Seated around fires and together at feasts, narratives made sense of this swiftly spinning world, introducing one to another, connecting across time and space and culture. The stories we tell have the power to bridge divisions of race or ethnicity, gender or sexuality – to bring us together in a shared harmony. To do this, Tolstoy suggests that these are all, in the end, “two tales – one goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”
“We open this book with an incredible woman of colour, creatively steering her estate in North Africa over decades, and we continue to feature influential innovators — showcasing diversity throughout. ”
The first edition features those breaking new ground in an industry more diverse, vast and competitive than it has ever been – and the manifold variations of each individual and collective vision reflects this rich medley. Terms, categorisations or divisions – maximalist or minimalist, trendy or timeless, classic or cutting-edge – hardly seem relevant here, as what emerges from each is a narrative of artistry unique to the time and setting of conception.