KIMONO UN-PERFECT is an interactive installation of works by Joanna Bodzek, a Polish born artist and designer living and working in Sweden. KIMONO UN-PERFECT will be a culmination of all Bodzek’s work created for Kimono Reconstruction Project(2009-15), shown in its entirety.
“Within the Kimono Reconstruction, I explore the border between both the familiar and unfamiliar in relation to tradition and ideals of beauty; things we do not recognise through the themes of identity and diversity. I am linking the cultures of West and East through this work, exploring my obsession and fascination with the mystery of the Geisha, specifically her white makeup and her ultimately mesmerising beauty."
Bodzek places this work at the intersection of both figurative and conceptual art, using the language of her own European culture to facilitate her examination of the kimono via social perspective, fairy tales and works of art. Kimono-like garments, video work and photography are used to look at the symbolism of this traditional Japanese dress, which is nowadays deemed difficult to interpret, even for those living within the culture from which it came.
Bodzek’s kimonos from her Kimono Reconstruction Project, are often made from recycled materials like tea towels, tablecloths and other handmade textiles which carry their own narratives corresponding to the stereotyped female role. Her fascination with Japanese culture began with studying the work of Rey Kawakubo during her time at Central Saint Martins, and deepened later while collaborating with the Butoh artists and performers.Exhibition curator, Aleksandra Görlich, is an art historian with a special interest in Japanese art, she is currently working at the Manggha Museum.
"To name the exhibition KIMONO UN-PERFECT i was inspired by words from Shakespeare Sonnet 23:
As an unperfect actor on the stage,
Who with his fear is put besides his part.."
Updated news from the work, preparation of the exhibition and the future documentation will be posted at the website dedicated to the project:
Artist Joanna Bodzek was born in Krakow, Poland.
1984: Moved to Sweden where she worked as an Art Conservator.
1989: Started education in fashion at the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm and worked in fashion under her own label until 1996.
2001: Moved to London to develop her fascination with colour in art and its impact on the human mind and emotions at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, Master of Arts - Design for Textile Futures course.
2006: Returned to Stockholm where she continued working with conceptual projects on subject of colour and design under the umbrella name Chromophilia.
2009 she started working on the Kimono Reconstruction Project. Project was exhibited earlier at the m Museum of Eastern Antiques in Stockholm, among others, and awarded with The Swedish Arts Grants Committiee,Stockholm City Cultural Grant and Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse.