Artists, curators, and writers from Vienna utilise the typology of the Zocalo as the place for their project at the Biennale in Xalapa. In a city without the Zocalo square, where everything social typically happens, we develop a series of performances, workshops, and exhibitions. A year of art-research supports these site-specific interventions and will contextualise the exhibition as a blog and book publication. This blog is the basis for this publication, a point of exchange for our artistic processes, and a resource for our cultural translations of Mexico for the Vienna Zocalo. Vienna Zocalo is developed over the course of 2010-2011 in the Department of Fashion and Styles at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.

->read more

Montag, 21. Februar 2011

„Paradise Pleasure Productions“ of Walter Van Beirendonck @ Song

Angelika Stephanie Böhm was at the opening.

[] hand embroidered flag by Walter van Beirendonck

When being occupied with our Vienna-Zocalo-Project I happened to realize in the exhibition of Walte Van Beirendonck how an internationally well-known fashion designer and artist deals with Mexican Wrestler Masks and textile materials.

I hoped to catch a glimpse of some Mexican Wrestler Masks at the exhibition, because of the picture of the invitation–cover, but there weren´t any masks. When I paid my visit to the inauguration of the exhibition there was simply an installation in the exhibition-room.

There were clusters of suspected display-dummies, which were covered by coloured flags. In the middle of the hall there was a big flag, spread like a carpet on the floor. Under this textile lay a male dummy, its stand-up penis of plastic, penetrating  a hole in the middle of the textile carpet. The coloured flags were printed on with expressions like  `fear´, `faith´, `sex´, `love´ and `hope´.

They showed little men, who were holding tight at their hands and very often you also could see the simplified nude portrayal of W.v.Beirendonck. Those textiles transmitted to me an indescribable happiness, but simultaneously a kind of covered criticism.

To find out the real intention of the installation more precisely I started to look for the webside of W.v.Beirendonck and succeeded in finding the following quotation:

Now this exhibition deals with the theme „freedom“:
Citation of Walter Van Beirendonck:
„The installation is a loud cry for freedom. Freedom, we have tofight for more than ever before. It is a big 'fuck you' to all thereligions, media, governments and people who are trying to influence or change the perception of the world. Censorship and limitation of expression has to be stopped. I 'used' and referred
to different impressions of cultures and religions, to create an uncanny image, which should raise questions. The 3 figures arecovered by big, hand-embroidered flags, with bright colours and patterns, which refer to my fashion-collections. The stories told on the flags refer to different subjects."
"My intention with this installation is exactly the same intention I have working on my fashion- collections: to tell a story in a way that raises a smile, but at the same time communicates deeper criticisms.“ 
http://www.waltervanbeirendonck.com/HTML/home.html?/HTML/PROJECTS/SONG/index.html&1 on the 29th of November
During the inauguration of the exhibition I happened to talk personally to W.v.Beirendonck.
He explained to me that he recently has dealt with the very topic `Mexican Wrestling Masks´ in a presentation. At a coat-stand he showed me various flags which were each symbolizing an example of his collection. Among those flags there was the-one for masks as well.
Information about the designer and the artist:

W.v.Beirendonck lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium, and is one of the most renowned fashion designers of his native country.

The exhibtion runs from Nov. 26, 2010 to January 15, 2011.
Address: A-1020 Vienna, Praterstraße 11, A 1020 Vienna, + 43 (1) 532 28 58,
www.song.at, info@song.at

Text by Angelika Stephanie Böhm

Keine Kommentare:

Kommentar veröffentlichen