Sleek #60

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Sleek magazine is an art magazine in the widest sense, with a progressive view on what constitutes art. Dedicated to documenting and exploring the visual contemporary, we are committed to utilizing the universal language of the image to create unique connections between the cutting edge of culture and intellectual movements.

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Welcome to the Winter 2018 issue of SLEEK!

The last four decades have been a rollercoaster in self-care jargon. Type “self-care” into Amazon, and hundreds of books appear with cloying names like You Are a Badass and Women Who Love Too Much. It’s easy to forget in our era of millennial self-care-as-a-badge-of-honour, that in the Seventies, it was a buzzword for the desperate. Despite self-care now being one of the most popular hashtags on Instagram, as a chaotic 2018 looms to a close, the idea of bubble baths or cancelling plans as routes to self-actualisation is beginning to look a little shallow.

In this issue of SLEEK we wanted to explore self-help. But instead of recommending the perfect perfume or the best film to watch for a night on the sofa, we’re casting a side-eye at a worrying cultural phenomenon.

FEATURING
– Photographer and Instagram icon Nadia Lee’s portfolio looking at our contemporary obsession with the self
– “Just Listen” an exploration of the work of human rights investigator and audio artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan
– Man Booker prize longlisted author Sophie Mackintosh’s self-help inspired short story
– An essay on “The Cult of Self-Care” by Kieran Yates
– Profiles on the London artists fighting austerity and elitism in the art world
– An interview with Los-Angeles based artist Martine Syms on her prodigious 2018 and her upcoming exhibitions in 2019
– A profile on the religious influencer @jstlbby, beloved by the likes of Grace Wales Bonner and Naomi Campbell.
– One of SLEEK’s favourite photographers Ruth Ossai’s exclusive cabinet portfolio “9ja” shot in Lagos, Anamabra and Enugu State in Nigeria

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