Fashioning Femininity and Storytelling
A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes explores seven personality types of a queen – or, metaphorically, a woman: The Sage, Magician, Enchantress, Explorer, Mother Earth, Heroine and Thespian. The story of each persona, which also forms the themes of the exhibition, is articulated through contemporary fashion, photography, film, and artwork.
In storytelling, archetypes exist as powerful figures that consolidate certain human universals. Through female archetypes in particular, we may glimpse the essence and multiplicities of feminine resolve. In this exhibition, each form of the queen stands as a powerful wellspring of creative inspiration for contemplating the relationship between dress, society and our shared history.
The Weather Diaries
Exhibition opening on May 7, 2019 at 6 pm
Designers’ talks on sustainable fashion on May 7, 2019 at 4 pm
The exhibition “The Weather Diaries” has been created in cooperation with the artist-curator duo Sarah Cooper (1974, USA) and Nina Gorfer (1979, Austria), who over the course of two years visited Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands to explore the influence of island environment, cultural identity and traditions on the creativity of local artists and designers. As opposed to the scientific approach of traditional anthropologists studying local communities, Cooper&Gorfer transform their observations into poetic stories captured through the lens of a camera. Their experiences are transformed into staged portraits filled with symbolism, layers of colour, and textures. The staging of each portrait was conducted in collaboration with local fashion designers, which can be seen in the exhibition’s textile installations.
The exhibition, presenting 10 Icelandic, Greenlandic and Faroese fashion designers, moves away from the conventional fashion world and its seasonal trends. Instead it focuses on the creativity and the factors influencing it – cultural identity, traditions, nature, landscapes, weather, as well as the Nordic innovative approach in creating sustainable fashion by using local resources. The exhibition will be supplemented with designers’ talks, where some of the artists will share their experiences on the role of the designer in creating sustainable fashion.
The exhibition was commissioned and produced by the Nordic House in Reykjavik (Iceland) and had its premiere in 2014 as the central piece of the 3rd Nordic Fashion Biennale that took place at Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. It has since been exhibited in Denmark, the Netherlands, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, USA, China, Sweden and Greenland. In 2019 the exhibition will be on show in Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn.
The exhibition presents 10 artists and fashion designers:
Barbara I Gongini, Guðrun & Guðrun (the Faroe Islands);
Bibi Chemnitz, Nikolaj Kristensen, Najannguaq Lennert (Greenland);
STEiNUNN/Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, JÖR/Guðmundur Jörundsson, Kría, Mundi, Shoplifter a.k.a.Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (Iceland).
A Queen Within - Adorned Archetypes