ANNA-SOPHIE BERGER AND TEAK RAMOS
You can have my brain
Opening and artists in conversation 28 September, 6 pm – 9 pm
With You can have my brain the REHEARSAL section of MACRO hosts Anna-Sophie Berger (Vienna, 1989) and Teak Ramos’ (Ohio, 1992) first artistic collaboration. The exhibition presents a body of work conceived and made from a jointly built archive on the subject of fashion at-large, which the two artists investigate from a social and historical perspective, whilst also delving into the realm of technical garment construction. The work takes shape in the form of a series of looks which stem from the archive built by Berger and Ramos: images, text and theory on the subjects of everyday material culture and fashion, with a somewhat serendipitous focus on the early modern era (Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries).
The looks, which are worn by ten chrome mannequins, are composed from garments made of various fabrics applied with black and white A4 print-outs sourced from the archive. Some garments focus on single historical or theoretical case studies and others take a more composite approach to the socio-cultural ramifications of bodily adornment, and its conceptualization and interpretation over time. The garments themselves draw their composition from Western fashion’s canonic repertoire (jackets, pants, skirts, dresses, aprons) and reflect an attempt to skew specific period definitions. At once visual and textual, the styled looks in the show are conceived as a single artwork, comprising both subject and object, accompanied by architectural units, as well as a video and photographs.
On the occasion of the opening, September 28 at 6:00 p.m., the artists will engage in an informal conversation involving the themes of the exhibition You can have my brain. The talk will take place on the Auditorium roof.
The exhibition is supported by Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport, Austria.