EXHIBITION: Papier by Bea Szenfeld and Stina Wirsén
07 Mar 2020
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Worn by world artists such as Lady Gaga and Björk, Swedish designer and artist Bea Szenfeld has made international headlines with her spectacular paper couture. Papier displays Szenfeld's handmade paper garments with Stina Wirsén's expressive fashion drawings as a colorful backdrop. The two artists meet in a mutual affection for the analogue handmade process and for the love of paper.
Bea Szenfeld, born 1972 in Poland, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Using scissors, tape, staples, needle and thread, Szenfeld creates pieces that are both bold and delicate at the same time. Some pieces are origami folds, others consist of thousands of individual pieces put together. The craftsmanship together with her daring design language creates works that point both backwards and forward in time. Her garments can be found in art galleries and fashion magazines as well as on Nobel Prize guests, politicians and musicians.
Stina Wirsén, born 1968 in Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Wirsén’s work span a wide range of fields, from fashion drawings to illustrations for the daily press, writing children's books and public art. Her visual world is simple in its elegance while expressive. Stina Wirsén is also a playwriter and a set and costume designer for the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.
Originally exhibited at Lidköping ArtHall and curated by Amanda Österberg.
In collaboration with the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis.