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KALEIDOSCOPE x
TELFAR

The creative liaison between KALEIDOSCOPE and avant-garde fashion brand TELFAR resulted into a multi-platform project, activated both in print and live through an exhibition accompanied by an exclusive artist’s book with a limted edition T-shirt, a cover story in Issue 32 Spring/Summer 2018, and a launch party at Hotel Americano in New York.

Launching his eponymous line in 2005 at the age of 18, Liberian-American unisex prodigy Telfar Clemens has developed a strikingly original and democratic design vocabulary.

At Spazio Maiocchi, KALEIDOSCOPE presents TELFAR’s first project in Italy, Nude, a fashion presentation without a single garment, eloquent to the brand’s progressive aesthetics and artistic DNA. The exhibition centers around a 30-feet-tall nude image of the designer by photographer Rob Kulisek surrounded by ten nude and genderless sculptures designed by American artist Frank Benson and manufactured by German state-of-the-art mannequin factory Penther Formes—an updated version of the iconic mannequins presented by TELFAR in the 2016 Berlin Biennale. The show is completed by a short film about Telfar’s apartment building in Queens, New York, by filmmaker Finn MacTaggart; and a musical composition written for clapping by Aaron David Ross in collaboration with artist Ryan Trecartin. TELFAR’s exhibition also takes over the 3x6m billboard in the courtyard of Spazio Maiocchi, and is accompanied by a performance by South-African musical duo FAKA, and an exclusive limited-edition T-shirt.

Contextual to the exhibition Nude, an exclusive artist’s book has been published by KALEIDOSCOPE in a limited run. The book, part of the series of publications produced on the occasion of exhibitions at Spazio Maiocchi, features unpublished images by New York photographer Jason Nocito.

The collaboration between KALEIDOSCOPE and TELFAR expands through a 30+ page photo story by Torso presenting the brand’s FW18 collection, and illustrating their use of mimesis, extreme branding and détournement as tongue-in-cheek strategies for hijacking the mainstream. The cover story is completed with an essay by Matthew Linde and enriched by a photoshoot styled by Avena Gallagher with the creative direction of Babak Radboy.

A launch party co-hosted by KALEIDOSCOPE and TELFAR at Hotel Americano in New York during Frieze Art Fair week also marked the release of a limited edition embossed cover featuring Telfar Clemens by Torso.

TELFAR is a unisex line Est in 2005 in NYC by Telfar Clemens (B.1985, Queens, NY).
Photo credit: Donald Gjoka, Ivan Grianti, Pietro Savorelli.

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