No. 23
The White Review

The White Review No. 23 features Julia Armfield’s ‘The Great Awake’, the winner of our fifth annual short story prize. Praised by the judges for its ambitious concept, and the skill with which Armfield pulls it off, the story is testament to the continued power of the prize to discover and create a space for new talent. We’re excited to place this story alongside newly translated short fiction by 2018 Man Booker International Prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones), and Nanae Aoyama (translated by Polly Barton).


Also featured in the issue is an interview with Margo Jefferson, conducted by Zinzi Clemmons,which discusses notions of authenticity in regards to race and craft, intersectionality, mental health issues in minority communities, and the figure of the critic. Elsewhere, Evan Moffitt interviews artist Mernet Larsen on horizons and perspective, abstraction, and the influence of the writing of Rachel Cusk on Larsen’s artistic practice, while the writer Annie Ernaux discusses autofiction, gender and the sociogeography of contemporary France with Lauren Elkin.


Kevin Brazil considers what a queer museum might look like — one which recognises selfhood as an invention, and challenges the impulse to contain and tame an identity that is by its nature unfixed. Sandip Kuriakose applies similar thinking to the art and gay scenes in Delhi, two worlds united by the centrality of images, through which identities — and desires — are constructed. In an essay exploring her Palestinian-Chilean ancestry, Lina Meruane asks how faces can reveal, hide or deceive. As she narrates a trip to Beit Jala to visit relatives, she examines the shifting sands of history and memory. We also present poetry by A. K. Blakemore, Imogen Cassels and Rebecca Goss, and a roundtable (the third in our new roundtable series) on class featuring artist and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade, poet and teacher Raymond Antrobus, artist Tess Denman-Cleaver, and author and lecturer Matthew Sperling. Our panel discuss language and status incongruity, universities and class consciousness, narratives of success, diversity, gentrification, the north-south divide, fashion and cultural capital.


Series of artworks are presented by Allison Katz and Bettina Samson. The cover has been specially designed by Allison Katz.


March 2019

"Welcome to our March issue, where we take you on an exciting Wallpaper* journey through the world of fashion.

Prada has reinforced its position at the forefront of fashion and architecture by collaborating with Kazuyo Sejima, Cini Boeri and Liz Diller, arguably the three most influential female architects working today. We invited Diller to model her very own metamorphic wearable luggage.

Elsewhere we visit Chanel’s métiers d’art workshops, hold up Dior’s intricate couture-like take on menswear, and go for a digital detox with Apple and Hermès in the Yakushima forest in Japan.

Albrecht Dürer-inspired pleats and drapes feature in our cover story by Brigitte Niedermair and Isabelle Kountoure. Working with a 4x5 large-format camera, Niedermair is a master of creating iconic images, soon to be celebrated at the Venice Biennale in May.

We also join architect Farshid Moussavi and curator Andrew Bonacina, visiting Magdalene Odundo as she prepares for her biggest show, at The Hepworth Wakefield, and profile the return of acclaimed menswear designer Adam Kimmel, now redefining the communal workspace as chief creative officer at WeWork.

And, as sustainable thinking has been at the front of our minds for a while, we look at the boom in plant-based materials used in fashion and accessories, from pineapple trainers to apple leather.

Finally, with Takashi Murakami’s tuna nigiri, we proudly celebrate the 100th dish in our artists’ recipe series, a project that has been close to my heart over the last ten years. Ed Ruscha typed out his cactus omelette recipe and sent it to me in the post, Tipp-Ex marks and all, William Eggleston offered up his shepherd’s pie, Cindy Sherman her gnocchi, John Baldessari a platter of eggs, polenta, spinach and bacon.

There was also Erwin Wurm’s deep fried gherkin, Maurizio Cattelan’s Venetian-style cat casserole (no cats were harmed in our shoot), Luc Tuymans’ oxtail consommé, Tom Sachs’ baked Alaska (created according to an exact diagram he provided), and Daniel Buren’s oysters and truffle (he dared me not to use stripes in the photograph). Bon appetit!"

-Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief


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