Dysfashional exhibition is a part of Printemps Francais program which is held by Centre Culturel Francais Jakarta. After exhibitions in France, Germany and Russia, in 2011 the exhibition is taking place at National Gallery of Indonesia. The curators chose to ‘dys-placing fashion language and questioning it’s expressive potential’, explore fashion in aesthetics approach and the differences between fashion and art.
HUSSEIN CHALAYAN, Anaesthetics, 2004
The installation Anaesthetics merges design and video to investigate the sensitive but in the negative, highlighting it’s surpression. Concentrating on the formal processes of the neutralisation of violence, the film accentuates how certain rituals of style and aesthetical procedures can become real anaesthetic strategies.
AMIE DICKE, Effacement, 2008;
Where are the stars, but points in the Body of the God where we insert the healing needles of our terror longing?, 2007.
The Amsterdam-based artist Amie Dicke considers her work as a self-portrait. She projects her own feelings on surrounding objects and images. She writes “I like the work ‘consuming’ because it means to destroy or expend through use, to ‘use up’”. Her work is about understanding and feeling the objects and images, taking possession od then in order to insert her own personality into these objects and images. By working in layers, by adding or by removing, she is hoping to find a truth, a deeper meaning or a shadow side. In her work on fashion magazines, she rips, cuts and transforms images. This dissection of images enables her to point out a critic on the use of this mass communication medium.
RAF SIMONS, Repeat,1995-2005
Repeat exhibits Raf Simons’s imaginary world through a series of silent videos. These screens simultaneously broadcast different sequences shot by Peter de Potter as elements of film editing, which reveal the complex personality of the designer and the magnetic vision he has relentlessly put forward: that of transition - adolescence to adulthood, a paradoxical wandering between rage and distraction, black and white, darkness and light.
MICHAEL SONTAG, Schminktisch, 2009
Following fashion studies in both Berlin and Paris, the young German designer Michael Sontag worked for the likes of C.neeon, Kenzo, and Givenchy before presenting his first line at Berling Fashion Week in July 2009. Allowing himself no themes or fixed boundaries, Sontag creates clean and elegant looks which are offered only in limited quantities upon order. For Dysfashional, he offers us an interactive installation: inspired by a dressing-table, Schminktisch invites the viewer to ‘observe’ himself, awake his senses and question the vanity of images.
OSCAR LAWALATA, Education, 2011
Fashion designer Oscar Lawalata’s installation is directly inspired by the traditional classroom, focused on nine wooden chairs covered by ikat fabrics of East Nusa Tenggara. The process originates with Oscar’s experiences creating works creating this traditional fabric. Bringing us closer to the journey, it is a re-evaluation of the designer’s perception and creative roles in the production process. The object is no longer important, but the creative process itself is presented as ‘education’
STELLA RISSA + JAY SUBIAKTO, Boxes, 2011
The Multitalented artist, Jay Subiakto and designer Stella Rissa, both try to accomplish simultaneously and in collaboration, the creation of an installation in two forms. Their experimental creations in ‘Passion Room’ offer a variety of choices and plenty of surprises. Every room is different and distinct, and each of them has four sides, four shapes, four rooms and four sensations. There are no more rules or boundaries in fashion and both explore sensitive themes, visualizing lips as Lingga, silhouettes or movements of women as Yoni, water drops as infinity, and light as organic, taking possession of it’s own experience. The rooms represent fantasy, creativity and passion through textures, visuals and sound.
DITA GAMBIRO, Mbak Yu, 2007;
Safety First, 2007
The two works by Dita Gambiro focus on issues concerning women and their position within the family and in society that will never change completely. Mbak Yu is a series of seven wooden sticks of various dimensions hanging on the wall, made from synthetic hair, rattan and wood. Her other installation, Safety First, is a five series of helmets made of synthetic hair, hair buns (sanggul), hair accessories, helmets and rattan, displayed on a white table. The works reflect on the protection from and the prevention of invasion of cultural traits and social patterns in a society.
ANTONIO MARRAS, Le Orfanelle, 2006
A field made up of fabric cones, Antonio Marras’s installation is an enigmatic landscape with numerous interpretations. Though their shape may evoke skirts, the light they diffuse makes them appear as inhabited tents. This production by Marras, artistic director of Kenzo Woman as well of his own label, is marked by his native Sardinia and always strives to respect the balance between contemporary life and the legacy of past traditions, pret-a-porter and haute-couture, art and fashion
This installation is the highlight of the exhibition but i couldn’t get a good picture because it’s located in a small room so i made a video + the fabric detail: (sorry it’s shaky and choppy)
Dysfashional Exhibition opens until 15 May 2011.
All photos taken by me.