Robert Shore is the publisher and editor (AKA matriarch) of Elephant magazine. He has worked as an arts journalist for the past 20 years, writing for the likes of the Guardian and working as a theatre critic for Time Out and Metro. He has made a series of programmes for BBC radio, including one about the noseless poet laureate Sir William Davenant. He is the author of Beg, Steal and Borrow, a book about the uses and abuses of copying and appropriation in the history of art; Post-Photography, a survey of contemporary artists-working-with-photography; and Bang in the Middle, a study of Midland history, ritual and folklore.
In issue 33 we speak with artists who are making funny, often using humour to explore life’s dark or bewildering elements. We discuss comedy as a bridge-maker, and as a way to address otherwise impenetrable topics with honesty and catharsis.