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Beauty Papers, Issue 5 – Vanity

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Beauty Papers, a creative biannual about the culture of beauty.

In this issue:

Beauty Papers goes beyond the looking glass to explode the subject of vanity.

From the political to the cultural respectively, Anna-Marie Solowij and Francesca Gavin raise questions about our perceptions of vanity in both the modern and the historical world.

Conversations and comment in the form of exclusive interviews that include; hair visionary Bob Recine, style icon and entrepreneur Michèle Lamy, the Berlin-based gender futurists Eva and Adele. Through the ethereal words of hair artist Julien D’ys in his piece ‘Stream of Comme-sciousness’ we glimpse his creative world and thoughts on the schizophrenic duality of vanity.

Beauty Papers dialogue between artists is always as much a visual conversation as it is a spoken or written one and in this issue the photographic collaborations explore the many facets and subtleties of vanity and narcissism. In journeys that are personal, intimate, unexpected, exquisite: Sarah Moon and Stéphane Marais, Araki and Asashi, Dominique Issermann and Susie & Nick Cave, Inge Grognard and Ronald Stoops, Yelena Yemchuk and Guinverere Van Seenus and Rudi Lewis and Vincent van de Wijngaard inspire.

Narcissism could be described as being fabulous at others expense, but vanity is we have found is a whole different matter. Definitely essential, not inconsequential and certainly perplexing. When vanity is great it can drive the creation of wonder and beauty, showing we can be so much more than just a selfie. So welcome to our big, bold, brave and truly vainglorious Beauty Papers.

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