The Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival is held every Spring at the VillaNoailles-a landmark cubist villa built in the 1920's by Mallet-Stevens in the South of France.
The aim of the festival has always been to give exciting young talent the much-needed opportunity to get industry support and contacts, press coverage, and it was the Hyères Festival that revealed to the world talents such as Viktor&Rolf, Xuly Bët, Sølve Sunsbø, Felipe Oliveira Baptista (Lacoste), Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Cedric Buchet and many many more. Designers that have taken part in the festival as members of the jury include Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Sui, Phillip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan, Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons, the list goes on and on.
The competition showcases 10 fashion designers and 10 photographers selected by a jury of professionals in each field and is open to any student, photographer or artist using the photographic medium on a regular basis.
Temples, Mosques and chuches have been, since old times, traditionally white. The Greeks were the first to use white stones in their constructions. The white colour was chosen for its purity symbolism and is know also associated amongst others with religious and civic virtue. The Romans, during the Renaissance - and particularly in the Neoclassic style (18th-19th century) - were the ones who brought back white stones for government buildings and churches.
Edited by Mélanie Rouge
Mixed media artist Anila Quayyan Agha's latest installation entitled ‘Intersections’ is a large, intricately-carved wooden cube illuminated from within. A play on light and shadows, beautiful geometric patterns are projected onto the walls, covering every square inch of the gallery room.
Agha, who was born and raised in Pakistan, says that the patterns on the wooden panels emulate the patterns found found at Alhambra, a palace and fortress in southern Spain that traded hands many times between the Spanish and the Moors. She characterized the Alhambra as a place “at the intersection of history, culture and art and [...] a place where Islamic and Western discourses met and co-existed in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference.”
HELENE LUNDBYE PETERSEN
Helene Lundbye Petersen (1980) is a curator, writer and artist based in New York and Copenhagen. She holds an MA in Art History and Communication and has worked in art institutions such as Sparwasser HQ, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and in Studio Olafur Eliasson as Studio Manager, Denmark (20082011). Furthermore, Helene Lundbye has curated exhibitions at White Box, N.Y. and City States, Liverpool Biennial, 2012 and she has written and edited books such as Yvette Brackman: Systems & Scenarios, published by JRP|Ringier. In 2011 she wrote her first Handwritten work, White, which was published in 2012 as The White Book. The book urges us to rethink our perspectives on human culture and what we want the world to be. In 2012 she founded WhitePageProject consisting of her own books, that includes seven handwritten books so far and a series of Performance Lectures that unfold her visions of The White Book.Read More
ARE FOR WHISPERING
With stunning views of Casablanca’s harbor and the Hassan II mosque, Le Royal Mansour Méridien is set in the heart of the economic capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. Once a French colonial centre, Casablanca was a strategic port during World War II and continues to be an area rich in art, history, and culture. Some of Casablanca’s best sites are in close proximity to the hotel, including the Place des Nations Unies, New Medina, the winding streets of the Old Medina, and the Central Market.Read More
Vogue, January 1965