ATOPOS CVC invites Francesca Granata, one of the authors of ATOPOS’ new edition titled NOT A TOY. Fashioning Radical Characters (Edited by Vassilis Zidianakis-ATOPOS CVC. Published by Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin 2011), to guide us through the exhibition ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion, οn Friday July 8th at Benaki Museum.
The publication examines the growing influence of Character design in fashion and art through the work of 90 established and upcoming designers and artists, also the subject of the exhibition ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion. In the publication, Francesca Granata approaches this phenomenon with an essay on the grotesque in contemporary fashion, examining the growing influence of the culture of contemporary art has on today’s designers, a culture that catalyzes physical and creative boundaries and creates grotesque and hybrid images. During her guided tour of the exhibition, Francesca Granata will examine the theme of the grotesque body and its interpretation in fashion, using the exhibits as examples.
Fransesca Granata recently completed her Ph.D. at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts in London, with a focus on experimental fashion, performance and gender studies. She has previously worked as a lecturer in the visual arts department at Goldsmiths, University of London and as a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute. She currently lectures at New York University and Parsons, as well as working as an independent curator. She is also the editor of Fashion Projects: A Journal on Art, Fashion and Visual Culture.