2020.04.11 - 07.25
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April 11 to July 25, 2020
(last entry 17:00)
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Curated by photography specialist Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of the Swiss Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, SCoP is thrilled to present an amazing array of photographs from the creative vision of photographers like Paolo Roversi and Nick Knight, the late Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019), Bruce Weber, Mario Testino and Juergen Teller. We are also proud to do so alongside the work of women photographers like Ellen von Unwerth, Viviane Sassen, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Emma Summerton, Ina Jang, and two of China’s hot young photographers Kiki Xue and Feng Li. Join us in discovering how their highly individual approach to the aesthetics of an image takes their works beyond the simple ideas we have about fashion.
In recent decades, fashion photography has expanded its horizons beyond a “hard sell” of the garments themselves. The creative vision of its photographers today gives ever more visual form to the diverse ways in which we like to identify ourselves. Success is elusive. How to keep up with a pace of style that would be for most people exhausting? To make a mark, fashion photographers rely upon creative vision today like never before where each new season presents a new array of aspirations. For the photographers presented here, the challenge is clearly exhilarating.
“Beyond Fashion” comes to Shanghai as part of an international tour. And, located arguably in China’s most stylish city, SCoP is honored to play host to an exhibition which goes beyond the simple artifice of a conventional fashion photo, to look not only at how models are used to sell us the garments we desire, but at how clothing has come to define everything about our personality. In less politically-correct times, we would describe our theme as “Clothes maketh the man”. Today, clothes clearly maketh everyone! Not only do women drive the fashion industry with a gusto equal to that of their male counterparts, but there is an entire generation of female photographers ambitious to be every bit as good and better than the male legends of the fashion industry.
Come and see for yourself how these amazingly creative photographers play with aesthetics in extraordinary ways to project narratives that reach beyond fashion.
Blommers & Schumm
Jonathan de Villiers
Erik Madigan Heck
Scheltens & Abbenes
Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Ellen von Unwerth
Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography. She is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland, where for the last 6 years she has organized photography shows of the work of Alex Prager, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Vik Muniz, Todd Hido, Garry Winogrand and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She has worked as a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography for several years, specifically on projects dedicated to fashion photography. Previously, she was a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. She is the author of several books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography, Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast, Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past, and New Swiss Architecture (all Thames & Hudson). Most recent publications are Body: The Photography Book (Thames & Hudson), Mountains by Magnum Photographers (Prestel) and the Chinese language version of The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography that will be published in May 2020.
This exhibition has been organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP), Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with Shanghai Center of Photography. FEP was founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization. Based in Minneapolis, a city with a vibrant tradition for support for the arts, FEP has produced a large number of highly successful exhibition travelling to 35 countries on 4 continents. Catalogues produced in conjunction with the exhibition have been published in many language editions. Exhibitions include “Civilization: The Way We Live Now’; “Arnold Newman: Masterclass”, “William Wegman: Being Human” among numerous others.