What is fashionable and what does it convey about ourselves? How do we adorn ourselves? How do we use fashion to show who we are, who we think we are, or who we want to be?
The exhibition Adorned – The Fashionable Show presents intriguing and challenging fashion related photography projects created by a new generation of visual artists. They all work with fashion, but most of them are not straightforward fashion photographers. For them, fashion and style are primarily tools to construct or question identities, to empower people and to play with cultures, gender, race and ages.
Hadar Pitchon, Untitled, from the series Family Work, 2018 © Hadar Pitchon, courtesy of the artist
Beauty Papers: Maxine Leonard, Valerie Wickes, Carolina Oterro
Arielle Bobb Willis, Untitled, 2017 © Arielle Bobb Willis, courtesy of the artist
While some participating artists have already been discovered by well-established fashion brands, others continue to work from within their own communities. They are outspoken, challenging, critical or provocative, but always highly relevant in a time defined by fundamental power shifts in which access, diversity and identity are keywords.
Alexandra Leese, Untitled, from the series Boys of Hong Kong, 2018 © Alexandra Leese, courtesy of the artist
Mohamad Abdouni (Lebanon), Arielle Bobb-Willis (United States), Giovanni Corabi & Roberto Ortu (Italy), Justin Dingwall (South Africa), Julia Falkner & Lorena Hydeman (Austria & United Kingdom), Casper Kofi (Netherlands), Alexandra Leese (United Kingdom & Hong Kong), Tyler Mitchell (United States), Hadar Pitchon (United States), Mateus Porto (United States), The Sartists (South Africa), Catherine Servel (United States), Suzie and Leo (France), Ambroise Tézenas & Frédéric Delangle (France).
The Sartists, Untitled, from the series Our Tribe, 2018 © The Sartists, courtesy of the artists
The exhibition is inspired by Foam Magazine issue #53 Adorned – The Fashionable Issue. For the magazine Foam invited three of the most forward-thinking fashion magazines, Buffalo Zine, Beauty Papers and King Kong, to contribute with a curated intervention. Their vision on fashion photography will be showcased in the exhibition.
The exhibition is made possible by Fonds 21 and Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab.