The Gentlewoman No. 11 lands spectacularly with the
sonic virtuoso Björk on the cover photographed by Alasdair McLellan, a
collaboration that has produced The Gentlewoman’s first full-colour
cover. Oh, yes!
Björk surely isn’t the only incredible woman on the pages of this
instalment, which includes the multi-tasking creative force Miranda
July; Scottish motor-racing dynamo Susie Wolff; renegade artist Andrea
Zittel; the industrious British aristocrat Raine, Countess Spencer;
Hollywood film director Ava DuVernay; Watford’s favourite daughters, The
Staves and acting-CEO of the Clinton Foundation, Maura Pally. Fashion
alchemist Hannah MacGibbon leads us on a stylish stroll through north
London, while jazzy seasonal fashions are admirably demonstrated by
Gisele Bündchen, Freja Beha Erichsen and Iselin Steiro. The array of
sunny doings and modern musings is completed by way of a
specially-commissioned portfolio by the wondrous artist Ella
Kruglyanskaya. Oh, yes, here comes the summer!
‘What happened before we got involved in problematic things like
civilization, religion and nationhood ?’ In her conceptual album Medúlla,
Icelandic artist Björk returns to a pagan universe that is entirely
human. Björk’s composition for a cappella voices explores a huge array
of vocal techniques, from throat-singing and choruses to beatboxing and
pop harmonies. Released in 2004, the album was her reaction to counter
the outbreaks of racism and neo-nationalism after the 9/11 attacks. A
decade later, an ensemble of singers representing different generations –
children and youth choirs next to senior opera singers – unites to
redefine in meditative images what Björk named ‘medúlla’ – ‘an ancient
spirit that’s passionate and dark, a spirit that survives’ – the basic
element of human condition that unites us all, despite different
beliefs, origins, nations and ages.
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