Anna Nevala (Best Models), 2014
Alice on the Other Side of the Catwalkby ANTÓNIO CERVEIRA PINTO
If anything distinguishes modern and contemporary culture, fashion is the one. In its fragile and ephemeral body, in the tissue that had just landed on the skin of models and their chained movement, fashion calls itself for the narcissism, drawing, cutting, sewing, imagery, eroticism, seduction, nervousness, excitement and beauty of an era marked by urban communication, look, freedom and democracy. Where the female, the male and other genres interact day and nigh. High couture, the last costume and the famous tailor that excited Soren Kierkegaard. In black and white, "prêt-à-porter" and color, what else?
In this frenzy circular chamber a special cat moves with a camera on his hands. It is the artist, hunter of images that propagate through the phases of light as an endless lake. It is Joao Bacelar, the intimate reporter of the invisible dimensions before the parade. The artist as photographer moves uncensored around the backstage of fashion travails, sharing those moments and tensions preceding the catwalk, capturing different language games, shapes, colors and movements emanating from those frenzy days and nights. Alice on the other side of the catwalk, definitely!
This exhibition brings together more than one hundred photographs taken in the backstage of Portuguese fashion parades, with particular emphasis on ModaLisboa events.
JOAO BACELAR: "Alice on the Other Side of the Catwalk"
TALK—a conversation between Joao Bacelar and Antonio Cerveira Pinto. June 3, 7-9 pm
Galeria Luís Serpa Projectos (Lisboa), may 8 - june 19, 2014.