From our 10 year anniversary issue. “I think my work is a strange mixture of reality and dreams. I love to make pieces that are genuine and can be worn in many different ways,” says Dries Van Noten in an exclusive interview by Philippe Pourhashemi. Standing for elegance, charm and singularity, the collections of the celebrated Antwerp-based designer are soulful, moving and personal. Photography by Laetitia Hotte and fashion by Shino Itoi.
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From our 10 year anniversary issue. “The latest weaves are called Pattern of Thoughts. They don’t have any predetermined patterns, rather they are a kind of visualization of how my brain works when I weave. I try to have lots of fun in my studio and be curious about where my thoughts will lead me,” says Linnéa Sjöberg, who has been working in Berlin since 2016 and is busy preparing for a solo exhibition at Company Gallery in New York. Interview by Antonia Nessen.
While researching this text I returned to Barbara Kruger’s iconic picture from 1983 with a black and white image of a woman’s face partly covered with the words: “We won’t play nature to your culture.” True to a feminist agenda, the picture rejects artificially determined gender roles, building on the dichotomy of “culture” (superior and male) versus “nature” (inferior and female). Kruger challenges not only the dichotomy itself – the binary opposition of nature and culture – but also the legacy of a power structure, where culture is considered to be of higher rank than nature, as well as the tradition of associating culture with male and nature with female. By Maria Ben Saad
"We were called the Antwerp Six because the English press didn't know how to pronounce our names. We showed our work together in London in the 1980s and it had an impact on how we were perceived. It would be impossible to reproduce this now." Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi and photography by Julien Claessens.
The image of her in a mohawk, with multiple piercings, a laptop under her arm, has made a strong impression; one that will be difficult to shed in the next decade. But in the wake of the brilliant and nuanced portrayal of the heroine Lisbeth Salander in The girl with the dragon tattoo, comes a breakthrough with a string of leading roles directed by some of the most prominent names in film today. ”When I get into a role I become a combination of Noomi and the character. We merge into one. My body follows my mind and adjusts accordingly,” says Noomi. By Antonia Nessen