Me And Pac And Snoop, 2010
Statement: This work confronts constructions of masculinity in depictions of rap musicians. Having lived in Los Angeles during the earlier part of my life, these two figures played a significant role in the visual cultural landscape that I experienced. During this performance, I activate the two figures by positioning myself within their gaze. Utilizing this relationship, I attempt to maintain an upper body muscular flex for as long as possible. Once I am no longer capable of holding the flex I relax, still within their gaze. In exhausting the capacities of my body, I seek to open questions of reality, representation and the relationship between them.
by Mel Bles
rape culture is portraying sexually active 12 year olds on talk shows as sluts instead of wondering who the fuck is having sex with 12 year olds
A group of young sisters educated by the Black Panthers.
vogue germany january 1999 “lichte visionen” oluchi onweagba photographed by ruven afanador
Monument to Ideas
In collaboration with Chalayan, Marcus Tomlinson made a film of the dress that was first shown at the Hyères festival in France in May 1999. In the film, the panels of the dress slid open and shut as the model spun round like a mechanical top, at first slowly and then gathering speed, before slowing down and coming to rest again, her rate of acceleration and deceleration mimicking the experience of aeroplanes taking off and coming in to land. The film was accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack of a muezzin’s call to prayer combined with the sound of a propellor building up speed, a soundtrack that combined the ‘no place’ of airports and jet travel with the specificity of older cultural forms. Chalayan, who grew up in North Cyprus where the muezzin played all the time, and found the sound of the call to prayer both beautiful and ‘slightly scary’, was struck by the combination of a threatening image with a beautiful thing in the background. Made at a time when, as the designer was aware, parts of Iraq were being bombed by Western planes enforcing the ‘No Fly Zones’ in the north and the south, Chalayan’s soundtrack gestured beyond fashion to subjects it normally eschews.
Marcus Tomlinson, film of Hussein Chalayan’s Aeroplane dress, 1999. Film stills courtesy of Marcus Tomlinson.
Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness by Caroline Evans, Yale University Press