This is the first solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Alicia Framis at the gallery. ‘Forbidden Collections’ brings together two fashion collections designed and made for women by women. ‘Is My Body Public?’ explores the borders between public and private. The dresses resemble the esthetics of women’s lingerie but are in fact banners for a demonstration. The words 'Is My Body Public?' are embroidered on every dress in fifteen languages, representing women worldwide.
The Life Dress collection is made from high-tech airbag fabric, which is highly resistant to impact and fire. Each dress is made to protect against a different form of sexual or other harassment, and designed to change shape when intimidation occurs. Within this collection, the action is in the dresses itself. Life Dress is connected to Framis’ ‘Anti_dog’ collection, with which she represented the Netherlands in 2003 at the Venice Biennale.
Image credit: Alicia Framis - Is My Body Public, 2018, courtesy of Silvia Varela