WE ARE THE REMIX

Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden, 2017
WE ARE THE REMIX explores the shaping of identities through moving image and music and features eight audiovisual works created by some of the most distinguished artists and filmmakers of today. Drawing on various genres such as music video, documentary, performance and animation the exhibition remixes human histories, imagined futures and dream worlds from across the globe.

MUSEEA were commissioned by curator Aukje Lepoutre Ravn to create an immersive exhibition design and installation for this fascinating exhibition. Resonating with the curatorial theme, MUSEEA designed a miniature cityscape that embraces collectiveness, celebrates diversity and borderlessness – a welcoming architecture where people unite and share experiences.

Participating artists: Halil Altindere, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Anne de Vries, Jeremy Deller & Cecilia Bengolea, Carsten Höller & Måns Månsson, Nastivicious, Rachel Maclean and Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon.

Photo: Hendrik Zeitler















UTOPIAN BODIES – FASHION LOOKS FORWARD

Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015-16
Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward at Liljevalchs was awarded Exhibition of the Year 2015 by the Forum för Utställare, the Association of Swedish Museums.

Utopian Bodies presents over 230 of the world’s most exciting, innovative and thought provoking ideas, objects and videos. The exhibition maps out imaginable futures for the adorned body. How can fashion be harnessed to create a better future? How does fashion relate to the human body, to us as individuals and groups, and the world around us? Presenting fashion’s possibilities and highlighting human creativity, the exhibition aims to inspire visitors to search for their good place, their vision of the future.

Arranged over 15,000 sq feet in eleven galleries – Sustainability, Change, Technology, Craft & form, Craft & Colour, Resistance & Society, Resistance & Beauty, Solidarity, Memory, Gender Identity and Love – the exhibition presents a snapshot of what is possible today and where we can be in the future. With many intriguing objects on display, the exhibition invites visitors to embark on a journey through different worlds. The individually designed galleries are inspired by utopian ideas – some realised and others not. But above all, they highlight the social promise of technology and creativity.

Exhibition highlights include iconic objects by Viktor&Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Christian Dior by Raf Simons, Walter Van Beirendonck, Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Prada, Gucci, Nick Knight/SHOWstudio, Jólan van der Wiel x Iris Van Herpen, Manish Arora, KTZ, Craig Green, Stephen Jones Millinery, KENZO, Acne, Bless, Schiaparelli Haute Couture, Dries Van Noten, Bernhard Willhelm, Naomi Filmer, Sonia Rykiel, Chloé, Massaro, Alexis Themistocleous, Eckhaus Latta, Charlie Le Mindu, Chromat, Gypsy Sport as well as Versace, Maison Martin Margiela and Comme des Garçons amongst many others.

Special thank you to director of Liljevalchs Mårten Castenfors, assistant curator Johan Deurell and fashion historian Hanne Eide, special collaboration with artist Orlando Campbell for the design for Craft & Colour gallery, artist Anastasya Martynova for bespoke mannequins, artist Perry Patraszewski for bespoke headpieces for the Solidarity gallery and artist Charlie Le Mindu for bespoke headpieces for Resistance & Beauty gallery.


Photo: Mattias Lindback











UTOPIAN BODIES – FASHION LOOKS FORWARD CATALOGUE

Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015-16
The accompanying 300-page exhibition catalogue includes contributions from internationally renowned writers, academics, artists and designers – Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Barbara Vinken, Bradley Quinn, Catarina Midby, Christian Lacroix, Christopher Breward, Diane Pernet, Elizabeth Wilson, Franziska Bork-Petersen, Gina X, Hamish Bowles, Hanne Eide, Ingela Klemetz-Farago, Ingrid Giertz-Mårtenson, Jane Tynan, Johan Deurell, Kaat Debo, Kakan Hermansson, Kate Fletcher, Lena Cronqvist, Lykke Li, Madelaine Levy, Magnus Uggla, Marco Pecorari, Maria Ben Saad, Maria Bucher, Marie Fredriksson, Martin Widmark, Mårten Carstenfors, Rosie Taylor-Davies, Roy Andersson, Shaun Cole,  Stina Ekblad, Susanne Madsen, Susanne Ljung, Sven Wollter, Therese Alshammar, Thomas Persson, Twiggy, Ulrika Berglund and Walter Van Beirendonck.

Edited by Johan Deurell and Hanne Eide.



Children’s exhibition catalogue and audio guide.

Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward had children’s activities as a focal point. Author Anna-Klara Mehlich created a dedicated catalogue for children with tailored content and commissioned illustrations by Pernilla Stalfelt, Jojo Falk and Cajsa Wessberg. In addition, a children’s audio-guide, exhibition treasure hunt and adapted wall texts for a younger audience were produced.

In collaboration with Vega Määttä Siltberg, Linea Matei, Agnes Nissen and Sigrid Eggertsdottir, students from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, a children’s workshop area was built, which covered a range of activities such as sewing, drawing and sculpture tasks. A mini exhibition of children’s work and special classes with local exhibiting designers were held during weekends.

Special thank you to Ulrika Hägglund at Liljevalchs.








WHITE PERSPECTIVES of STAMP STAIR,

part of Fashioning Winter,
Somerset House, London, United Kingdom, 2014-2015
White is the colour of winter: ever-present, relentless and beautiful in the fog, the frost, the ice and snow. Although the radiance of white is highly coveted, historically white clothing has been less-commonly seen during this dramatic season.

The history of white is complex and in the context of Western fashion history, colours have been used in both rituals and to mark political and social distinctions. This exhibition considers a number of views on how new materials, technologies and ideologies have contributed to changing the meaning and function of the colour white over time. It looks into the history of white plastic, white ink, white cotton, white pearls white lace, white teeth, white hair, white silk, white paint and white paper.

Architect Louis Savot, in 1626, voiced contemporary beliefs that there was no need for bathrooms, ‘[…] because of our usage of linen, which today serves to keep the body clean more conveniently…’. However, a daily change of linens was for the rich only as it required many servants to keep them white. The arrival of the washing machine and bleach was revolutionary. Soon the white shirt and the white t-shirt became some of the world’s most common garments. In the 1980s and 90s – designers deconstructed ideas of high fashion and cleanliness, and began using stained and slashed fabrics that gave a notion of decay.

The installation design is inspired by the collaborative relationship between Josiah Wedgwood and Sir William Chambers, the architect who designed Somerset House in the 18th century and features white silhouettes by Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela, Gareth Pugh, Kokon To Zai, Bea Szenfeld, Ann-Sofie Back, Iris van Herpen, Fantich & Young, Mao Usami and Charlie Le Mindu.

Special thank you to assistant curator Johan Deurell and fashion historian Hanne Eide.













A QUEEN WITHIN

World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, USA, 2013-14
Within every woman, there is a queen who possesses the most idealised qualities of contemporary womanhood: strength, beauty, leadership, grace, authority and fear. The fashion designer understands this duality better than most. By creating clothing that taps into the beauty and power of female archetypes, the fashion designer creates clothing that portrays who we are and, most importantly, who we want to be.

A Queen Within explores how the power and the symbolism of nine queenly archetypes – The Sage, Mother Figure, Enchantress, Magician, Explorer, Ruler, Heroine, Mother Earth and Thespian – have captured the imaginations of contemporary fashion designers. Throughout the exhibition, both the powers and the weaknesses of each archetype are articulated through garments, but also through photography, film, artwork and storytelling.

The nine themes are based on interpretations of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s most familiar female archetypes, which he derived from observing recurring motives in the myths and fairytales of world literature. It is widely believed that an individual’s personality, male or female, is moulded by the traits of several different archetypes: however, one always tends to dominate.

Each designer and artist featured in this exhibition has included storytelling or has employed symbolism in their work. Indeed, the stories of these familiar archetypes is often illustrated through the creation of conceptual collections, by conceiving characters or through the use of universally known, nonverbal symbols that are nevertheless rich with information.

Through historical symbolism, culled from the annals of art history, the exhibition also explores how the notion of the feminine has evolved from the European Renaissance to today. In royal paintings and portraits, symbols including eyes, ears, serpents, crests and wings were invoked to emphasise the queen’s presence, lineage and power. These same symbols, along with many others, appear throughout the exhibition as specially made sculptures that further materialise these queenly allegories.

Objects from the following designers and artists were exhibited – Alexander McQueen, Anne Deniau, Anrealage, Bea Szenfeld, Chan Luu, Charlie Le Mindu, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Hideki Seo, Henrik Vibskov, Hussein Chalayan, Iris Schieferstein, Iris Van Herpen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jordan Askill, Josefin Arnell, Keta Gutmane, Koji Arai, Maiko Takeda, Maison Martin Margiela, Michael Drummond, Minju Kim, Noritaka Tatehana, Octavia Xiaozi Yang, Pam Hogg, Rein Vollenga, Rejina Pyo, Ryohei Kawanishi, Sandra Backlund, Serena Gili, Shaun Leane and Daphne Guinness, Tabitha Osler, Viktor & Rolf and Writtenafterwards.

In addition, Charlie Le Mindu created bespoke head pieces for the exhibition. Artists Orlando Campbell and Karolina Kling were commissioned to contribute with artwork and sculptures.





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