Fashion is a marriage of many disciplines, blending art, architecture, science and more. Anthony Vaccarello knows this and is leaning into the art side of things of late. Most recently he christened the Saint Laurent flagship in Melbourne with a suite of commissioned artworks from Australian artist Thomas Jeppe. Now to further illustrate this point, the creative director is hosting a string of exhibitions around the globe as part of a series for Saint Laurent entitled Self.
To bring Self into fruition, Vaccarello has set his sights on six key destinations across the globe, namely, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, and Seoul, with a digital activation set to take place in Shanghai. Taking place in unison with one another, the Saint Laurent creative director has also tapped a photographer in each city whose work will be the main focus of the exhibition.
Showing in Paris is the work of Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert, and London's showcase of Self centres on Olivia Arthur. Meanwhile, Daesung Lee has been selected to exhibit in Seoul and Takashi Homma for the exhibition in Tokyo. The rich images of Alex Webb will be on display in Los Angeles and Ji Weiyu and Song Tao, the duo behind Chinese collective Birdhead, are leading the Saint Laurent activation in Shanghai.
By curating a web of artists with their own distinctive tastes and styles, Saint Laurent hopes to capture an original display of self-expression, one grounded above all in a sense of place and culture.
For those who happen to be in London for Self, the exhibition will take place at The Observation Point from June 9–12, 2022.
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Image: by Harry Gruyaert