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Barbara I Gongini


We are all born in bondage with a cord around our baby body. An umbilical cord that is the lifeline of gestation and that bonds us to our mother in the most intimate way. The separation anxiety we feel throughout life begins here. This is where the human quest for other forms of connections and bonds starts. Trying to re-enact the primal bond of life, we learn about how fetishism endure life. 


Following the success of MoBA13, BARBARA I GONGINI was invited to feature her showpiece creation in Fetishism in Fashion, Fetishism Obsessions in Fashion & Design Exhibition, curated by the world´s leading trend forcaster Lidewij Edelkoort, along with Philip Fimmano and Willen Schenk, will be held at the Trapholt Museum of Modern Art, Applied Art & Design in Kolding, Denmark.  


Lidewij Edelkoort has defined 10 themes which she thinks have a touch of fetishism to them - from nudism to infantilism, spiritualism, shamanism and consumerism. 100 of the most influential designers in the global design scene have contributed with creations corresponding one of the 10 themes.


Trapholt Museum director, Ms. Karen Grøn, says:"Edelkoort focuses on the fact that we increasingly use design as a fetish to link up with an increasingly uncertain world. Much of our desires and obsessions stem from our childhood and are later developed into a fascination for example, lingerie, leather, velour or shoes. We create fetishes by the choices we make, and thus we connect to the world around us."


The exhibition illustrates the fetish-trend with spectacular garments and intriguing design objects collected around the world, exposing an overwhelming creativity of a new generation of experimental designers who in their works lustfully reuse references from nature, religion, anthropology, society and history, thus building a bridge to a future common consciousness. Well-known designers and young, talented stars contribute equally to the exhibition. The exhibition is present between 11th of March, 2015 to the 24th of January, 2016 at Trapholt Museum in Kolding, Denmark.




ImageKarina Jonson