Friday, August 21, 2015

Brooding

I'm really looking forward to finally seeing the David Bowie exhibition at ACMI in Melbourne, and as a consequence of that I've of course created a moodboard. It features some of the photographs that accompanied Grimes in her interview with The FADER magazine (which I highly recommend), as well as Kate Bush and Beth Ditto. Basically the unifying theme is transformation viewed from the eyes of a teenager. It is those years which seem the most pivotable, informative and malleable in terms of who we are and who we will become. It is less easy to transform ourselves in our twenties, and then into our thirties and forties without it being labelled as a mid-life crisis. Despite its difficulties it is always worthwhile to reexamine and have the courage to re-imagine ourselves but is fraught with the social perils of alienating our loved ones and those around us. This narrative is something that I come back to time and time again, which makes me think these feelings are part of the human experience in general but more closely associated with youth. Seeing someone else's life chronicled through outfits, but also the makeup they wore onstage will help inform these thoughts, but open many more questions. 

1- Kate Bush performing “Babooshka” on the Dr. Hook Show, 1980. 2 & 3- Grimes for Fader Magazine Issue #99 August-September 2015 by Ben Grieme. 4, 5 & 6- YSL.com. 7- unbenannt by Czar Kristoff on Flickr. 8- Marjan Jonkman by Greg Kadel for Numero. 9, 10 & 11- sadkejawaan. 12, 13 & 14- Exile on Prince St by Susan Meiselas. 15- Damaris Goddrie shot by Bryony Wright. 16- Cry BB by Hannah Kristina. 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21- Beth Ditto in POP Magazine (2007), “Size Zero” by Steven Klein. 22 & 23- Chloë Sevigny releases No Time for Love, a photobook filled with snapshots from photobooths and candid images of the men in her life, from her father to her first loves. Available on InnenZines.com

6 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous of you seeing the David Bowie exhibition- I'd love to go but I'm sadly quite far away :(
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    1. That sucks! If it means traveling interstate though I'd definitely make the effort- or check out your local art/ pop culture exhibition :)

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  2. I love the pictures, especially those of Grimes, though I can't say I entirely agree with the idea that the teenage years are the main years for self-transformation. It can be different for everyone, I think. Like, personally, I didn't change much during highschool because I didn't know how to rectify still feeling like a kid with the sense of being forced to grow up. And in university I was basically on pause for four years. I feel like I've grown much more as a person now, in my early/mid twenties, and I feel a lot happier with myself. But then, I've always done things at a different pace, haha. It also kind of makes me think of things Tavi has said in some of her editor's letters, about how she'd rather continue to develop as a person throughout her life. (This isn't to detract from what you wrote; it's just interesting how everyone has different ideas about it.)

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    1. Cool! Interesting to hear what you had to say, and thanks for not writing in such a way as to make me question myself or undermine what I had to say since everyone IS different and there are certain events in a person's life which will be pivotal

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  3. Aw, Claire Boucher (sigh)! I...I've always thought o' her as the new David Bowie, even though she's a she, right? Why? She's like Bowie in how transformative she is--she's strongly resistant to the status quo. (I also live in British Columbia where she's from--YAY!!!)

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