C001 - Decadence 2021/2022
The rapid changes we are facing today regarding our ecosystem as well as fast technological development and a dystopian feel to some popcultural phenomena created a preoccupation with our way of living. Sudden shifts and disruptions in society may enable a hollow feeling and promote a sense of decadence.
During the industrial revolution the word‘s negative aspects being synonymous with decline and degeneration became a political buzzword for conservatives opposing change. It got picked up as a concept in the Belgian movement of Symbolism that saw society drifting towards materialism and loosing its beliefs.
The idea to examine a side of decadence that is less connected to decay but rather to a self assumed excess, a dionysian kind of freedom, was the starting point of this collection.
The following images are from the editorial with photographer Viola Patzig, model Ricarda Kaiser and makeup artist Tamisha Bahr.
Momentary sculptures were put together from the collection pieces. Ricarda's performance documents the fleeting moment of the here and now in the digital age.