Sleek #64


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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The Trance Issue

For the winter issue of SLEEK—covered by Kembra Pfahler and lensed by Fumi Nagasaka —we wanted to explore the idea of drugs, dosing and trance-like states. Drugs have obviously always been a huge part of society and culture, but recently they’ve crossed over into the mainstream via microdosing, cannabis edibles and a boom in people openly talking about pill-popping. This whole idea of ‘dosing’ feels like the perfect way to explore art, culture and a bit of fashion, too, which is why we decided to theme this issue around it.

—Performance artist, musician and filmmaker Kembra Pfahler speaks to Stoya about artistic rebellion, with portraits by New York-based photographer Fumi Nagasaka
—Photographer Renell Medrano speaks to Gem Fletcher about using her inner resources and capturing her subjects’ vitality and flaws
—Laurie Simmons on photographing her two children, Lena and Cyrus Grace Dunham
—LVMH Prize-winner Thebe Magugu on being embraced by the luxury fashion world
—A series of illustrations set in a dystopian city by multidisciplinary artist Claire Barrow
—Womenswear shot by Adrienne Raquel and styled by Alexander Julian

—Sirin Kale on how the humble mushroom has been an icon of the drug scene since the Sixties
—Camila Falquez documents practitioners of the Yoruba religion in Cuba
—Kieran Yates examines the booming weed industry’s class double bind
—Chris Klaus on how drugs have affected her and the people around her

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