The second issue of Closing Ceremony Magazine is about 'Americano'. In this issue, instead of taking the American Photography History as the editing orientation, the magazine attempts to continue their Not-Too-Serious narrative, and present the observation of contemporary America and American Photography in a relatively relaxing context. Centring on the American Spirit, Closing Ceremony invited more than 10 U.S. based photographers to expand this issue into topics such as gender, politics, class and consumption. By re-constructing and visualising the minor details of daily life, setting them in a bright and clear lighting, these photographers create a new order, in which the realness and fiction is hard to distinguish. And through the images, their voices can be heard among the chaos that America is going through. Either the images about tourists lost in the bottom of Trump Tower, or the images of white middle-class men cooking healthy food in a mansion located in L.A., the series of images created by these photographers brings a huge contrast to the proud American portraits.
Apart from photography, articles written by artists, curators, researchers come along in this second issue, as well as a set of special featured illustrations drawn by American artist Drake Carr, which brings the topic America into various forms. The magazine also includes 'The Proud Smoke', a photographic essay about American visual culture by Joël Vacheron, senior lecturer and investigator of Visual Communication of ECAL.
CLOSING CEREMONY Magazine 02 features 10 contributing photographers: Buck Ellison, Charlie Engman, Chris Maggio, Eva O'Leary, Gregory Halpern, Matthew Connors, Peter Sutherland, Pixy Liao, Sophie Tianxin Chen, Torbjørn Rødland, along with an essay written by Joël Vacheron and articles written by Robin Peckham and Peng Ke.
202 pages, 21 x 27.5 cm, softcover, Same Paper (Shanghai).