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Family

“The family photograph is a marker of myths,” Glen Helfand writes in Aperture’s Winter 2018 issue, “Family.” At a moment of conservative backlash to queer rights and of the separation of families at the U.S. border, the image of the family you have—or the family you choose in search of connections across race and sexuality—has never been more important. “Family” features essays by literary figures including Sheila Heti, Pico Iyer, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, as well as photography by Diana Markosian, whose family emigrated from Russia to California; Liz Johnson Artur, who has spent her career photographing individuals of the African diaspora; and a special portfolio by Stefan Ruiz of the House of Xtravaganza, one of New York’s legendary ballroom houses. Throughout “Family,” artists and photographers transform the group portrait through appropriation, performance, conceptual intervention, and long-term community engagement.

“Family” is on newsstands December 4.

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Table of Contents

Front 

Agenda
Graciela Iturbide, Don McCullin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claudia Andujar

Dispatches
Jyoti Dhar on Sri Lanka

Spotlight
Ka-Man Tse’s narrow distances
by Stephanie H. Tung

Curriculum
by Hannah Starkey

Words

Editors’ Note

Liz Johnson Artur: Black Balloon Archive
by Ekow Eshun

Into the Album
by Carmen Winant

Domestic Labor
Lynne Tillman and Justine Kurland in Conversation

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara
by Rebecca Bengal

Masahisa Fukase: Father Figure
by Tomo Kosuga

American Families
Deborah Willis in Conversation with Rhea L. Combs

Pictures

Motoyuki Daifu
Introduction by Dan Abbe

Charlie Engman
Introduction by Sheila Heti

Tammy Rae Carland
Introduction by Glen Helfand

Kathryn Harrison
Introduction by John Jeremiah Sullivan

House of Xtravaganza by Stefan Ruiz
Introduction by Mikelle Street

Tenzing Dakpa
Introduction by Pico Iyer

George Awde
Introduction by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

David Armstrong
Introduction by Jesse Dorris

Christopher Anderson
Introduction by Sara Knelman

Back

Object Lessons
Cathy Cade’s Archives, 1970s–80s

 

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