Document Spring/Summer 2020
For Document Spring/Summer 2020, we map the course of the world around us—only to arrive at a cultural and social precipice. With global economies on hold, we are living in a surreal, new landscape that has separated us from one another even as it has brought us together.
Daily life may be on pause, but artists and creative minds are busier than ever. Creative expression has a unique ability to shine a light on our shared experiences. As Louis Fratino reminds us in his conversation with actor Russell Tovey, “Art is so much about affirming life. Normal life has become something that people are yearning for so badly, so art with life-affirming qualities becomes that much more precious.”
Much of the issue’s production took place prior to the onset of COVID-19, but many of the conversations have a prescient ability to address issues relevant in a post-pandemic world. The issue features some of the most significant creative minds working today, among them: Earl Cave, Stuart Murdoch, Samantha Irby, Durga Chew-Bose, Kim Jones, Orville Peck, Simone Rocha, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Renfro, and Jacolby Satterwhite.
Elsewhere in the issue, photographer Laurence Ellis documents firsthand the impacts of not heeding global warnings with a beautiful and haunting vision of the wildfires in Australia; pollution in Zambia; and plastic (recycling) in Vietnam. Also featured in the issue: a look at how technology is radically reshaping the way we live, from sex to food production.
Document No. 15 features covers created by Willy Vanderperre and Olivier Rizzo, Mario Sorrenti and creative director Sarah Richardson, Venetia Scott, Richard Bush, and painter Amoako Boafo, as well as a series of special limited edition covers created by artists in response to the global pandemic, including Christopher Wool, multi-disciplinary Virgil Abloh, visionary conceptual artist Mel Bochner, Native American artist and activist Edgar Heap of Birds, and pioneering artist Judy Chicago.
Taken together, these covers and the dynamic conversations and features that underpin the issue help illuminate the extraordinary perseverance, will, and creativity that animate our world and remind us that even in isolation, we are never truly alone.
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