Aperture 237 - Winter 2019


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Wolfgang Tillmans guest-edits Aperture’s “Spirituality” issue, which features contributions by artists, scientists, and writers who examine the different ways photography has been used to represent humanity’s longing for spiritual connection and solidarity.

In a time of hyperactive communication, unending consumerism, and political confusion, Wolfgang Tillmans guest-edits an issue of Aperture on the subject of spirituality and its connection to solidarity. “People are touched and moved by experiences of genuine solidarity,” Tillmans notes. “Solidarity describes a degree of selflessness, or experiences that remind people of values higher than the pure materialistic culture we’re in.”

This issue, featuring contributions by leading artists, scientists, novelists, and philosophers, will look at different ways of considering humanity’s longing for spiritual connection—from the shared sense of purpose behind global mass protests, to the collective spirit of the dance floor, to how image-makers have strived to visualize the intangible and the inexplicable.

Key features include: a look at the role of spiritualism in the work of Minor White, Aperture’s founding editor; esteemed physicist Peter Galison on the recent landmark image of a black hole; David Swindells’s chronicle of underground rave culture in London; Siddhartha Mitter on images of protests in Hong Kong, Cairo, and Standing Rock; a collaborative project by Olivia Laing and Mary Manning; Sean O’Toole on Santu Mofokeng and South Africa’s spiritual landscapes; plus portfolios by Susan Hiller, Mare Nero, Harit Srikhao, and more.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 136
Publication date: 2019-12-10
Measurements: 9.25 x 12 x 0.6 inches
ISBN: 9781597114639

Generous support for the “Spirituality” issue of Aperture magazine is provided by the MurthyNAYAK Foundation.

Significant support for Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation. Further generous support is provided, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Table Of Contents


Agenda: Exhibitions to See
Gauri Gill, Dawoud Bey, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Because the Night

Lucy Gallun on Tosh Matsumoto

Sean L. Malin on John Pilson’s Trumpian Collages

By Roe Ethridge


What is Spirituality?
By Jiddu Krishnamurti

Spirituality Is Solidarity
Wolfgang Tillmans and Martin Hägglund in Conversation

Looking for Transcendence
By David Campany

Seeing the Unseeable
Peter Gailson in Conversation with Elizabeth Kessler

The Darkness and the Light
By Sean O’Toole


Minor White
Introduction by Ian Bourland

Susan Hiller
Introduction by Lynne Tillman

Wolfgang Tillmans
Project: Are photographs words?

Dave Swindells
Introduction by Sheryl Garratt

Protest: A Portfolio
Introduction by Siddhartha Mitter

Solidarity Is Spirituality
A Conversation between Mary Manning and Olivia Laing

Mare Nero
Introduction by Haleh Anvari

Harit Srikhao
Introduction by Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol


Object Lessons
Freedom Rally, 1962

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