Elephant is a quarterly magazine on contemporary art and visual culture. Featuring up-to-the-minute visual material, fresh faces and original voices, the magazine covers and uncovers new trends and talent in contemporary visual culture.
Elephant travels to Cape Town in the company of photographer Pieter Hugo gathering an explosive mix of writing, music, design and art, not to mention some highly original socio-political ideas and interesting anecdotes. Sue Hubbard looks at the career of South Africa's seminal artist William Kentridge, who is not the only seminal artist in this issue as we reassess the work (and colourful personality) of Maggi Hambling and visit the studio of France's most controversial artist, Adel Abdessemed. We then put on a diving bell to find out how Jason de Caires Taylor creates his astonishing underwater works before joining orbiting satellites to follow artists working with Google Earth.
I - Open Files: New work by: Hisaji Hara, Thomas Bayrle, Raqib Shaw, David Maljkovic, Toshio Saeki, Adam de Boer, Carlos Bevilacqua, Marcel Dzama, Ron Mueck, Alexander James, Barnaby Furnas, Dominique Figarella, David Batchelor, Gelitin, Souther Salazar, Alex Dordoy, and Pe Lang.
II - Showcase: Anthony Lister, Brecht Evens, Christopher Fprgues, Berndnaut Smilde, Henning von Glerke.
III - Research: News from the textural wasteland: Featuring Clement Valla, Doug Rickard, Mishka Henner and Jon Rafmann.
IV - Process: Jason de Caires Taylor: Let Nature Take Its Course
V - Encounters: Maggi Hambling: Smoke Through the Keyhole Adel Abdessemed: Art With a Hammer William Kentridge's Black Box
VI - Destinations: Cape Town Introduction: featuring Luke Daniel, Athi-Patra Ruga and Faith 47 Taxi Cab Confessions My Black Lover The Baboons Ntone Adjabe Stephen Lamb There is a Place In Hell For Me and My Friends Pieter Hugo Stacy Hardy Montle Moorosi Bradley Abrahams Michael Stevenson Julia Rosa Clark Dan Halter Porky Hefer
Editorial: The Post Contemporary by Marc Valli