Dazed & Confused’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition
Imagine Kate Moss, Pharrell Williams, David Bowie and Harmony Korine in one room. Over 20 years. This year Dazed & Confused are celebrating 20 years of culture, style and fashion and to mark this pretty impressive moment they are not only publishing a book but also curating an exhibition in Somerset House. With work from Nick Knight, Terry Richardson, and of course, Rankin, the exhibition, as you would expect, is so much more than just photos. The show runs into three rooms, with each representing a decade in the magazine’s history.
Starting at the beginning, the first room recalls the early days of the magazine and displays the attitude that made Dazed & Confused the massive success it is today. A dot-to-dot of Damien Hirst’s face, created by Rankin, a collection of drawings by the Chapman Brothers when they were asked to re-sit their O Level art exam, and a huge Sam Taylor-Wood nude photo are just some of the highlights.
In addition to the main exhibition, there are two extra rooms, specially crafted as a dedication to the memory of Alexander McQueen. The first is dark and chilling affair, with slightly disturbing images of nudity and rotting fruit. The second is a celebration of his passion for making a difference in peoples lives – showcasing a project he did with people with physical disabilities. The clever juxtapositioning of the light and dark that permeated McQueen’s work highlights both the talent and struggle in the man’s life.
20 Years of Dazed & Confused Magazine at Somerset House, 4 November – 29 January 2012.