MOMENTS | Mash-up: Björk Retrospective Opens at MoMA, Take a Look Back at Björk x Photography Duo Inez & Vinoodh
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As you’ve probably heard, the Björk retrospective, which coincides with the release of her ninth studio album, Vulcinara, and spans 20 years of her transformative career in music, art, design, and fashion, will be open to the public at MoMA from March 8th – June 7th. Björk and her crew spent the weekend finishing up the retrospective, and 3D-printed models of Björk invaded MoMA. So in anticipation for the big event, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite Björk collaborations—the iconic images created by photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
The duo has collaborated with Björk on the majority of her albums for the last 16 years and has also shot the shape-shifting artist for a variety of magazines. Of course, some of the best and most memorable images sought the creative powers of renowned graphic designers Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M/M (Paris). The album cover and artwork for Biophilia (2011) is the first to come to mind, its website using an interactive HTML5 constellation designed by M/M Paris.
Another unforgettable image shot by the duo is the collaged Interview (2009) cover that manages to convey the Björk as a singular presence as well as the multiple lenses through which the multi-faceted artist is perceived. Lamsweerde explains to Artsy, “[It] was a new way of looking at her, because the image was not necessarily related to an album or specific project of hers—we saw her less as a character from these different elements pieced together and more as this great beauty…M/M (Paris) re-photographed the image with a prism over her eye and made a giant colored tear coming from that big eye. We saw her more as…this deep, strong, almost operatic presence.”
We could spend hours talking about Björk, so the obvious solution is to simply attend the retrospective. It’ll be on display until June 7th, so be sure to check it out if you’re in NYC.
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You probably aren’t frantically putting together the finishing touches of a 20-year retrospective, but we know you’ve still got a lot going on. The carryall is the urban companion you need to get you from the day-to-day grind to the opening day of Björk’s MoMA retrospective. Since we’re really drawn the to pink, blue and green hues in Björk’s collaged teardrop cover, we’re making this carryall a collage of pink, blue and green neomesh.
[Photo source: Artsy]