Elephant #45 – Spring/Summer 2021
Spring/Summer 2021, Elephant’s first biannual issue with a brand-new look, features a double interview between cover stars Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe and Kwesi Botchway. They discuss the new age of portraiture, their encounters with the art market, and the language of Black representation. Quaicoe’s striking self-portrait features on the main-release cover, while a detail from Botchway’s Metamorphose in July appears on a limited-edition version.
In New York, New Guard, we visit the young makers who continue to work in the US metropolis, despite the many spatial and financial challenges that come with it: Farah al Qasimi, Quil Lemons and more share stories of competition, survival and poignant peer support in the Big Apple. Intimacy and physical closeness are threaded throughout the magazine, from Bruegel’s raucous moments of 16th-century revelry, to the surreal sensuality of Aaron Gilbert’s domestic scenes.
Art’s power to make meaningful change is as present as ever: the issue includes in-depth interviews with award-winning artist and activist Poulomi Basu (photographed by Maria Lax), food-focused duo Cooking Sections, multidisciplinary artist Alberta Whittle, and the groundbreaking—yet somewhat overlooked—photographer Ingrid Pollard. Experimental features include the first instalment in an exclusive series by Toyin Ojih Odutola, poetry from Joël Andrianomearisoa and a collaborative essay on the architecture of Marseilles from Jayden Ali and Lotty Sanna. A new portfolio section also presents work by Imogen-Blue Hinojosa, which explores transitioning and the representation of trans bodies.