Navigating contemporary Orientalism and postcolonial identity through a deliberate centering of the Othered body, this exhibition introduces Azura Lovisa’s work to the public through a presentation of her most recent fashion collection, a film and photo campaign in collaboration with Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee—born out of the shared interest, as women of Southeast Asian heritage, in subverting the Orientalist gaze—as well as sculpture, collage, books, and material from the family archive presented alongside written accounts by Azura’s mother. As an artist and designer, Azura imagines her fashion collections as chapters within a greater constellation of work, recognising fashion’s unique particularity and proximity to individual self-construction.
Featuring work by Azura and a team of collaborators—accessories by Tanaporn Wongsa and Birgit Toke Tauka Frietman, set design by Sheridan Tjhung, photography and videography by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee, and lookbook photos by Ana Larruy‚ the exhibition seeks to inhabit a space in the imagination which is simultaneously familiar, mythical and pulsing with potentiality, channeling various mediums to flesh out an aesthetic and emotional presence. The exhibition is a testament to extracting our own meanings, locating our own contexts, and learning our own histories via salvaged memory.
The viewer is situated in a space that acknowledges both the conscious fabrication of the imaginary as well as the sensory and emotional experience of it. The garments are suspended like apparitions within a composite memory palace, a space evocative of simultaneous displacement and familiarity.
Sayang means sweetheart, darling, to love in Bahasa Melayu.
Shown at 2-4 Melior Place, SE1 3SZ, London from 01.09.18—02.09.18. Presented by XING & Enterprise Projects.