Your Hallucination Is Now
Exhibition: – 30 Jan 2011
1017 DS Amsterdam
Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
1017 DS Amsterdam
Mon-Wed 10-18; Thu-Fri 10-21; Sat-Sun 10-18
Foam presents Your Hallucination Is Now Complete by fashion photographer Steven Klein as part of Amsterdam International Fashion Week. Your Hallucination Is Now Complete is a new video work by Steven Klein specially compiled for Hyères annual fashion and photography festival in 2010. This multimedia presentation is presented in the Westergoud building at Westergasterrein, near the catwalk shows.
The presentation features a larger-than-life video clip in which static and moving images are interspersed in an upbeat tempo to the sound of sinister music. The video shows a range of fashion series made by the photographer between 2001 and 2010. With Your Hallucination Is Now Complete Klein aims to create a portrait of decadence and decay in America.
Steven Klein is the enfant terrible of fashion photography, consistently challenging the established fashion system with creative resistance. His fashion series on the pages of both American and French editions of Vogue provide a turbulent counterpoint in the magazine landscape.
Klein examines the disintegration of American society in extensively staged images. His series feature erotically-tinged, occasionally sadomasochistic narrative scenes inspired by the seamier side of life. Whether the subjects are models or celebrities, such as Madonna or Brad Pitt, Klein manipulates them in his own way to explore the boundaries of what generally goes for good taste. His fashion series for American magazine W have acquired cult status.
Steven Klein trained as a painter at Rhode Island School of Design before launching his career as a photographer in Paris. He regularly contributes to American Vogue, Vogue Italia and W. Klein has worked on numerous advertising campaigns, particularly Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana. He recently directed Alejandro, a music video for Lady Gaga.
Your Hallucination Is Now Complete by Steven Klein was compiled by Michel Mallard and Raphaëlle Stopin and was made possible with support from Grazia and Marie Claire in conjunction with the Amsterdam International Fashion Week.
Your Hallucination Is Now Complete by Steven Klein appears from 28 to 30 January 2011 in the Westergoud building at Westergasterrein, Polonceaukade 27, Amsterdam. Open Thursday 27 January 7.30-9pm; Friday 28 January - Sunday 30 January 12-6pm. Admission free.