At the centre of a very nostalgic opening night were set/costume designer Yunuen Pérez and cinematographer Sissy M. Reyes, who co-created these robust photographic works . The exhibition presents self portraits of the two Mexican goddesses, in their own right, costumed in rich colorful traditional finery and set against a sometimes distinguishable backdrop of Sydney and Melbourne landscape. Each of the photographs reveal a captivating story through powerful expressions, settings and compositions captured within the split second click of the camera.
Having studied with Yunuen at the VCA and retained a close friendship with her, the exhibition is bittersweet for me on a personal level as it documents, definitely with a Mexican panache, this precious and ethereal time spent in Australia.
Carefully curated by José Antonio González Zarandona, this stunning cross-cultural event has generated much discourse in the past week. The exhibition ends this Saturday, the 18th May, so catch it while you can at Fortyfive downstairs.
Meanwhile, at the opening night, the guests come as brightly decorated as some of these photographs;
Helena Turinski, graphic designer, channels her inner goddess with this gorgeous textured and layered ensemble, finished off with bright red shoes upon stockings of green.
Art student Lee Su Fern highlights her violet handbag with a strong yet muted palette of black and white and silver.
This redheaded Australian Goddess sports a Cerulean biker jacket and accessorises with the quintessential Melbourne black umbrella.
I love the way my friend’s hair falls gloriously down her back and radiates its rhythm through the sun-rays of her skirt. Inadvertent perfection.
Stephanie Kabanyana uses strong shapes and colors to enhance her outfit, while Yunuen’s asymmetrical draped skirt compliments bold color blocking.
A closer look at Stephanie’s home-made poi-inspired earring…
Jorge’s outstanding necklace is composed of colorful trinkets which include a scaled down femur.