Aperture Magazine
#237, Winter 2019

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In a time of hyper-active communication, unending consumerism, and political confusion, 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. Contributors include Haleh Anvari, Ian Bourland, David Campany, Sheryl Garratt, Susan Hiller, Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Siddhartha Mitter, Santu Mofokeng, Mare Nero, Dave Swindells, and Lynne Tillman.

“Spirituality” is on newsstands December 10.

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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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