Ingmar Bergman once said of his films: “I want to give [the public] a blow in the small of the back, to scorch their indifference, to startle them out of their complacency.”
It is this intrepid spirit of artistry that marks Elephant’s sojourn to Stockholm this summer. We immerse ourselves in the hugely visionary, yet simple and functionalist aesthetic of the Swedish, bringing you insightful interviews with product creators such as Teenage Engineering and artists like Jonas Böttern and Emily Mennerdahl. Margherita Dessanay ventures further on to the Middle East, and explores the intersection between traditional and modernity that materialises itself in contemporary art from the region. Ben Eastham delivers a humorous critique of the art fair circuit with his work, rounding off a very eclectic issue.