Closing: 20th of November 2011, Galleri KG52 (Stockholm)
“The suit. To suit something. It actually has it origins with the word of sequi. A Latin word for to follow.
How very interesting.” (Elin Eng)
Along with some friends, I was on my way from another exhibition when I got a recommendation from my roommate to check out an opening of a newly graduated textile artist. “It’s good! and they have candy too” was the info I got.
It was really an eye-catching sight, walking down the stairs of KG52 last week. The exhibition opens with multiple heads of mannequins hanging from the air. The space is used wisely, creating a mysterious narrative as the viewer walks into the big room — the factory of suits — were headless mannequins dressed in Eng’s design, hang from a “factory-like” clothing carousel. It is a beautiful collection but still there is something creepy about it. Something more profound; more dramatic.
Walking around the room, looking at the different pieces, it felt like our minds altered. We started finding links and references. Questions, thoughts and discussion arose.
“Look at the shoes!” — “Why is the cage open?” — “Oh it doesn’t have a bottom” — And the suits, why are they black and white vs/ color?” — “us vs/ them?” — “Something that unites us?” — “Or divides us?” — “Controles us?” —”Oh and the headless mannequins!” — “The funnel-shaped “glasses” — “Something that guides our vision?” — Or controls it?
It just kept on and on.
According to the artist, her main aspiration with the exhibition “Suitable Suits. Infatuated by the holy quest of growth”, is to create a debate, as she tickles the thoughts and discussion of different patterns of behavior. Questions are raised of “…how we consume and produce fashion and how it relates to our power structures and actions within them”, says Elin Eng.
Among us friends, there were questions, suggestions, thoughts and different opinions when walking throughout the gallery.
To us, Elin Eng had succeeded.
Photographs by Konsthopp
In spring 2011 , Elin Eng graduated with a degree in Fashion design from Textilhögskolan in Borås. Her degree collection “Infatuated by the holy quest of growth” has been a great success as Elin has been given two grants as well as being the winner of this year’s Show Up Fashion Award — Sweden’s most creative fashion competition.
Artist: Elin Eng
Date: 10th – 20th of November 2011
Place: Galleri KG52, Kammakaregatan 52, Stockholm
Opening hours: Wednesday, 12.00 – 18.00 ; Thursday, 12.00 – 20.00 ; Friday – Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00