25-year-old Najd Altaher is the rising star of Kuwait. With photography and illustrations that exposes social politics and taboos, the young visual artist has toured in both the East and the West and won the prestigious Crossway Foundation award not only once, but twice. DANSK talked with the ambitious Altaher about the future of her career, the ground for her interests and her believes in her own work.
The rising British fashion designer opens her first exhibition project at London’s Serpentine Galleries, rendering it a collaborative platform to connect with artistic peers from the African diaspora. Spirituality, magic, pain, and beauty: Johanna Wiklund reviews Grace Wales Bonner‘s “A Time for New Dreams”.
Hjalte Ross is a Danish singer-song writer who with his debut album Embody – produced in collaboration with the famous British producer John Wood – has won critics’ hearts across the globe, as well as several awards. DANSK sat down with the rising star about his work and the experience of being an artist.
At last year’s Copenhagen Fashion Week, there was one moment in particular that left the roaming clientele gagging. The newly revived Designer’s Nest, showcasing the best of Nordic fashion graduates, opened its show with a large, unassuming textile pattern placed on a metal stretcher, when suddenly, a model literally walked through it, arms first, effectively ripping it down and transforming it to a wearable garment in a manner of seconds. The author behind the genius gesture was Marie Sloth Rousing, a graduate from KADK in Copenhagen – and unsuprisingly, she was named as the 1st prize recipient only a few minutes later. 6 months later, Rousing is one again ready to present her defiant fashion sculptures – this time in an exhibitionary context.
With London Fashion Week just wrapped up, we head directly to Florence, where Pitti Uomo 95 is already in full action. The men’s fashion and trade week has been going on since the early 1970s, and has in the recent decade of menswear galvanization, become the most important event for men’s fashion globally. Perhaps, then, it’s not ideal to go if you, like us, are a bit tired of fashion; or rather, not ready for the endless desert walk that is fashion season. But fear not; there’s other things to do in Florence than eating pizza and watching Chinese tourists hurting each other with selfie sticks. For example, head to Museu Marino Marini, where the Italian art/design company Slam Jam will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a grandiose program of exhibitions and events – including a show curated by the Milan-based art magazine KALEIDOSCOPE with the French/Danish design duo OrtaMiklos.
Arguably, the two most fetishized design traditions are those of Scandinavia and Japan – both cherished for their stylish minimalism, humble luxury, and utmost craftsmanship. But although far removed from one another geographically, the two countries have more shared design history than you might think – and thanks to a new exhibition, we’ve come to understand it better. “Learning from Japan,” currently on display at the Danish Design Museum, charts the specific influence of Japan on Danish artistic culture through art, design, architecture. Japan’s rich symbolic universe, including insects, patterns, and the mythical “wabi-sabi” aesthetic philosophy of imperfection have had fundamental influence on Danish modernism – in fact, constitutes one of its fundamental cornerstones. Dive into the museum’s sizable collection of Japanese art – including some seriously stunning woodcuts –as well as graphic works and ceramics. A perfect pallet-cleanser for the folkloric Nordic Christmas, in which stylishness can sometimes be hard to spot.
Working between Copenhagen and Greenland, Bibi Chemnitz has pioneered a design identity for the people of the world’s biggest island, and given a unique creative voice to a community often neglected in the mainstream political conversation. As she continues to grow her vision of political streetwear internationally, we caught up with the designer and her partner David Røgilds – discussing Arctic summers, cultural heritage, and how to make it at Paris Fashion Week.
Photographer Hördur Ingason – Creative Director Uffe Buchard – Fashion Coordinator Line Dalgaard – Fashion Editor Emilie Guldbrandsen – Unique Creatives – Make-up Anne Staunsager – Hair Marianne Jensen – Photographer Assistant Anders Philip – Fashion Assistant Marta Perez Almazan – Hair Assistant Andrea Hansen – Talents Catharina Pedersen – Le Management – Jeppe Julius & Louie Frandsen – Scoop Models – All Clothing & Accessories Calvin Klein Jeans
Creative Director Uffe Buchard – Fashion CoordinatorLine Dalgaard – Make-up Kolbrun Ran – Tomorrow Management
Hair Marianne Jensen – Hair Assistant Linh Nguyen – Production Assistant Julie Poulsen – Talent Clara McNair – Unique Models – All jewellery by Pandora