Dt consists of three separate shows that are shown separately, but co-exist
in the same space.
- A solo exhibition of drawings and mural(s)
- A group show that is a dialogue amongst contemporary portrait photographers
and a dialogue amongst contemporary fashion designers.
Content wise, Dt is about the nakedness of an artist. Through the work
in both Dt ehibitions, the viewer gets to eplore how the artist reveals
her/ his psyche through her/ his art by offering a closer look at her/his
identity, her/his nakedness..
Concept wise, the viewer gets a dialogue between:
- Disciplines: drawing,painting, photography and fashion
- The photographers themselves (as each works in her/his own particular
- The fashion designers, in how they deal with the term 'nakedness'.
To answer a frequently occurring thought with audiences (of what the artist
would look like), Dt features the artist of the drawing exhibition as
a model for the work of the photography and fashion leg of the exhibition.
This way, the viewer is provided with a look into the "soul" of the artists
of the drawing leg of the exhibition as well as that of the photographers
and fashion designers, by the way they chose to portray / use the artist.
To see what the dialogue would be between artists whose work revolves
around designing clothes and how they would respond to 'nakedness', fashion
designers were invited to provide the sculptural element of the project.
Their contribution is an intriguing and important part of the show that
serves as material for reflection and a motivator for production. It shows
that sometimes, the way clothing wraps around a body tells us more about
the body than it conceals.
Christoph Broich, a german designer (who is Belgian based) created an
outfit for the model. He made a sculptural piece of the outfit, which
is attached to the wall. It is made so that, when fully nude,the model
would be able to step into the piece and be fully dressed.
Christophe Coppens printed several photographed views of the nude model
onto fabric to create a life-size sculpture of the model.
The sociological aspect of this exhibition focuses on the fact that representational
art forms in Western Culture have been about the male gaze for centuries.
While women have been paraded around in their birthday suit for decades,
society’s male-dominated structure, prevents women from looking
at the male nude. In the rare event male nudity is shown, it is conveniently
stigmatized as being a part of homosexual culture. Because even within
the art world, women are exposed more often than men, Dt offers material
for the female gaze by opting for a male model.
While it is generally assumed that the kind of controversial exposure
as shown in Dt leaves nothing to the imagination, this exhibition explores
just that: The imagination of the photographer, designer, the thoughts
in the artist’s mind, the way the artists chose to portray their