Viviane Sassen, HKA01, 2006, © Viviane Sassen, Courtesy Viviane Sassen
No fashion, please!
Photography between Gender and Lifestyle
KUNSTHALLE wien, hall 2,
November 10th, 2011 – January 22th, 2012
No fashion, please! – the rejection of traditional ideas of fashion and beauty characterizes the second show of the Kunsthalle Wien’s autumn program focusing on photography and fashion. Nineteen solo presentations outline the contemporary international photography scene that explores the fundamental relationship between bodies and clothes, the dialectics between the form of the body and its appearance.
The selected photographers are rooted in the tradition of body art and strongly rely on references to installations, ceremonies, and rituals. Borders to other disciplines are crossed in both daring and reckless experiments. In the context of the exhibition, clothes and other products of the fashion industry only figure as fragments of a narrative mise-en-scène thematizing the dreams concerned with a changing aesthetic of the body and its ideals. The media strategies employed are manifold and span from staged photographic images, projections, and performances to body sculptures, video and film works.
Participating artists: Chan-Hyo Bae, Tracey Baran, Jeff Bark, Leigh Bowery/ Fergus Greer, Steven Cohen/Marianne Greber, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Matthias Herrmann, Lea Golda Holterman, Izima Kaoru, Luigi & Luca, Sandra Mann, Martin & The evil eyes of Nur, Brigitte Niedermair, Erwin Olaf, Alex Prager, Hanna Putz, Viviane Sassen, Sophia Wallace, Bruce Weber
Curator: Peter Weiermair
Exhibition catalogue: No fashion, please! Fotografie zwischen Gender und Lifestyle | Photography between Gender and Lifestyle. Ed. by Kunsthalle Wien, Gerald A. Matt, Peter Weiermair. With texts by Peter Weiermair and Eugenio Viola; c. 160 pages, German and English; Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg