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[March 30 2017] : Art

Signe Pierce “Virtual Normality” solo exhibition and artist’s performance at Galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna
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Signe Pierce “Virtual Normality” solo exhibition and artist’s performance at Galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna

Her debut solo exhibition “Virtual Normality” took the young, multimedia artist Signe Pierce from her US base (between New York and LA) to Galerie Nathalie Halgand in Vienna, Austria. For her show, Pierce elevated the intimate architecture of Galerie Nathalie Halgand (a former apartment), into a techno-esque living space; covering the walls with iPhones and iPads, tainting the room in dark pink and purple neon light. In between, a simple bed and a desk, decorated with faded roses, complete the immersive installation. The various screens display directed video installations and footage of her performances alongside selected snippets from her everyday life.

The exhibited videos range from the critically acclaimed short documentary “American Reflexxx” (co-created... Read More

Text and photo Philipp Draxler

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— S/S 2017 issue 27

Chikashi Suzuki

CHIKASHI SUZUKI
photographed by HAJIME SAWATARI
interview by Kazumi Hayashi

 

A fashion photographer since the late ’90s, Japan’s Chikashi Suzuki has done photo shoots for magazines such as Purple, Dazed and Confused, and Libertin Dune, and worked on campaigns for Isetan Department Store and various brands, including Toga. His contemporary images express Japan’s beauty, culture, and diversity; he focuses on capturing and collecting key visual elements of everyday Tokyo.

KAZUMI HAYASHI — What made you want to pursue a career as a photographer?
Tell me about the time you went to live in Paris and then returned to Tokyo.
— CHIKASHI SUZUKI — When I was a college student, I went to a group show of artists like David Hammons and Jan Fabre at Watari-um [the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art] in Aoyama. I was lucky enough to get to know the artists. We went out to drink, and they let me take their photos. That’s when I first became interested in taking photographs. It was around then that a friend who came back from New York City gave me an exhibition catalogue of a show called L’Hiver de l’Amour. The catalogue was titled L’Hiver de l’Amour Bis, and it was a documentary of Maison Martin Margiela with works by people like Wolfgang Tillmans and Anders Edström. It really shocked me, and I thought how great it would be if I could take photographs like that. It really inspired me. At that time, I didn’t even know who Tillmans or Margiela were, but when I saw the photographer’s credit, it read, “Anders Edström, Paris.” So then I decided to learn how to speak French and went to a French-language school, and there, by chance, I met someone who knew Anders. So that really made me feel like I had to go to France. After I graduated, I worked at part-time jobs for a while, went to Paris, and met Anders. He asked me if I wanted to become his assistant, so I said, “Yes.” Then he asked me if I wanted to learn the techniques of photography, so I told him I wasn’t interested in anything like that. He went through my portfolio for a while and then told me that my photographs were nice, and that he would introduce me to his friend. And he called Purple magazine on the spot. After that,...

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[March 30 2017] : News

Congratulations to Simon Porte Jacquemus who will be the guest of honor at the OpenMyMed festival from May 2017 in Marseille

Congratulations to Simon Porte Jacquemus who will be the guest of honor at the OpenMyMed festival from May 2017 in Marseille

The French 27-year-old self-taught fashion designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, who was born in the South of France near Marseille, will be the guest of honor at the OpenMyMed festival from May 2017. With only a high school diploma he created his first collection at 20-years-old and since 2012 has presented his collections during Paris Fashion Week, in which each show has been in someway a tribute to his beloved city of Marseille.

The OpenMyMed festival, launched by the Maison méditerranéenne des métiers de la mode (MMMM), since 2016 get aims promoting Marseille as a new fashion capital in the Mediterranean. For it’s second edition called “Marseille je t’aime,” the designer will stage exhibitions “Maison” and “Archives”,... Read More

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[March 29 2017] : News

Performers François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea present a special dance program at Dia:Beacon on May 12–14 and May 19–21, New York

Performers François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea present a special dance program at Dia:Beacon on May 12–14 and May 19–21, New York

Over two weekends from May 12–14 and May 19–21, the French choreographers François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea will present a special program at the Dia Beacon NY in which the duo will retrace their twelve-year partnership. Each performance will include three consecutive episodes recalling their collaborative work—from the musical structures of polyphonic singing, through the transcendent dance of Sylphides (2009), to the recent ensemble work Dub Love (2014). Mixing ballet, modern dance and influences from the choral singing with dancehall, dub, voguing, and club culture, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea express their radical politics and cultural associations.

This program is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and will be on view over two weekends from... Read More

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[March 29 2017] : Art

An interview and studio visit with Los Angeles-based artist Devin Troy Strother
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An interview and studio visit with Los Angeles-based artist Devin Troy Strother

Southern California-native and multidisciplinary artist Devin Troy Strother has a penchant for discussing race and its prominent role in his work, which, contrary to that by artists like Kara Walker or David Hammon, is characteristically comedic and playful. Easily identified by the appropriated minstrel — and golliwog-esque iconography that Troy Strother uses to support his own visual vernacular, each piece has an equally engaging title — contemporary ikea part 1: nigga there’s abstraction, snakes, and bananas in here, and where the fuck is rauschenberg at? (2016) and Michael Jordan. “I don’t know if that’s your dick or your leg, but please baby baby don’t make me beg! Just take me to... Read More

Interview and photo Paige Silveria

[March 28 2017] : Fashion

Agnès B. signing and talk on her latest book “agnès b. styliste” to celebrate 40 years of the brand at French Institute Alliance Française, New York
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Agnès B. signing and talk on her latest book “agnès b. styliste” to celebrate 40 years of the brand at French Institute Alliance Française, New York

On a chilly New York evening just before the snowstorm and the shutdown of subways, Agnès B. put in an appearance for a talk and then book signing of her new autobiography, “Agnès B. styliste”, at the French Institute, with an introduction by film critic Amy Taubin and interview by journalist Melissa Ceria.

Agnès B. retains a quintessential down-to-earth gamine presence. Discovered by Elle magazine in the 60’s, she stood out of the crowd by wearing military jackets and petticoats from flea markets which was something that wasn’t worn in Paris at the time. The magazine hired her as a stylist, which is something she continues to call herself. She is known for... Read More

Photo Robin Siegel

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