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Lisson Gallery

Private Gallery
Lisson Gallery In Conversation: Hussein Chalayan
Hussein Chalayan
Hussein Chalayan
  Lisson Gallery is proud to present a programme of occasional free lunchtime talks, offering a unique opportunity to hear Lisson Gallery artists, other cultural figures and gallery staff discuss art and related topics.

Each talk gives the opportunity to discover first-hand the thoughts, processes and insights behind the artists' work. Each lecture is free but booking is essential as there are a limited number of places available.

The sixth in the series will be a conversation between Hussein Chalayan, Penny Martin, Professor of Fashion Imagery at London College of Fashion and Editor in Chief of The Gentlewoman magazine and Greg Hilty, Lisson's Curatorial Director about works in Chalayan's solo show at Lisson Gallery.

Chalayan says "My approach has always been interdisciplinary; the new work is an extension of this. There is a certain freedom to working in an art context that has allowed me to further explore the ideas that underpin my work".

Chalayan has always been led by ideas, from his degree show at Central Saint Martin's in 1993 to his catwalk presentation with thematic underpinnings, including his powerful meditation on migration in the show Afterwords in 2000, and his visceral recycling of fashion history in Manifest Destiny in 2003.

In his solo show at Lisson Gallery, both the new installation and an accompanying film piece centre on ideas which have continually fascinated the designer including cultural identity and performance as an art form. Chalayan's pioneering approach and restless creativity means that he frequently transcends the boundaries between disciplines and this project is no different, drawing on themes from the fields of art, anthropology, music and design.
In the exhibition Chalayan explores the concept of what constitutes both an art work and a garment while combining his characteristic elements of cultural acuity and performative panache.

The new installation explores music as a cultural form, creating a "disembodied experience" of a performance of a traditional Turkish folk composition by Sertab Erener, one of Turkey's most successful female singers, accompanied by an Ottoman orchestra. The installation is made up of a nuanced combination of audio, film, sculpture and musical notation. Here Hussein examines the experience of music as layered, exploring both the sounds created by different instruments, and the diverse cultural influences on the composition, which include Persian poetry and Greek orthodox chanting.

Hussein Chalayan is one of Britain's best known and most respected designers, and was the recipient of the Designer of the Year awards in 1999 and 2000.

Chalayan represented Turkey in the Venice Biennale in 2005 and presented a critically acclaimed survey at London's Design Museum in spring 2009, which later toured to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and is currently on view at Istanbul Modern.

Hussein Chalayan 'In Conversation' with Penny Martin and Greg Hilty

Friday 17th September
12.30 - 13.30
29 Bell Street, London NW1 5BY

Free admission. Booking is essential.

Professor Penny Martin is a writer and curator of fashion and photography. She is Editor in Chief of The Gentlewoman magazine and Professor of Fashion Imagery at London College of Fashion, before which she was Editor in Chief of from 2001-08. Penny has lectured internationally and curated numerous exhibitions - most recently, 'When You're A Boy: men's fashion styled by Simon Foxton' at The Photographers' Gallery, London. She also co-curated 'SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution' at Somerset House, London in 2009. Penny has contributed to Another, Beaux Arts, Blueprint, Contemporary, Fantastic Man, Frieze, Harper's Bazaar, i-D, Numéro, British Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Japanese Vogue Hommes magazines, La Repubblica and The Independent newspapers and BBC2's The Culture Show.

Hussein Chalayan
I Am Sad Leyla (Üzgünüm Leyla), 2010. Performed by Sertab Erener
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