On my way from assignment to exhibition, show to fair, I have met some nice, talented and creative professionals. I would like to give them a chance to show their work in our space at C-Mine, a site for the creative industry in the old Mine building of Winterslag/Genk.
A mix of photography, fashion, design, art and music with a constant strive for aesthetics and a mood from joyful to melancholic.
More info: www.michaelverheyden.be and www.myspace.com/michaelverheyden
Friday 23rd May 2008 from 8.30 PM - 3 AM One Night Only!
Evence Coppéelaan 91
Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org or T 089 653 843
presale 7 euro
entrance 10 euro
Photography – Fashion – Art – Design – Music:
Annick Geenen was born in Lommel, Belgium, in 1970. She studied photography at the Art Academy in Genk (SHIVKV, 1985-1992). During her study of photography, she concentrated mostly on portraiture. She trained with the art photographer Jan Carlier, the fashion photographer Marcel Van Der Vlugt and the well-known artist Jan Fabre. The analysis of movement and the forms of expression were the perfect preparation for her specialization: portrait and fashion photography. In 1997 she obtained her master's degree in Fine Arts Photography. Past and present clients include Raf Simons, Veronique Branquinho, Harvey Bouterse, Wouter Hoste, Katleen Missotten, Weekend Knack magazine, Vision magazine, Stimuli magazine, Martin Margiela just to name a few. www.annickgeenen.com
Anthony Duffeleer leads a successful architecture office with his wife Freia Rombouts. His “No Fruit” lamp for DARK already won a prestigious IF Award. He is a professor at the Sint Lucas University Gent.
Pieter Erasmus Leunens is the leader of the band “Apartmind”, he already played with Jim Cole and Jan De Campenaere/Venus in Flames. In 2004 he accidentally made it to the finals of IDOL! This will be their first show.
Arthur Roovers is the only non-professional, but he makes beautiful and mysterious self-portraits.
Bent Van Looy conquers the world of avant-garde pop from his homebase Paris with one of Belgium’s finest bands Das Pop. This spring their new album will finally be released. For us he will get the party going with an eclectic DJ-set.
Elric Petit, Augustin Scott de Martinville and Grégoire Jeanmonod met at ECAL, in Lausanne. Respectively Belgian, French and Swiss, they developed a common approach and soon they formed a close team. Big-Game was created in June 2004. Beyond the fact that their ambition is to become “big game”, they also view the world of design as a huge playground. Creating a new object always implies some code and reference manipulations. Besides, technical constraints linked to contemporary industrial production need to be added to the rules of the game.
Christian Wijnants runs his own label of women’s fashion since 2001. He is known for his high-level knitwear, artistic but practical cut and fresh colour palette. He already won the Hyères Fashion Festival and the Swiss Textile Award.
Felix Baumsteiger is the youngest of the selection and still a student photography at the Maastricht Academy. Still is work is already admired by many.
Gunhyo Kim won the Weekend Knack Award with his 3rd year collection and the Samsung Fashion & Design Fund with his final collection when graduating from the Antwerp Academy. He works for Dries van Noten and showed his first men’s collection during last fashion week in Paris.www.myspace.com/ilgalantuomo
Graphic designer Geoffrey Brusatto already worked for Z33, Muhka, NICC Antwerpen, Het Festival van Vlaanderen, Bookstore Copyright and artist Koen Vanmechelen. He teaches at PHL often makes artwork like a raincoat for the Triennial Super or private limited editions.
Johan Mangelschots already worked with the big stars of the international fashion world. He’s a good friend of Marina Yee; both of them are no longer “young talent” but are still wild at heart!
Krakow started in 1999 in the apartment of Piet de Pessemier. He was forced to play softly not to wake the neighbors and this way of composing suited him perfectly. Pretty soon Gert Cools and Wim Grosemans joined him and provided the necessary musical backbone with bass and drums. As a trio they steadily kept on working on songs and soon they figured the sound lacked a female voice. A problem quickly solved, when Niné Chipolletti joined the band. With her fragile voice she manages to move the audience over and over again. Soon the first concerts were booked. Krakow, now a threesome, strictly sticks to its own rules of simplicity and restraint, even if a huge wall of sound sometimes disturbs the last one. Nevertheless Krakow always holds on to its basic rule: Always play slowly.
Lawrence Wasser describe themselves as no-wave and primitive disco. This results in an eclectic sound with elements of new wave, post-punk, rockabilly, surf, lo-fi indie pop and indeed no wave. The mood of the music goes from melancholy to nervous, but always with a strange twist and with a lot of energy.
Marina Yee: Insiders claim her to be the most talented of the Antwerp Six; nevertheless she is the one without commercial collection. The last years she focuses on her artwork with success. Recently she had her first solo exhibition at Z33/Hasselt.
Klaus Mühlbauer is the fourth generation to take over the family business, which he has been running since 2001. Like his forefathers he is a trained hat-maker and milliner. Klaus Mühlbauer concentrates on headwear, the core business of the company. Together with his sister Marlies Mühlbauer he designs the collections. The new generation managed an image change around that gives Mühlbauer hats a place in the best shops and boutiques around the world, including Le Bon Marché (Paris), Harrods (London), Bergdorf Goodman (New York) and Isetan (Tokyo). www.muehlbauer.at
Peter Hulsmans uses all sorts of media such as video projections, photos, installations and sculptures. In a number of recent projects the artist confronted real environments in the public space with a series of prints of manipulated details from images, sometimes in combination with text. In this way Hulsmans contribution to the project (They say this is the) Place in 2001 questioned the special characteristics of specific locations around Sint-Jansplein in Antwerp and the structures which ensure that people are allocated a certain fixed location in the urban environment. In the context of the Tracer project (2003) the artist placed six billboards with prints at various locations in the rural borough of Ename. The artefacts and places depicted on the posters referred to activities in other locations. In this way the isolation of the village was symbolically broken down and this reminded us that Ename is in fact a road junction which acquired its own special character through these external links. www.platformlimburg.be/images.php?aid=99&fid=2005
POLKA is the design label of Marie Rahm and Monica Singer. They were working on projects together since they met at University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In 2004 they both founded the label ‘POLKA product pleasure’ as basis for their co-operations. In observing everyday life phenomena they show shifting points of view in their creations. To discover the beauty in the banal, the extraordinary out of the ordinary is the aim. The both designers like to surprise and carry on the ease of life forward on the way to create 'product pleasures'.
Saartje Vereecke gave her first solo show in the CIAP gallery the same year she graduated as master in painting at the PHL. Recently she showed new work for the group exhibition “Wild Vlees” for the 20th birthday of CIAP.
The modest men are DJ's spinning their decks with Jazz - R&B - Ska - 6T's Beat - Rocksteady - Britpop - Northern Soul - Hammond - 2Tone and other 6T's Groove.
They will turn this party into a groovy sixties dance club experience presenting your favorite top sounds from the sixties for your all night long dancing www.myspace.com/themodestmen
TOUR (Stijn Segers) is creating a soundtrack for an imaginary road movie called E40. Following the European highway E40, with it's 8000km one of the world's longest highways, he creates songs for 12 cities in 12 countries on this highway. He travels from Calais in the north of France to Ridder near the Chinese border in Kazakhstan. Central throughout the work will be man, on his way to a specific (traveling) or unspecific goal (wandering). For each city, TOUR collaborates with a video artist and incorporates local folk elements into the music.
Woutwalt is a Brussels-based collaboration of two creatives: Walt Van Beek and Wouter De Raeve. WW is about graphic design, silkscreen, communication, animation and film, exhibitions, interior design and landscape architecture. Their work travels from cultural to corporate.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG announced the CFDA’s four 2008 honorees: the Eugenia Sheppard Award will be given to STYLE.COM EDITOR Candy Pratts Price, Carolina Herrera nabbed the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will be presented with the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute.
Before announcing the winner of the International Award, DVF teased the
crowd by saying, "I'm going to play a guessing game. He's a man. From
my hometown." When the crowd guessed wrong, she clarified, "My birth
country – Belgium", before revealing it was Dries Van Noten. (March 11,
With thanks to www.Vogue.co.uk
From Wednesday March 12th through Sunday 17 August 17th the Fashion Museum of the Province of Antwerp (MoMu) will present the exhibition ‘MOI, VERONIQUE. Branquinho, to(u)t(e) nu(e)’, marking the tenth anniversary of the Veronique Branquinho designer label.
Veronique Branquinho graduated from the fashion department of the Antwerp Royal Academy in 1995. She first presented her women’s collection in Paris in October of 1997. In 2003 she added her men’s line and opened her flagship store in Antwerp.
In this first retrospective exhibition the designer lets us look inside her ambiguous, suggestive world, where birch forests bathe in moonlight and men warm themselves around a fireplace with glasses of whiskey. She gives an overview of the themes and atmospheres that have been decisive in her work and give her collections her unique signature. References to film, photography and music, which continue to reappear in her presentations and visual language, will also receive ample attention.
Duality is a constant in Veronique’s world: attracting and repelling, playing and pushing away again. Things are never what they seem. The woman in Veronique’s oeuvre is at once innocent and erotic, playful yet severe, mysterious and always complex. Returning elements, such as long dresses and concealing capes make one curious, never giving everything away.
Veronique Branquinho has invited the Blitz collective – writer Oscar van den Boogaard, actor Steven Van Watermeulen and Sven Grooten of B-architects – to help her hone her concept and scenography for the exhibition.
Guest curators: Veronique Branquinho and Blitz
MOI, VERONIQUE. Branquinho, to(u)t(e) nu(e) can be seen from Wednesday, March 12, 2008, through Sunday, August 17, 2008, at the Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, Nationalestraat 28, 2000 Antwerp. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 AM to 6 PM. Tickets are sold until 5.30 PM.
Starting on March 3th, fashion connoisseurs have a new destination: THECORNER.COM (www.thecorner.com), a high-end online department store featuring the latest collections from cutting-edge international designers and a selection of Italian premium niche brands- many of them making their online debut. Established to convey each brand's distinct image, the store will feature "corners" that are virtual shops created for each designer.
THECORNER.COM will open its virtual doors in the United States and the European Union at the start of March 2008 with the Spring/Summer '08 Men's Collections by 20 designers and brands, among them: Marc Jacobs, Viktor & Rolf, Etro, Rykiel Homme, Hussein Chalayan, Premiata and Costume National Active. THECORNER.COM will also open in Japan in Fall/Winter '08 and launch Women's Collections within the year.
THECORNER.COM is powered by YOOX, the worldwide Internet retailing partner for the leading fashion brands.
Harvey Bouterse is originally from South Americ and he was raised in Holland, but his interest in fashion brought him to Antwerp, where he currently lives and works. He learned about the fashion industry by working for other Belgian designers like Veronique Branqhuino, Wim Neels, Christian Wijnants and Wouter Hoste.
He now works as a free-lance designer for different brands and has launched his own label “HrVi - Harvey Bouterse”
The HrVi collections are small yet complete. Small so that each piece becomes a personal item finished to perfection and complete because ... well,...we just need things to be complete, don’t we? With jackets, tops, trousers ...and even a few brilliant leather travelling bags.
There is a strong travelling feel to HrVi, Say Life Travellers and the road they travel in search of themselves and what they come up to face with on that road.
Harvey’s collections “is” that road. Because it leaves every opportunity open to leap to another direction, or to be inspired and influenced by things and characters we encounter along our way.
Personality is important in the way we dress and how we want to have things that can become and stay our own, to take with us on our journey.
That’s why personality, searching, development and growth are the main inspiration sources of HrVi.
Says the designer: “The collection is less formal in style and intent and I hope it will create a new audience to fashion in general: an audience that puts substance over muscle, sincerity over profit and that stands strong in their respect for creative integrity. An audience that is constantly exploring and developing into a better shape of itself.”
For images, please visit http://www.hrvi.be
USA² is a dual exhibition with photographic work by Peter Granser (an Austrian citizen who lives in Germany) and the USA-based Kate Schermerhorn. Both have a keen eye for the exaggerations, absurdities and stereotypes that decorate the edges of American popular culture. Their personal observations offer us diverse and critical points of view of the American way of life, but are always bathed in a subtle sense of humor. They show us the USA ‘squared’ or with all its exaggerations and excesses, exhibited in a time when American elections flood our tv-screens with an abundance of issues this nation faces today.
Peter Granser (°1971) depicts in his series entitled Coney Island the eternally American dream. He reveals to us the seaside amusement park Coney Island (NY) that was created in the 19th century imagining the America of tomorrow and its new leisure activities. Coney Island is now rusted and dirty , but still so quitessentially American, that Granser presents to us its characteristic facets and morbid charm. On the strips of hot concrete floor, bejewelled exhibitionists can be spotted posing for pictures. Young women dressed in 1950s swimsuits look the part, with a streak of scarlet lipstick and high pony tails, but we also meet throwbacks from the 1970s New York gay scene,... These are all allusions to times past.
The British photographer Martin Parr, well known for his humorous social reportage, has clearly been an influence to Granser. The photographer even switched from black and white to colour after meeting Parr in 1997. One can also discover in his pictures a clear fascination for William Eggleston and Stephen Shore and their view of reality and everyday life.
The work of Kate Schermerhorn (°1966) focuses more on the West Coast of the USA, where she grew up and returned to after a period abroad. The images reveal the aspects of LA that relate to the reality/fantasy theme. She researches the tiny edge between the real and the unreal in different forms: a plastic cactus on the sandy ground of a real desert; a realistic looking rock turning out to be a stereo speaker... She continually asks herself: What is Los Angeles: La La Land? City of Angels? Entertainment Capital of the World? City where Dreams are Made? Schermerhorn’s work is a detailed and critical observation of her culture; sometimes she tries to figure out what Americans do for fun and exactly why, while other series refer to the intercangeable nature of the real and the unreal in LA. To escape in yet other images from all of this, into the vastness and contemplation of the Pacific Ocean. Her work can be formally associated with the American observations by Walker Evans and the colour images of everyday life by William Eggleston.
Peter Granser Kate Schermerhorn
(March 13th– May 3th, 2008)
FIFTY ONE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
2000 ANTWERP, BELGIUM
had to keep it top secret for over one year, but now we're allowed to
tell the world about it: together with H&M and a host of artists,
designers and musicians we proudly present the new AIDS awareness
collection 'Fashion against AIDS', that will be in 650 H&M
'Divided' stores in 27 countries from January 31st!
The participating artists are: Katharine Hamnett, Henrik Vibskov, Jade Jagger, Chicks on Speed, Tiga, Timbaland, Rihanna, Justice, Scissor Sisters, Good Charlotte, Ziggy Marley, My Chemical Romance, Rufus Wainwright and The Cardigans. They all designed unique prints for a T-shirt, minidress or hoodie, made of certified organic cotton and for sale for a price that ranges between 13 and 40 euros. 25% of the sales price (which is about the same as the net proceeds after expenses) will be donated to future AIDS awareness campaigns, to be coordinated by DAA and US organisation YouthAIDS, who we selected to be the other beneficiary of this project.
H&M will produce a special FAA webpage that goes live on January 17th on www.hm.com, there'll be advertisements in magazines and bus shelters, we made video clips with 8 of the artists (type 'Fashion against Aids' on Youtube and you'll see them there) and there'll be launch events in New York (with Rihanna), Toronto (with Tiga), Berlin (with Chicks on Speed) and of course Antwerp (with a host of top DJ's and supermodels), where DAA are based.
We want to take this opportunity to wish everybody a wonderful 2008!