Real Review 8
Publisher: Real Review 2019, ISBN: 9781916406810, Format: Softcover, 260 x 115 cm, 90-100 pp
Real Review is a quarterly contemporary culture magazine with the strapline “what it means to live today” and an agenda that focuses on the politics of space, and trying to understand how everyday conditions enforce and reinforce power relations.
In issue 8 of Real Review, Chelsea Manning is interviewed about identity and autonomy, Virgil Abloh and Jack Self talk about how to dissolve power structures; Wolfgang Tillmans presents a 16-page special insert reviewing contemporary life. Comedian Elf Lyons reviews austerity Britain (with readymades by Nicole McLaughlin), and Jacob Dreyer reviews the current state of globalisation from the border of China and North Korea (with DPRK photography by Yuyang Liu). In two poems, Svetlana Marich reviews her desire for a doctor.
Also in the issue: Johann Hari reviews depression and Shumon Basar reviews our obsession with fame. Jack Self reviews "low batt" while Efe reviews the NYC blackout. Pier Vittorio Aureli reviews the Italian radical Marxist autonomia movement, and Sophia Alami reviews the hijab. The rise and rise of streetwear is reviewed by John-Paul Trang, and Colby Vexler and Justin Clemens review the millennial obsession with houseplants. Holland Drury and Damian Fopp review the power politics of the chaise longue.