presents “Celebrations,” an issue that considers how photographs envision ceremonies, festivities‚ and the exuberance of everyday life. “Celebrations” is a nod to a 1974 issue by the same title, in which the editors of Aperture noted: “Today, there is a great need for emphasizing the climactic affirmations of life’s events and feelings.”

Throughout “Celebrations,” photographers portray vitality against backdrops of political strife, pursue the thrill of wanderlust, excavate family histories, and respond to the powerful, constant urge to gather—reminding us that marking time and pausing to look are also forms of revelry.

In the issue:

“What Makes a Celebration?”
How photographs honor community and love, mourning and jubilation
Lynne Tillman

“Because the Night”
Roxy Lee and the freedom of club culture
Charlie Porter

“When the Party Came to Lagos”
Marilyn Nance’s euphoric chronicle of FESTAC ’77
Anakwa Dwamena

“Around the World”
Jamie Hawkesworth seeks beauty in travels from Detroit to Mongolia
Alistair O’Neill

“Shikeith’s Black Uncanny”
A young artist’s vision of Black queer spiritual life
Tiana Reid

“After the Fall”
Tobias Zielony captures the yearning for youthful self-determination
A Conversation with Kimberly Bradley

“The Shape of Things”
How Rinko Kawauchi became a visual poet of the everyday
Moeko Fujii

“What’s Ours”
In Lebanon, Myriam Boulos finds exuberance amid revolution
Mona Eltahawy

“Itaewon Story”
Heinkuhn Oh’s glamorous mavericks of 1990s-era Seoul
Harry C. H. Choi

“Night Revels of Kinshasa”
Jean Depara’s cosmopolitan scenes of midcentury Congo
Yasmina Price

“Under the Blue Sun”
For Fabiola Menchelli, abstraction is a form of alchemy
Kate Palmer Albers

Will Matsuda’s meditations on the American landscape
Lucy Ives

Plus—Britt Salvesen on LACMA’s new photography collection by European women; Kaya Genç on Sabiha Çimen’s collaborative project with Turkish students; Randy Kennedy on Kenié Sugiura and the boundaries between photography and painting; Elisabeth Zerofsky on Mohamed Bourouissa’s prescient book about the Parisian suburbs; and Sohrab Hura on Bruce Lee, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and the secret life of Dayanita Singh

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Support has been provided by members of Aperture’s Magazine Council: The Kanakia Foundation, Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović, and Susan and Thomas Dunn. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Aperture’s programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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