Treading the line between dream-state and reality, the American photographer and A#21 contributor’s solo exhibition in New York is an ethereal exploration of our earthly existence, contemplating the duality between mother nature and human nature.
A#2 Magazine Curated By Yohji Yamamoto
In Memory of Irène Silvagni
Photography by Ferdinando Scianna
The below recount appeared inside A#2 curated by Yohji Yamamoto (2005).
‘A black velvet hat’ by Irène Silvagni
It was a dark and rainy January day in Paris during the Men’s Fashion shows.
I was invited to Comme des Garçons and decided to shadow my face by wearing a black velvet hat.
I was sitting near to my dear friend ‘little big man’ Azzedine Alaia and we started to laugh and chat while waiting for the show to begin.
I sensed that someone was taking the seat to my left, it was Yohji Yamamoto!
He said very softly, bending towards me, almost under my hat,
“What are you doing these days?”
I said, “I am taking time for myself”.
He said, “You have a beautiful hat”. I said, “Thank you very much”
The day after, I was invited for tea in the Marais.
He said, “I have the feeling my language is not understood” I said, “I understand you”
He said, “I wanted to ask you to be my translation”.
A few months after, I said “Yes”.
I preciously kept my black velvet hat!
The A#23 curator stormed Brooklyn this season, staging the Marni Spring Summer 2023 show under the Manhattan Bridge. His embrace of unconventionality and childlike curiosity tapped into the storied bohemian past of New York, a very Marni vision of hippie modernism, and the paintings of A#23 contributor Flaminia Veronesi.
A showcase of paintings by the Spanish artist and text by Italian photo editor Chiara Bardelli Nonino featured in A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso.