Anne Lévy-Morelle - Le rêve de Gabriel (1998)
Gabriel de Halleux is a forty-five-year-old patriarch of a Catholic family that had met with constant good fortune. In 1948 he sold all his possessions to sail to Patagonia with a tribe of friends and relatives. He was to find a land that was different than the one he had dreamed of.
Peter Pilotto SS15
All hail the rainbow warriors. Just when it seemed that Peter Pilotto had gotten into a bit of a rut, Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto pulled one of their occasional aesthetic reboots, vastly simplifying their shapes and trying a new approach to embellishment. Psych rock and the Summer of Love served as the duo’s starting point this time out, references easily legible in the collection’s array of A-line minidresses and bold resin embroideries, which came in shapes and colors familiar to anyone acquainted with acid-trip art. The clothes weren’t deep, but they were a great deal of fun. And superficiality was, in a way, the point: The straightforward silhouettes here served as a canvas for surface play, whether nacreous material heat-pressed in flower or tile formation onto organza, or plastic thread woven into a kind of lace, then topped with additional decoration.
Joris Van de Moortel - Don’t you know you’re gonna mess up the carpet (2014)
The work of Joris Van De Moortel has some reminiscences of an abandoned stage set or of the relics of a performance. Creation and destruction are intermingled factors in his installations where abandoned materials have a preponderant role. The work is fully completed at the performance given on the evening of the official opening of the exhibition.
Gaël Turine - The fence of shame (2013)
In 1993, India started building a separation wall along 3200 km with neighboring Bangladesh. Either made of concrete or of a high fence barbwire, this separation is impossible to cross and is guarded by the Indian troops of the Border Security Force (BSF). The official reasons given by India to justify the existence of such a wall are the protection against infiltrations of Islamist terrorists and to stop Bangladeshi immigration. The historical course of the frontier (defined in 1947 at the fall of the Empire of British India) has divided the greater region of Bengal with dramatic human consequences.
The number of arrests, victims of torture and casualties have made this frontier the most dangerous and bloodiest in the world. Despite the complaints of the victim’s families, the crimes perpetrated by the BSF remain mostly unpunished. The Bangladeshi authorities, to maintain their crucial friendship with the big Indian neighbor, tolerate the existence of this wall and cover up the events in the border areas.
" B O N E S on S K I N "
My new collaboration with Espèces and Eric Beauduin.
Thank to Jean-Biche for his sculptural body.
Veronique Leroy Resort 2015
Leroy has exacting fabric standards: From a worktable in her atelier near the Bastille, she crunched a dry, double-faced crepe between her hands and extolled the sponginess of a cotton viscose. She used bonded poplin on the short sleeves and breast pockets of a classic shirt to give stronger form to an otherwise relaxed shape. Rather than default to a print, she sourced a macro netted cotton with holes the size of euro coins. Stripes became a technical challenge in which knitted cotton alternated with a barely there nylon base. The payoff was high—both the stripes and circles yielded a delicate yet architectural transparency.