Originally from Genoa, Italy, Vanessa Beecroft is an Italian artist living here in our backyard. Die Aktionskünstlerin zeigte zum ersten Mal in Frankfurt eine Aufführung. I still have them all. In the film, you express your own doubts about whether or not you are doing just that. In 1993 when Giacinto di Pietrantonio and Laura Cherubini invited me to exhibit the drawings at the end of year show at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera, I decided to scientifically type up the food book in a brick-shaped volume, an idea which lacked a more contemporary visual component than the drawings and the brick.
They were dressed in red stockings, provided by Wolford, worn with flesh-toned bras and red Prada heels. With my work I try to reach a wider range of people than the one of the art world. Do not move out of place. Diese Zeit ist der Ursprung einer neuen Generation, für die Identitätsfindung, Individualismus und ein selbstdefinierter Stil zentrale Bedeutung hatten.
Perhaps the work was a confirmation of the good purposes of the city, but it was unrelated to the main topics of the summit and what they were derived from. The filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly and Vanessa Beecroft. You will see a notification whether or not the current bid has met the reserve. Otherwise I look at fashion magazines or collections and pick what is appropriate. We lived there for 11 years in a state that was in-between primitive and highly cultural. After all, the girls are contemporary models in a contemporary context dressed by contemporary designers.
JetBlue, a sponsor of the show, pulled the plug before its debut, and plans to show the work at the Port Authority were scotched as well. An image of Santa Lucia holding her eyes on a small plate, studied during the walk back from school in a small temple. Slowly, since 1997, I introduced African and African American women in my work, then Sudan. Was there ever any thought that the best way to help the two motherless children was to create a fund so the father and extended family could take care of the children, and they could stay in Sudan? Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; among many others. Franca Sozzani introduced me to Lawrence Steele for this particular project.
One of the models wore heels only, standing nude in the centre of the group. Would the father have even wanted this? Each performance was born from a flat and frontal image. Courtesy of Vanessa Beecroft; The Twins Madit and Mongor Akot Makoi. I was thinking of the dialectic of the two: the reference of the past on a contemporary setting. Do not move in real time. Now I choose models from photographs that the casting agent sends me a month before the event.
These women, mainly unclothed, similar, unified through details like hair color, or identical shoes, stand motionless, unapproachable and regimented in the space while viewers watch them. The performance was studied like a drawing or a painted portrait—the position in space, the single point of view, the palette, the choice of the subjects. It seems instinctive to presume that the girls in your performances are counterparts to you. After all, Italy is still a very white, even conservative place. Later, when we moved near Genoa, the landscape changed. The more meanings people allocate to the work the better it is, but I am afraid this would be a difficult relationship to admit.
What was the relationship at that time between the girls, the writing, and the drawing? There is a visual component to the food in that book: the colors, the categories, and the comments on my state of being. Courtesy Vanessa Beecroft; The twins Madit and Mongor Akot Makoi. What are the prospects after Sundance? Helena Kontova: Something of a revolution happened in Genoa during the G8 meeting. There is Vanessa Beecroft as a European white female, and then there is Vanessa Beecroft as Kanye, an African-American male. And inversely numerous houses and couture labels have invited her to stage their collections.
Do you feel your work is a part or reflection of a certain imagery? The image could come from the immediate repertoire of painting, cinema or photography, but it was often biographical. At the moment our situation is not clear to any of us. How do you answer people who feel you are trespassing into an area of racial politics? These performances were like drawings, architectures and monuments to me. We worked together on a draft for the Book of Food that I could never print, like many other books I can never print.
Courtesy and photography by Vanessa Beecroft. There is Vanessa Beecroft as a European white female, and then there is Vanessa Beecroft as Kanye, an African-American male. Did you feel obtrusive, have any qualms about your presence as part of the group of whites in native communities, especially given some of the tensions depicted in the film? We will continue to bid on your behalf up to your maximum bid only if there are competing bidders on the lot. The following year she exhibited in New York for the first time, at the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York. Can you elaborate on how these ideas inform your creative process, if at all? And also the influence of rules in aesthetics. If you are bored show it.
And of course this is often what makes a documentary film special and revealing, or biased and manipulative. These performances were like drawings, architectures and monuments to me. Clayton Campbell is an artist and Artistic Director at 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles. This recalls the tradition of the tableau vivant on one hand, and the imagery of the catwalk show on the other.