Jenny Marketou transforms the space into a design workshop based on the concept of ‘paper fashion’ as a metaphor for highly political fashion that reflects the fragile state of the world and the socio-political context.
In keeping with the usual practice for PRAXIS projects, the exhibition room will take the form of a mutable space at the installation level. In this instance, it will also serve as a venue for performative collaboration in which the public, creator, collaborator and performer come together as one. The result of this is a collision between the concepts of creation and display, production and product that Marketou uses to develop a project in which fun, frustration and surprise are all part of the process of creating the work(s).
The idea behind each workshop is to provide a framework for sharing, research, production and connections between a whole host of diverse groups who are expected to design an original and colourful unisex paper dress decorated using cut-outs and patterns of words, phrases and messages, to be chosen by each participant and intended to convey the essence of the word ‘fragile’.
Each dress will carry the name of its creator and will be photographed and catalogued before being hung on a clothes hanger or put on one of the dummies arranged around the room. These designs will remain in the museum workshop throughout the duration of the project until the moment of the final event, which will take the form of a public performance-cum-demonstration in which all the participants will wear their own paper works created during the workshops.
The workshops are open to everyone who wishes to take part and will be led by the artist, who may invite other artists, designers, critics and teachers to run their own workshop.
A number of specific groups have been organised but there is room for all kinds of groups and individuals who wish to participate. In addition, improvised workshops will be run in the exhibition room, which will remain open and active during museum opening hours.
Praxis. Jenny Marketou. Paperophanies
Curator: Blanca de la Torre
Produced by ARTIUM
Paperophanies web site
October 13, thursday, 7.00 PM
A conversation with Jenny Marketou
November 25, friday, 7.00 PM
Parade with the works made in the workshops
Starting at ARTIUM
October 12, wednesday, and november 20 and 27 (sundays), 12.00 PM
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