Ghosts Don’t Walk in Straight Lines. A project by Saskia de Brauw and Vincent van de Wijngaard

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Saskia de Brauw walked along Manhattan’s North South axis, from 225th Street and Broadway all the way down to Battery Park. The route – as much as possible – ignored the New York grid system. The walk was completed in one full day. This really slow walk – juxtaposed to a city that is in many ways very high speed – has been documented as well as the stories were found along this route. The film follows the walker on this journey crossing the city, capturing the encounters made during the walk both visually and on audio. The garment Saskia is wearing is by fashion designer Haider Ackermann. Ackermann chose to use leftover pieces of textile. With these leftovers a large patchwork was created resembling the structure of New York city. The garment reflects the idea of the passing of time. It is the cloth of a traveler who is on her way and bears traces of this long journey. I think it’s a true go see and puts the city, the designer dress and the walker in different perspective. A go see at Foam.

Saskia de Brauw (1981) was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and began her career in modeling at a young age. Her decision to go to art school brought about a hiatus from the world of fashion, and during the decade-long interim she developed work that incorporated elements of photography and performance art, as well as text and graphics. De Brauw attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam where she studied photography and textile design. In 2010 she decided to revisit her work as a fashion model, initially out of a desire to nance her artistic endeavors. Within a few months she had landed multiple fashion magazine covers – not least of which was Carine Roitfeld’s last edition of Paris Vogue – and was working with esteemed photographers including Paolo Roversi, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, Steven Meisel and Karl Lagerfeld. In 2016 she self-published her first book ‘The Accidental Fold’ in collaboration with designer Erik Haberfeld.

Vincent van de Wijngaard’s (1967) work is characterized by a de treatment of color and investigative style, giving rise to imagery of crisp detail and profound allure. Following an early interest in music and graphic design, he studied photography at the Royal Academy in the Hague. His projects have since taken him to more than seventy countries, fostering an appreciation and familiarity with diverse cultures that lends a unique international perspective to his work. Van de Wijngaard’s command of narrative and comfort working in alternately stark and elaborate locations has led to assignments for Vogue UK, Interview, Another Magazine, Dior and Phillip Lim. His photographs and films have been collected and exhibited by museums and galleries worldwide. Van de Wijngaard’s feature length film, ‘There is No Blue without Yellow and Orange’, which charted the living and working environments of the painter, Vincent van Gogh, premiered at the National Art Center in Tokyo in 2010.

A go see exhibition at FOAM

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