Curated by fashion designer Jonathan Anderson, Disobedient Bodies responds to and collaborates with Wakefield’s significant collection of modern British art
'There are some designers, like Rei Kawakubo, whose garments operate as sculpture in themselves, as well as being something that can be worn; others, like Christian Dior or Madame Grès, are clearly more rooted in classical languages of fashion, yet their harnessing of material and form is no less revolutionary.'
'I knew that I wanted to include a series of Helmut Lang’s line pieces from his Spring/Summer 2003 collection. Lang is a genius. His tackling of form was always subtle, understated but so precise. When I look at these pieces I immediately think of Giacometti’s sculptures, completely reduced to line.'
'Ceramics have traditionally been separated from the visual arts into the realm of craft, and their association with the domestic sphere is particularly strong. In Disobedient Bodies they sit together in the same room, or on the same page; They probably wouldn't in any other context. Similarly, when you see the incredible body-like forms of Magdalene Odundo's vessels, the work talks directly to the organic lines of a Jean Arp.'
Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield
18 March - 18 June 2017
Special thanks to JW Anderson and his team, 6a architects and OK:RM for the realisation of this project
Exhibition supported by
Grand Central Rail is The Hepworth Wakefield's travel partner
Exhibit created by
The Hepworth Wakefield staff
Special thanks to Iheanyichukwu Onwuegbucha
Photography by Lewis Ronald