The Winter 2021 cover of the magazine features illustration by Sawsan Chalabi. 3 individuals are beaming lights at each other from where their faces would be. There are three birds and some clouds in the background.

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From left to right: pencil illustrated portrait of Maria Agui Carter by Susan Q Yin; watercolor painted portrait of Zeng Jinyan from 'Outcry and Whisper' by Trish McAdam courtesy of Icarus Films; pencil illustrated portrait of Sam Feder by Susan Q Yin (

Winter 2021

The Winter 2021 issue takes up where Getting Real ‘20 left off, when, in the midst of a firestorm of a year, a global assembly of attendees addressed head-on the issues and themes that had been driving the community. Here we publish the keynote addresses from filmmakers Maria Agui Carter, Zeng Jinyan and Sam Feder, Besides Getting Real, there was Creative Futures, a collection of essays commissioned by the Ford Foundation. We have republished six of the essays, by a cross-section of thought leaders, about where we ought to be heading in these unsteady days.


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