INSP14: PERSONAL PORTRAITS
This issue of INSP art magazine deals with personal stories of gender, so much so that this issue has as its theme title 'Personal Portraits'. It is important that this issue highlights personalised reflections of the story of the artists contributing, regarding gender, rather than a generalised social/political one. Intimacy is everything. Connection and empathy with that intimacy can make all the difference in the understanding of others, and that is what I want this issue to be about.
The eight artists who will be contributing to this issue will decide for themselves how they wish to contribute. It can be entirely text led, entirely visual led, a combination of both, or something else entirely. Their contribution can deal with their past, their present, the connection they have with others, their fantasies, their realities, as long as they are personal to each of the artists, anything can be accepted. It is important that each artist feels comfortable and at home with this issue. It is their stories that matter, nothing else.
INSP14 is set for release in early March, though this is a moveable date. I want to get this issue right, it is important and shouldn't be rushed. This issue will also be the first that will be available as a wholly printed version, but more of that later.
More information can of course be found on the John Hopper site (http://djohnhopper.blogspot.co.uk/). INSP14 is shaping up to be an important portrayal of contemporary attitudes and connections to gender, with poets and artists from across three continents contributing to this issue with their own stories, their own portraits.
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