The Limits of Fashion exhibition was the centrepiece of the 11th edition of Krakow Photomonth. The exhibition, focused on critical analysis of the role of clothing, appearance, style and fashion in contemporary Western culture, was the key to understanding the broad definition of fashion adopted for the needs of the whole of that year’s festival program.
The curating team for the exhibition Limits of Fashion (made up of Paweł Szypulski, Iñaki Domingo, Karol Hordziej, Martin Kollár, Wojciech Nowicki and Karolina Sulej) worked on the premise that clothes, and the behaviours and customs that accompany them, can provide a penetrating glimpse into contemporary culture.
At the exhibition, projects were presented devoted to a wide range of subjects – from reflection on individual style, to looking at the patterns of externally imposed models; from private and intimate rituals to using fashion as a tool of enforcement and ensuring social conformism. Presented alongside one another in the gallery were photos, films and videos of artists working in the field of document and creation, as well as photographs from private archives and those belonging to government institutions. Viewers were able to see the works of well-known and widely recongnizable artists such as Zbigniew Libera, Józef Robakowski, Charles Freger and Phyllis Galembo, as well as those of the younger generation. The portraits of famous eccentrics including Leigh Bowery and Divine rubbed shoulders with anonymous archive photos. The program of this remarkable exhibition was enhanced by interactive features to actively involve visitors.