Elephant Autumn Winter 2021

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This is our second print magazine in biannual format, featuring legendary musician and artist Laurie Anderson (photographed by Mayan Toledano) on our main release cover and world-renowned British artist John Akomfrah  (photographed by Lauryn-Alexi Ipinson-Fleming) on our special release issue.  

Akomfrah and Ayana V Jackson feature in our second ever artist on artist Encounter, discussing the places their art begins and the shared areas it’s taking them to. Larry Achiampong describes a journeying through past, present and future, including the trauma that ripples through generations. Haegue Yang talks about working in Cornwall’s wintry climate, sharing how she became one with the “overwhelming power” of the landscape. And Anderson muses about life in post-Trump America, via VR trips to the Moon and surreal performances at US vaccination centres.  

Yan Wang Preston shares her recent, sublime photography project from England’s moors: With Love. From an Invader evokes the powerful, primal connection that humans have with the land, and utilises the imported rhododendron flower to connect Britain’s colonial past with the artist’s motherland.  

In State of a Nation, Glasgow-based photographer Furmaan Ahmed visits six young artists working across Scotland and England. They share their first-hand experiences of living and making art in the UK, interrogating ideas of Britishness, belonging, stereotypes and stigmas. 

We also welcome back our three returning columnists. Toyin Ojih Odutola has created a magnificently rendered original artwork and text, exploring the notion of home; Charlotte Jansen questions the connection between creativity and raising children; and Jayden Ali discusses the city of Liverpool, from its history as a slave port, through the 20th-century violence of WWII, Thatcher’s ‘managed-decline’ and the Hillsborough disaster, and on to a hopeful possible future. 

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