The Fashion Issue: Backstage, Gesture and Adornments (exhibition)
Brownie Art Photography
Brownie Art Photography签约的艺术家中汇聚了多位聚焦时尚和创意的摄影师。在蔡辉的《模式化观念》中，他始终在寻找视觉隐喻来描绘自己对“身份”这一概念模糊不清的感受，使影像成为情感和心理状态的外在表现；顾晨晨将《UFO》系列的场景设置在未来的地球，融入了装置、表演等多元化元素，延续了一贯的叙事性视觉风格；崔韩秀的《她》系列延续了他极具辨识度的高饱和色彩风格，图像中女性形象逃离了观者的凝视，我们看不到模特的面部和表情，但却在精心构筑的空间中感受到摄影师自我情感的释放。
The Fashion Issue
Backstage，Gesture and Adornments
“Photography is bound to time in precisely the same way as fashion.”
- Siegfried Kracauser
The photographic language of fashion photography bears the twisted memories of fashion, art, society with life. In today's post-network, post-image, post-consumption and post-epidemic society, it builds a cascade of significance for the expansion of visual representation, identity and lifestyle, shaping the development and the transformation of fashion photography since the mid 20th century.
Fashion photography not only arouses people’s desire, embodies deep spirit of fashion products, but also highlights distinct visions of art under different periods of time. Based on this perspective，how does identity help a new generation of photographers establish the coordinate between art, photography, fashion and creativity?
“The Fashion Issue — Backstage, Gesture and Adornments” will focus on young Asian photographers who respond visually to the relationship between fashion, art and commerce through creation — how to balance the commercial feasibility with their originality? How does new photography language lead an important role in the image communication of fashion and creative industries? How do young photographers that are active in the fashion and creative industries use creativity to reflect back on fashion and everyday life?
And Numéro China, as the leading New French Style magazine, selects and displays the works of ten photographers on its 10th anniversary, using lens to demonstrate the ever-changing fashion trend in China throughout the past ten years. As the focal point of the lens, women –presented in various contradictory states: materialized, independent, bounded, strained, solemn and perverse— gradually underwent their exploration and transformation of identity under the context of globalization.
Under the photographer's lens, in addition to appearance and posture, women also have metaphors woven together by complex emotions, energy and environment. What is condensed in a photo is no longer just a simple moment. The concept of “image” is infinitely expanded by narrative, and the boundary disappears. Active, three-dimensional life forms are magnified, swimming in mottled light and shadow, verdant jungle, and wantonly growing buildings. The photographer delicately captured the appearance of women under different identity structures or the pure appearance without any identity blessings.
Brownie Art Photography
Among the artists represented by Brownie Art Photography, many focus on fashion and creativity. In Cai Hui’s “Stereotype” he continuously searches for visual metaphors to illustrate his vague feelings toward the concept of “identity”, which makes the image become the external representation of emotion and psychological state; Gu Chenchen sets the scenes of “UFO” series in the future Earth, integrating elements such as installation and performance to continue the consistent narrative visual style; Cui Hanxiu’s “Her” series continues his highly recognizable and saturated colour style. As the female figures escape from the gaze of the audiences, we cannot see any faces or expressions of the models. And yet, we can feel the release of the photographer’s emotions in the carefully constructed space.