First comes from Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof. Artist as in WHAT you may ask? Well that’s a little complicated, and it’s also what defines her. The “medium” is always the starting point for Anouk’s projects which also rely on an interaction with the surroundings or people involved. While the photos fail in comparison to the experience, look first and then I’ll explain.
Anouk’s exhibition, titled “I’ve taken too many photos/ I’ve never taken a photo” was set in the historic Tour des Templiers in Hyères old city center. The location was also utilized for an impressive photography exhibit when I attended the festival in 2010. This time around, upon entering, all guests were given a square mirror plate, which was used to view the many photographs suspended from above without looking up. The photos themselves, in an assortment of sizes, featured a variety of subjects captured over 10 years from portraits to landscapes to objects. There was no particular order to view the exhibit and each “viewing” of the photos varied depending on positioning of your own mirror. Holding the mirror from your chest and then drawing it up to your face gave a feeling of movement, almost like inverting the ceiling and floor and causing momentarily confusion.. an amazing experience that was truly original!
The next subject requires no introduction.. Mr. Yohji Yamamoto, who served as this year’s president of the fashion jury during the festival. As always, the president of the jury features an exhibit set in the villa Noailles pool room.
Displays were set up inside the empty glass-enclosed pool which viewers walked upon. Set in a luminous room, florescent lights and shadows made it difficult to see the exquisite tailoring and craftsmanship of the all-black collection, while the setting seemed to suit Yamamoto quite well – perhaps by appealing to his broad fan base. Throughout the festival, the designer was spotted at the fashion shows, in conferences and in the final photo above, at a book signing of his autobiography My Dear Bomb, which now resides on my coffee table.