Aperture 244 - Fall 2021


Aperture magazine presents an issue exploring the idea of cosmologies—the origins, histories, and local universes that artists create.
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Issue Details

In this issue of Aperture, photographers explore the idea of cosmologies through their origins, histories, and local universes. The issue will feature a profile of Deana Lawson, whose work draws on visions of the African diaspora; a look at the role of the photograph in the paintings of Vija Celmins, which consider natural phenomena, the cosmos, and time; Michael Schmidt’s imagery of artistic life in Berlin in the 1980s; Batia Suter’s work with found images; Pao Houa Her’s project on the experiences of Hmong people, and much more.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 136
Publication date: 2021-09-07
Measurements: 9.25 x 12 x 12 inches
ISBN: 9781597115056

Significant support of Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation and by Slobodan Randjelović and Jon Stryker. Further generous support is provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Aperture Foundation’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.

Table Of Contents


Liz Johnson Artur, Tokyo: Art & Photography, Gillian Wearing, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok

Day Jobs
Kerry Manders on Catherine Opie’s industrious work ethic

Lou Stoppard on visions of nightlife, from Nairobi to Ibiza

Geoff Dyer on Fred Eaglesmith, Dayanita Singh, and the pleasures of rereading Middlemarch


Deana Lawson: The Conjurer
The great portraitist reimagines the world by revealing mystic truths
A Conversation with Greg Tate

Berlin Stories
How the divided German capital became Michael Schmidt’s life’s work
Gesine Borcherdt

Theo Eshetu: Infinite Screens
A prolific video artist considers identity and belonging
Emmanuel Iduma

The World of Judith Joy Ross
Through empathic portraits, individuals form a collective citizenry
Rebecca Bengal


Return of the Light
For Anne Hardy, the River Thames yields ethereal photograms
Lena Fritsch

Batia Suter reinvents scientific books as lyrical assemblages
Brian Sholis

Mystic Parallax
Awol Erizku’s surreal visions of Africa and its diaspora
Ashley James

In Colombia, Jim C. Nedd reflects on the visual codes of mythology
Daniel Berndt

Tom Sandberg’s meditations on absence
Pico Iyer

Cosmic Atlas
Tavares Strachan’s assemblages of colliding histories
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Good Night
Feng Li’s absurdist dramas on the streets of Chinese cities
Xuan Juliana Wang

My Grandfather Turned into a Tiger
Between Laos and Minnesota, Pao Houa Her’s memories and dreams
Kong Pheng Pha

True North
Dionne Lee’s intricate collages portray the poetics of survival
Shiv Kotecha

Southern Journeys
In the 1980s, Baldwin Lee made stars of his Black subjects
Casey Gerald

Juan Brenner chronicles the glitter and gold of Guatemala’s youth
Suleman Sheikh Anaya


5 questions for Akwaeke Emezi

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