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Aware: Art Fashion Identity exhibition at GSK Contemporary explores how our identities are tied up with the clothes we wear. The exhibition included work by well known artists and designers including Grayson Perry, Maison Martin Margiela, Yoko Ono, Hussein Chalayan, Cindy Sherman and Alexander McQueen.
The art and identity parts of the exhibition were fascinating. Work by artists who use clothes to consider politics, race and religion made for thoughtful viewing, and the garments which blurred the boundaries between clothes and buildings formed one of the most interesting parts of the exhibition.
Some of the most interesting exhibits were videos – Gillian Wearing‘s Sixty Minute Silence featured a group of people dressed in police uniforms posing for a formal photo for 60 minutes. Initially the people are uniform in their behaviour but gradually they begin to fidget and reveal their personalities.
I also enjoyed the photos of Claudia Losi‘s Les Funerailles de la Baleine – a full size stuffed toy whale made from cashmere suiting which was then photographed, toured galleries round the world and deconstructed into garments.
GSK Contemporary – Aware: Art Fashion Identity is on until 30 Jan. Adult £7, child £4, concession from £5. www.royalacademy.org.uk/aware