Friday, 3 December 2010

Aware: Art Fashion Identity

Winter Show - Highly Recommend

The Royal Academy of Arts and London College of Fashion present GSK Contemporary 2010, at 6 Burlington Gardens. Aware: Art Fashion Identity will focus on how artists and a number of designers examine clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity. With work by 30 emerging as well as established international contemporary practitioners including Marina Abramović, Hussein Chalayan, Andreas Gursky, La Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Yoko Ono, Grayson Perry, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Gillian Wearing RA and Yohji Yamamoto.

The show is divided into four sections.
Storytelling will acknowledge the role of clothing in the representation of personal and cultural history.
 Susie Macmurray, Widow, 1999

Building will cover the concept of clothing being used as a form of protection and the notion of carrying one’s own shelter, referencing the nomadic, portable nature of modern life. 
                           Mella Jaarsma
Belonging and Confronting will examine ideas of nationality as well as displacement and political and social confrontation, recognizing the tensions associated with the assimilation of new cultures and traditions.
                                         Sharif Waked’s video installation,Chic Point Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints, 2003
The importance of Performance in the presentation of fashion and clothing, and in highlighting the roles that we play in our daily life, will be explored in the final section. 

 Film footage of Yoko Ono’s performance of Cut Piece at Carnegie Recital Hall, New York in 1965

            Art installation by British/Turkish Cypriot fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, entitled 'Son of Sonzai, 2010,' 

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