Between the consumption of hair, doggies donning suits, and the overall whimsicality of the piece, we certainly had a couple questions for these ladies.
Watch the collaboration below, and read on to find out what Abney and Chang had to say about their artistic synergy, the point where fashion and performance intersect, and how we resemble our pets.
Fashion is a realm historically linked to notions of beauty, composure, grace etc. The second scene of your piece (the consumption of the hair) is profoundly unsettling. What was the intention, if any, of that inclusion, especially so early on?
SC—I don’t think of fashion in that way. I see it as the subconscious, a subversion of order, and a means to cover/uncover identity. All of my collaborations with Sarah have involved hair. We had recently finished a piece for MoMA PS1 on the hair trade, and there was more left to be said, mainly regarding the paradox of hair as parasite: it is estranged (grows outwards) yet is dependent on the skin for its life (new life, if speaking of wigs and extensions). The cycle of relinquishing/distributing/consuming hair as crop in this scene is to demonstrate the contradictions involved in the consumption of labor.
What are some of the aesthetic qualities unique to Thom Browne that you tried to encapsulate within the content of your video?
SA—The video, like art works in general, is not to be taken literally, but is open to interpretation. It does not not have one specific meaning, but seeks to stimulate a creative response in the viewer. Thom Browne is an artist and designer who often takes the familiar, such as a style or garment, and re-interprets it. His creations, like my videos, can be wildly whimsical to generate a fresh response.