Elephant #47 – Spring/Summer 2022

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Elephant’s Spring/Summer 2022 edition embraces life. Performance art icon Marina Abramović beams out from one of our two covers, while our alternative special cover showcases one-time student and teacher pairing Sin Wai Kin and Tai Shani in full wedding regalia. Inside the issue, the importance of lives lived to the max fills every page.

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“My god, if these are my last days let’s have the best time,” Abramović says in a passionate and wide-ranging interview. Sinand Shani, meanwhile, interview each other for this issue. Photographed in wedding splendour by Hidhir Badaruddin, they discuss gender performance and bold ambitions in a revealing artist-on-artist conversation. Elsewhere, Lou Stoppard explores the ways that artists have photographed their romantic partners, in moments of rest, ageing and, in one case, urination. Conversely, painter Wangari Mathenge rails against using art as a window into an artist’s life, Hew Locke wonders about what art can do to undercut the narratives of history, and Nathan Beard shares a tender photographic series documenting the Thai ceremony that followed his mother’s death. We also see five artists plan for catastrophic futures in Age of Apocalypse, with each dystopian scenario brought to expressive life by illustrator Viktor Hachmang. Look out too for Toyin Ojih Odutola’s latest Missed Connections piece, artist Marcel Dzama’s late-night studio recipe, architect Jayden Ali’s thoughts on the immense cultural and social value London’s markets, and much, much more.