Dear iDEALS, for many years now, I have been following the works of world acclaimed photographer Jackie Nickerson and her passion and intense interest in people and their indigenous environments.
The Farm, Faith, Gulf, Ten Miles Around are a few of the tittles that reflect individual projects, exploring or revealing new angles of things and places known, familiar though never eplored.
Nickerson's new project under the title TERRAIN moves between land and subject.
Read the following excerpt by Sean O’Toole
" Jackie Nickerson’s third book of photographs, opens with a portrait of a trim man standing against a neutral
backdrop refusing our gaze. Before I try to respond to his refusal, which is obvious, challenging, and enigmatic – a detour.
It is an established practice in written encounters with photography to begin with specifics, to translate what is visible
and describable into words, and by so doing affirm through language what is verifiable and knowable about this world. It
is a productive strategy, one that I want to dispense with temporarily in favour of thinking more broadly and contextually
about Nickerson’s photographs.
Terrain is a book of portrait and landscape photographs descriptive of the materiality of labour on a variety of Southern
and East African farms. The latest instalment in Nickerson’s long-term enquiry into farm labour, Terrain is neither an
impartial nor all-encompassing document of working life in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest employment sector, even if the
photographs are underpinned by Nickerson’s acute awareness of these environments as politicised spaces. Hers is a less
tightly bounded project, one in which the dominant tactics are play, obliquity and quiet refusal. More purposefully, Terrain
is a book that roams, geographically, but also imaginatively."
The book will be released mid November simultaneously with an exhibiiton at Brancolini Grimaldi in London. The opening is scheduled for November 19th, followed by another exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery in January 2014.
“The Other Half” is inspired by the “White Paintings” by Robert
Rauschenberg and the art-deco poster of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
Simon Ekrelius looked at the lines of the Metropolis poster and
thought of it without colours. Shadows are replaced with different textures to
create a linear effect.
For Spring/Summer 2014, Simon has created a capsule collection
of panelled and pleated pieces, using his eye for asymmetry and contrasting
textures of paper-light cotton, silk organza, vinyl, poly blends and cotton
This season there is a selection of dresses, blazers and
jackets, tops and hand-pleated pieces along with pencil skirts and ballooned
SIMON EKRELIUS label is made in the UK from beginning to end.
Swedish educated designer Simon Ekrelius is based in London and
has been published in press such as Fault, Volt, Vogue UK, Glamour UK,
Valstrom, Glass and a multitude of progressive publications.
MEMENTO DUO commits its second seen-by to Alice Schillaci, photographer, and to Monia Salvini, stylist.
The iconographic research starts from the idea of the double. two bodies kneading one another becoming one and only to tell a romance: the fight, the tension necessary to feed creativity. It is a pretense, a parody about roles and genders.
It talks through the fusion of the bodies which combine together, joining one another as well as the upper of the Jodhpur boot where the front and the back sides hug one the other.
That’s the way the two artists interpreted the Jodhpur by MEMENTO DUO.
MOMU3 X BULO by Frederik Heyman and Wout Bosschaert
3 fashion films featuring the MoMu Collection
To mark the occasion of Bulo’s 50th anniversary, MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp and the Belgian based furniture manufacturer Bulo team up for a creative collaboration.
Creativity and the cooperation with creative minds are intrinsically linked in their DNA. Respect for the own heritage and nurturing craftsmanship are key. MoMu and Bulo have each been collaborating with artists from various disciplines, amongst them Jean Nouvel, Vincent Van Duysen, Bataille-ibens, Ann Demeulemeester or Stephen Jones.
Christian Salez, Bulo CEO, asked Kaat Debo, Director of MoMu, to share her thoughts on the interaction between crafts and digitality, need and aspiration. How can we translate this valuable craftsmanship into the needs of future generations, so that functionality and products, not merely today but also tomorrow, will remain relevant, innovative and challenging?
Kaat Debo reacted by inviting visual artist Frederik Heyman to work on the MoMu collection, in a way that transcends the static character of a traditional exhibition. For MOMU3, Heyman creates, in collaboration with graphic artist Wout Bosschaert, 3 fashion films in which he infuses the rich collection of the ModeMuseum with digital life by using 3D scans and manipulations.
The video is divided in three parts: Embroidery, Skirts and Motifs.
Mechelen from October 11th until November 30th (free entrance).
MOMU3 - credits:
Art direction: Frederik Heyman, 3D Scans & 3D designs: Wout Bosschaert, Music & sound design: Golden Hum, Curated by: Kaat Debo
EMBROIDERY: Embroidery is a decorating technique which is still being used in fashion today, from a minimalist accent to a piece which is completely covered. Variation in color, application and choice of embroidery threads, other materials and production (by manual labour or mechanical).
Featuring: Two dresses in silk crêpe decorated with bead embroidery, Huis Timmermans Lier, 1925-27, MoMu collection T86/65 and T86/126 / Dress in crêpe decorated with embroidery in mohair and appliqué embroidery in silk crêpe, Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, F/W 2003-04, MoMu collection T09/674AB / Ensemble with coat in silk decorated with embroidery and bead embroidery, a blouse and pants in printed silk, Dries Van Noten, S/S 2008, MoMu collection T09/48 and T09/50.
SKIRTS: Skirts largely define the silhout of a woman in fashion trends. They can be straight and tight to wide and bulky. The latter is obtained by cutting folds and frowns, wether or not in combination with one or more underskirts or by using so called paniers, crinolines, or bustles: constructions in reed, metal or plastic that hold the dress or skirt away from the body.
Featuring: Jacket in printed cotton, 1770-1790 and skirt in quilted silk satin, 1750-90, MoMu collection T12/15/B8 and T13/348/B91 / Ensemble with jacket in cotton with silver coating, and skirt in cotton, partly with silver coating, with plastic baleens, decorated with trimmings, Yohji Yamamoto, S/S 2008, MoMu collection T09/1 and T09/2 / Ensemble with jacket in tweed, skirt in a mixture of silk, manmade silk and lurex with crinoline in cotton and plastic baleens, leather stiletto boots and an oversized hat in felt, Walter Van Beirendonck, F/W 2010-11.
MOTIFS: For centuries motifs have decorated tissues figurative or abstract in a variation of colours, that are applied in a variation of techniques: painted, printed, embroided, weaved. The motif can be used sparingly or abundantly, small or large, clear or gauzy,... it's the tailor and designer who choose to use the motif (or not), in combination with a pattern to come to a creation with his or her signature that describes a contemporary fashion image.
Featuring: Jacket in woolen jacquard weave with kashmir pattern, decorated with silk trimmings, ca. 1885, MoMu collection T12/108/M27 / Dress and stole in printed organza silk, Christian Dior, ca. 1954, MoMu collection T12/98AB/J204 / Dress in digital printed silk, Peter Pilotto, S/S 2012, MoMu collection T12/820
Intriguing and enigmatic «Grandes Dames»... silhouettes carved in patterns of black birds
insects that cross a vestal virgin with an Apache medicine woman and toxic geisha :
in this collection only passion and marvelous count.
Combining beginners’ audacity and mastery born of experience,
after twenty years of creating in the houses of Thierry Mugler, Lanvin, Jean-Paul Gautier, Junko Shimada
Christophe Corbier and Francois Agostini presented their first collection in September 2013
Silk broadcloth, charmeuse, Moroccan, double twisted poplin, leather and lace, intarsia knits
this precisely constructed collection embraces the tradition of French savoir faire.
For the Maison Boucheron, art is the very essence of both its destiny and its creations: art is its
Above all else, the artistic value predominates and guides everything
that the Maison does or creates, which it has always been the case since
To mark Boucheron’s presence for 120 years at
26, Place Vendôme, the Maison will be exhibiting exceptional works by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Taken from the
Revolution series, these black and white seascapes of imposing
size are the product of the artist’s deep meditation on light, water and
The remarkable and enigmatic images will be presented to the public at the same time as the
new High Jewelry collection “Hôtel de la lumière”, a
veritable ode to light: that of the stones themselves, the work of the
hands that intensify them and, lastly, the brilliant beauty that shines
brings the Maison and Hiroshi Sugimoto together in this “Art of Light”,
each in their own discipline, making this meeting of aesthetics
This initiative forms part of the
“Boucheron Artiste et Artisan du Rêve” project, which aims to create a dialogue with the contemporary art scene.
In the same spirit, and in the tradition of its founder Frédéric Boucheron who supported the arts throughout his life,
Boucheron has decided to support Hiroshi Sugimoto’s initiative through the production of a new arrangement of the
Double suicide à Sonezaki (Sonezaki shinjû) written by the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) including the
Pèlerinage à la déesse Kannon scene, ignored for a long time. This Bunraku
performance – Japanese puppet theater at its best – is the epitome of a
tradition that UNESCO has recognized as the masterpieces of the oral
and intangible heritage
This is how the Maison wishes to demonstrate its commitment to Japan,
a longtime friend sharing the same values of innovation, with age-old respect for
savoir-faire, and love of crafts.
This exhibition forms part of
a major Hiroshi Sugimoto event in France, during the Autumn Festival at the end of the summer.
It is also planned to exhibit a group of photographic and video works entitled
Accelerated Buddha at the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent - from October 10th 2013 to January 26th 2014.
Bunraku performances at the “Théâtre de la Ville” from October 10th to 19th 2013.
From October 15th to 25th 2013 – Exhibition in the Boucheron salons at 26, place Vendôme.