CHARLES GAINES Artist American artist Gaines frequently delves into how rational thought and generative systems can drive conceptualism. Candied yams is his dish of choice for our back page (page 114), a recipe he credits to his mother Amelia. This is a big year for Gaines, with shows at Hauser & Wirth London and SFMOMA. The artist is also a long-time faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts, where he recently established a fellowship to support Black MFA students.
MINAKO NORIMATSU Writer Japanese journalist Norimatsu now lives in Paris, just a stone’s throw from restaurant and gallery Ogata, which she covered for us last year (W*252). We asked her to interview fashion designer Ryohei Kawanishi about his new label, Les Six (page 070).
‘It was such a pleasure to chat with a person who changed course at this difficult period and truly enjoys a slow but creative life,’ she says. A stylist herself, Norimatsu is keeping busy during lockdowns by making and selling face and eye masks.
TILLY MACALISTER-SMITH Contributing editor A Brit based in New York, Macalister-smith knows Copenhagen well from fashion week visits and appreciates how ‘the Danes know how to have a good time as much as they enjoy their creative work’. This month, she interviewed Danish artists Karl Monies (page 068) and Lulu Kaalund (page 072). ‘There is such a strong creative community in Copenhagen, and often disciplines cross worlds. I wasn’t surprised to learn that Lulu and Karl knew each other, or that Lulu is an accomplished chef,’ says Macalister-smith.
TINO CHIWARIRO Photographer We tasked the London-based Chiwariro, who is originally from Zimbabwe, with capturing the bold, sculptural beauty of Emefa Cole’s jewellery (page 058). Chiwariro is proud to be part of an upcoming group exhibition at Home by Ronan Mckenzie, ‘one of a few Black-owned art spaces in London’, which should open in the summer. ‘I’m looking forward to showing work in a space that focuses on supporting Black, indigenous and people of colour,’ she says.
CHIESKA FORTUNE SMITH Photographer Born in Baltimore to a Japanese dancer and an African American soul singer, Fortune Smith is renowned for her intriguing blend of street, portrait and documentary imagery. She revelled in the challenge of shooting this month’s beauty story (page 086) in the middle of a pandemic. ‘The team had to be very minimal, but actually that was an advantage,’ she says. ‘It created a playful and intimate atmosphere that lent itself well to the nature of the brief.’
JOSH DAVID PAYNE Photographer We kept Payne busy this month by asking him to shoot both our Newspaper section (page 041) and profiles of three up-andcoming fashion designers (page 060). ‘To be commissioned for a fashion shoot by Wallpaper* when my work is predominantly still-life was a privilege,’ says Payne. ‘My method is experimental and spontaneous, and having the freedom to make that work for these shoots was an absolute blessing.’ He is now working on a book with artist and musician Billy Howard Price.