• Eccentric Objects Rana Begum & Carsten Höller at CFHILL

    Written by Fashion Tales

    How far can we reduce form and narrative before we prevent it from producing meaning, or being used as a launch pad for new meanings and experiences? In CFHILL’s new exhibition, Rana Begum and Carsten Höller show works that explore questions that were originally posed by the minimalists–and produce new and surprising effects in the process.
    In CFHILL’s new exhibition Eccentric Objects, we present two of the most interesting and innovative contemporary artists whose works relate to the legacy of the minimalist movement. The term “minimalism” is quite carelessly applied these days, almost as synonymous with “sparse” or “uncluttered”, often in reference to interior decoration. However, in an art-historical context, it is used in reference to the theorists who took an interest in the new, young artists of that time, a group that includes Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and Lee Bontecou. This movement was rather a reaction to abstract expressionism, which emphasised the painterly and the ideal of “art for art’s sake”. The minimalists wanted to be more extraverted, and turn to the viewer, as if to say, “see and experience yourself!”
    “I’ve been following these two artists for a long time, and their spiritual kinship has always interested me. Rana Begum sensitively emphasises optics, light phenomena, and spatiality, while Carsten Höller has always quested to uncover the potential and limitations of consciousness through a varied succession of capers. To my mind, these are the greatest, most interesting names in a contemporary minimalist movement which aptly captures the current zeitgeist,” says Michael Storåkers of CFHILL.
    Rana Begum, born 1977 in Bangladesh, who studied and is based in London, works mainly with sculptures and wall-mounted pieces. Her series Folds consists of origami-like shapes made from paper and thin sheet metal, in which sharp folds produce a fascinating play of light and colour, which varies in hue and intensity when the works are viewed from different angles. This playful balance between shape, light, and colour is inspired by her Islamic upbringing, in which she encountered the beauty of the Quran, her childhood experiences of the sun-drenched landscapes of Bangladesh, and Russian Constructivism and American Minimalism. Rana Begum has previously had solo exhibitions at venues like Tate St Ives and Art Basel Hong Kong, and has participated in many group exhibitions, including Whitechapel’s Is This Tomorrow (2019). She has also made many permanent pieces, which can be viewed in public spaces in cities such as London and New Delhi.
    Carsten Höller, born 1961 in Brussels, has become familiar to the wider public in part thanks to his series of large sculptures of mushrooms, and in part thanks to his over-sized slides (Tate Modern, London, and Palazzo Strozzi, Florence). In this exhibition at CFHILL, his works are focused rather on the immaterial aspects that have intrigued him ever since he was a biology researcher, and first began to take an interest in the biological emotions and reflexes of humans and animals. His work Punktefilm (1998) is based on film footage that was used in a scientific study carried out by psychologist Gunnar Johansson in 1970, in which a pair dances in the dark with light sources attached to various points on their bodies. When their contours fade from view, an optical illusion is produced by the moving, abstract pattern of dots. Somehow, the human brain manages to “connect the dots” and detect the movements of the dancers. An investigation into the human intellect’s capacity for abstraction. Alongside the film, he is showing a series of abstract paintings featuring the same subject matter, Dot Paintings (2018), as well as two installations: Pill Clock (2015), in which a mechanism in the ceiling occasionally releases a blue and white pill capsule to fall to the floor, which the viewer can then swallow with a glass of water from a machine, and Smell of My Mother / Smell of My Father (2017). The latter piece consists of nothing but scents, which were extracted using samples taken from clothing worn by the artist’s parents. Carsten Höller’s two most recent solo exhibitions were shown in Danmark (at Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) and Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, both curated by Gitte Orskou.

    On display May 19 - June 5
    CFHILL | Västra Trädgårdsgatan 9 | 111 53, Stockholm | cfhill.com

  • Lockdown Live

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Lockdown Live and H&M presents Sunday Service!

    On Sunday 26 April it is time for Andreas Kleerup and Ani Connor to perform live at a live-streamed concert.

    The project started and hosted by Ani Connor is called Lockdown Live presents different live gems within music, arts, and entertainment live-streamed from Södra Teatern in Stockholm. Watch the live performance from your home or wherever you may be. Watch the live performance from your home or wherever you may be.

    As many, many other musicians Ani Conner felt affected by the coronavirus pandemic that caused canceled performances, scrapped tours, and loss of income and opportunities. She decided to try and not only help herself but also help other musicians, and so she initiated “Sunday Service, by Lockdown Live” – a stage and an audience for musicians, and live-streamed concerts for the music lover.

    Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube-channel where you also can watch recordings of previous live-streamed concerts with artists like Sabina Ddumba, The Tarantula Waltz, Molly Hammar, and Tussilago: https://bit.ly/34KsYuN

  • ‘Gianni Versace Retrospective’ at the Textile Museum of Sweden in Boras

    Written by Ksenia Rundin

    The last day of this autumn the Textile Museum of Sweden in Boras will create its own moment in the history of fashion by opening a unique exhibition ‘Gianni Versace Retrospective’. Earlier, this spectacular show was introduced in Berlin, where Gianni Versace had exhibited in 1994, while falling in love with the city. The exhibition consists of over 70 selected men’s and women’s outfits from the designer’s triumphant days between 1989 and 1997. The garments have been lent by some of the world’s foremost collectors of his designs, such as the primary collector Antonio Caravano from Italy.

    Being an innovator of his time, Gianni Versace did not merely radicalise fashion aesthetics by allowing a morganatic marriage between the rule-breaking avant-garde and exquisite allure, but he also changed the rules of the game. The designer was a pioneer in bringing celebrities to the front row and using actresses and rock stars in advertising campaigns. Seemingly, he discerned the significance of getting both his name and his brand image to the global fashion arena. Furthermore, Gianni Versace is considered to be the man behind the phenomenon of the supermodel, giving the world such catwalk stars as Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington.

    Similar to the Theatre of Cruelty, which is supposed to chock audiences through gesture, image, sound and lighting, did Gianni Versace attract through the vivid language of clothes. His fashion shows and advertising campaigns constituted pop-cultural artworks, where fashion, photography, graphic design and music were interconnected into a holistic narrative. Paraphrasing Walter Benjamin (1935), Gianni Versace’s design could today be viewed as the works of art in the age of digital reproduction.

  • puffer Nanushka

    PETA Fashion Awards

    Written by Ksenia Rundin

    Step by step, fashion has become a certain moral agent driving ethical behaviour and re-shaping the industry and consumer behaviour as such. The PETA Fashion Awards celebrate the labels, style icons, and forward-thinking designers that have succeeded in making significant statements for animals in 2019.

    Chanel, Victoria Beckham and even Selfridges have created this year’s Best Luxury Fashion Moment by abandoning exotic skins, while H&M received a Progress Award for its Conscious Exclusive collection, featuring pineapple-leaf leather and orange-peel silk. Furthermore, Amsterdam Fashion Week has banned fur, receiving the Best International Fashion Moment for their achievement. ECOPEL and Stella McCartney were honoured with a Collaboration Award for KOBA, a recyclable, bio-based faux-fur fabric.

    Other winners include also Hunter, awarded Best Vegan Outerwear for its “Vegan Edit” of jackets, bags, and rain boots. VIN + OMI, which was praised with an innovation Award for its revolutionary material made from nettles.  Napapijri nabbed Best Down-Free Brand for its recyclable Infinity Skidoo jacket, white Ashoka took home the  Best Vegan Bags prize for its apple-leather accessories. Leticia Credidio received the Designer to Watch award for her organic cotton and seaweed apparel. Nanushka won the Most Wanted Award for its Hide vegan leather puffer, a street-style favourite in 2019. Hemp Tailor was awarded with the Best Wool-Free Collection award for their vegan knitwear, while Sascha Camilli received the Essential Reading Award for her book Vegan Style.

    For more information please see PETA.org.uk

    bag Ashoka
  • photography by CAMILLA ANDERSEN / Nordiska Museet

    Arktis; The Ice is Melting

    Written by Fashion Tales

    At a time where the subject of our climate as it a critical point - Nordiska museet has now unveiled their latest exhibition 'The Arctic - While the Ice is Melting' following the lives of those living in the coldest climates in the world on a journey through their past, present - and a glimpse of where their future might be heading if we continue to live unsustainably.

    Beautifully curated by Swedish duo Museea, the exhibit begins by walking us through a 400 sq meter Iceberg with a deep crack in the middle. The crack is an integral part of the whole exhibit as it ties together the different parts (past, present and future), and themes of ’breakage’, and ’movement’ as a result of the human impact on the Arctic. From the melting ice sheets, to the breaking of old traditions, the destruction of homes and mans dependency on nature and its limited resources, there is always a constant fight for survival.

    The most intriguing aspect of the exhibition is the way people in arctic regions today react to challenging situations as part of their everyday life. A lot of these communities are hopeful, and prepared for what the future may bring as they have no other option.

    We fortunately do have the option to make small changes to our everyday life, which takes us to the end of the exhibit - where you can leave a ’promise’ to the planet by choosing an action or changing a habit as a contribution towards a more sustainable future.

  • SWEDISH FASHION BRAND AÉRYNE STOPS MASS-PRODUCTION - REDEFINES SUSTAINABILITY

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Paris-based fashion brand AÉRYNE has decided to put an end to all mass- produced retail collaborations. Instead, every garment will be especially made for the customer with 100% leftover fabric. The new On-Demand system will not only meet the same delivery time, but also combat one of the biggest environmental threats caused by the fashion industry - Overstock.

    The fashion market is worth $2.5 trillion globally and is after oil and coal, the most polluting industry. Today many clothing brands are investing in sustainable fabrics, but often missing the bigger picture, not questioning the traditional production model.

    The problem is not what we sell, but what we don’t sell. Due to mass-produced collections based on uncertain trend analyses and guesses, large amounts of clothes end up in stock rooms at the end of the season, with tons of clothes being burnt each year. Burberry alone burned unsold stock for 37.6 million dollars in 2018. Our industry have mass-produced itself into being one of the world’s biggest environmental damaging industries, while depleting resources, devastating and polluting lands, oceans and whole countries.” - Siri Vikman, CEO

    From the 16th of September, AÉRYNE’s customers will be able to purchase the first On-Demand collection made in Hungary. By only producing upon order, AÉRYNE will dramatically minimize fabric waste, reduce carbon emissions and preserve the earth’s resources. Customers will receive notifications throughout the production process, as well as information on who is sewing their garments, in order to ensure 100% transparency. When the garment is ready, it is sent straight from the AÉRYNE Atelier within the normal delivery time, cutting all middle hands and unnecessary detours.

    We have to start taking environmental responsibility and stop blaming the end consumers. Sustainable fabrics are essential, but it doesn't change the core problem. We need to redefine the meaning of sustainability and acknowledge the gravity of overstock while there is still time. I started AÉRYNE with a vision of changing the indu- stry, and 5 years later the On-demand system is finally here. The fashion revolution has officially started” - Siri Vikman, CEO

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