Kolaj #21


Kolaj #21 delivers a look at the wonderful world of contemporary collage: the people who make it and the people who love it.


“I went to a collage night at The Women’s Centre for Creative Work (Los Angeles), hanging out and cutting up paper seemed like fun. I didn’t think too much about it. They had a ton of magazines to work with and in couple of hours I ended up with five collages. They were like nothing that I’d ever done before. The process was fast, intuitive, and raw. It blew my mind. It was definitely a turning point. Collaging was playful and liberating.” –Yasmine Diaz

On the Cover: My Messy Desk by Shawn Miller. For the first time in the magazine’s history, the cover does not feature an actual collage. My Messy Desk is a photograph of Shawn Miller’s workspace. Micaela Marini Higgs profiles this collagist who goes by the moniker, WasteOfPaste.

In the issue’s editorial, The Golden Age of Collage, Ric Kasini Kadour reflects on collage’s best years.

We report on an important exhibition of Max Ernst works at Museum of Modern Art in New York City; how the fires in Santa Rosa, California claimed an artist’s collage works; a collaboration project designed to “encourage generosity,” and two new titles by the ever prolific Musta Fior.

Sofia Misenheimer reports on how Kenyan collagist Jacque Njeri elevates African identity to celestial heights.

“In Maasai culture, beadwork produced by women articulates identity and societal position…The astronaut’s decorative collar indicates she is a woman of status—the prominence of red beads signifies her bravery, while the blue strands connect her to the sky. The colourful adornment contrasts with the monochrome lunar landscape, reinforcing its significance and the self-assured nature of the wearer,” writes Misenheimer.

In “Unintended Archeology of (un)Place”, Etty Yaniv reports on four artists making collage in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

In Collage Taxonomy, we review the German collage zine Anleitung zur Ersten Hilfe bei Unfällen by Stefan Heuer & Susanna Lakner and define “Collage Play”.

Aryana Ghazi-Hessami writes about Yemeni-American artist Yasmine Diaz, who used collage to tell her story of escaping the fate of a forced arranged marriage and a life of oppressive misogyny and limited freedom.

“Collage has become Diaz’s cathartic way of taking specific fragmented memories, deconstructing them and then piecing it together to express universal essential elements of teenage angst and rebellion,” writes Ghazi-Hessami.

Elisabeth Wild is a 95-year-old artist from Vienna who is making collage from the Guatemalan jungle. “Wild’s collages emanate a sense of vibrant interior spaces charged with unsettling dualities—movement and stasis, off balance and equilibrium, contemporary and timeless,” writes Etty Yaniv.

Artist Portfolios in Kolaj #21

Kolaj Magazine features portfolios of contemporary artists in each issue alongside critical commentary as a means of developing a deeper understanding of collage as both a medium and a genre. Artists featured in the current issue:

Axelle Kieffer
Savannah, Georgia, USA

“Making traditional handmade collages is to me close to modern science, close to genetic manipulation in a laboratory.”

Burry Buermans
Loubagueira, Portugal

“Buermans’ collage demonstrate a sensitivity to source material….his source materials don’t ‘go to waste but are recycled in an artistic way.'”

Elise Margolis
New York, New York, USA

“Using bold gestural strokes or creating an oasis of colour to immerse myself in is a way that I express my thoughts.”

John Washington
Manchester, United Kingdom

“I enjoy finding metaphors and new connections from seemingly disparate images and my collages are imbued with personal meaning.”

Katinka Hanselman
Voerendaal, The Netherlands

“Her collages often depict strange and absurd illustrations because a collage doesn’t have to resemble reality.”

And as always, a Kolaj Artist Directory & Collage Books.

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