Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Yamamoto's Waves

"A silk dress with a bamboo crinoline hangs upside down over a lake in the center of a former power station. The dress' reflection, distorted by a boat's oar, depicts something ethereal, something "other,” something that though once a wedding dress, here becomes genderless. Those who experience Yohji Making Waves at the Wapping Project in London, part of a London-wide commemoration of Yamamoto’s 30 years in Europe, are invariably humbled. As one of the boat rowers around the makeshift lake tell us in this piece, the scene brings to mind the River Styx. This shrine-like space was engendered with further meaning when it opened as the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the coast off of Japan in late March. Sofia Saldanha communicates this added immediateness with this piece, pairing reflections from the oarsmen and the director of the Wapping project to affecting ambient noise." Sukey Bernard, The [Un]Observed

Produced by Sofia Saldanha


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