Huge congrats to our alumna Hilla Kurki, who was awarded the Still Life prize at this year’s International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion accessories in Hyères, France!!!
Through performative acts and self-portraiture Hilla addresses her personal experiences of grief and healing. Essential element in the works is the juxtaposition of a living body and the materiality of textiles:
“Clothes work as tangible symbols of sorrow. Like Louise Bourgeois has shown, textiles are not only soft, but also fiercely feminine. The act of cutting runs in my bloodline: generations of women cutting up the clothes of the deceased to continuous thread, later to be weaved as rugs. And through this same act of cutting I am born again. Shift in the light as the sun rises, series of images unravel a naked body, a play between vulnerability and strength”.
The exhibition featuring works of all the winners and finalists will be on show until 28 May in Hyères, welcome!