KILL BIIE* Doll never dies 娃娃永远不死

Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté question the evolution and the future of women in today’s societies. Through images that are optimistic, powerful, and symbolic, the duo Akashi-Notté raises the fair sex to a pinnacle considering the Woman as an indispensable element linked to the survival of man.

Using the icon “Barbie doll” and going beyond the doll’s cosmetic aspect, the duo amaze by their dramatic, aesthetic and ferocious approach. For each composition, the artists handcrafted custom clothes for second hand dolls found in street markets. To add symbols of emancipation and resistance, the dolls are « sealed » with Chinese characters. The imprints appeared like tattoos and are an allusion to Phil Akashi's visual signature. Branded like cattle, the Barbie dolls cut loose, provoke and put up a fight.

While some women are still in search of a fundamental  freedom, others take their cause to the point of losing their identity. In a wild society constantly asking for more, Akashi-Notté present the women as  "superwomen". The Woman is the key driving force of our society. Everlasting, the modern Woman is immortal... "Doll never dies."

The result of this work stems from a man/woman confrontation, a dialogue between two pioneering artists but also a very fraternal complicity. Their journeys to the four corners of the world cement this culture shock, Akashi living in Hong Kong and Notté in Brussels. This project has been achieved in Shanghai in 2013 in the Embankment Building (Heritage Architecture) with the technical support of Franc Peret


* « Biie » means « pussy » in Mandarin Chinese

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

DOLLY LAST SUPPER (Pano)

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 8 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL). 
4 sizes: XXL (100x300cm),  XL (75x225cm), L (60x180cm), S (40x120cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

HAPPY DOLLS 1  

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

  

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

FREEDOLL TO SEX (Pano)

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (100x300cm),  XL (75x225cm), L (60x180cm), S (40x120cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

DOLLYRIDER

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

FLYING DOLLS 

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

FREEDOM FOR DOLLS 

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté
HOT & SPICY DOLL 1                                                                                                            HOLY DOLL  

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

AUSTRALOPI DOLL

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

DOLL REVOLUTION

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

DOLLY RAT RACE (Pano)

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).. 
4 sizes: XXL (100x300cm),  XL (75x225cm), L (50x150cm), S (40x120cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

DOLLY VIRGIN SUICIDES

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté
KUNG FU DOLL                                                                                                                      
INNOCENT DOLL 

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

LIFE IS DOLLYFUL 

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Caroline Notté and Phil Akashi

FREEDOLL TO SEX 2

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

DOLL POWER 

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Caroline Notté and Phil Akashi

HOLY DOLL'S BIRTHDAY 

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 

 

KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Phil Akashi and Caroline Notté

DOLL PARTY 

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 



KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES Caroline Notté and Phil Akashi

HAPPY DOLLS 2 

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle with Diasec® – Edition of 5 + 2 AP signed and numbered (3+2 for XXL).
4 sizes: XXL (150x225cm),  XL (115x172,5cm), L (90x135cm), S (50x75cm) - Shanghai 2013.

 

 


 

 

"We chose the Barbie doll as the focal point of our compositions. A true icon of our civilization, the Barbie doll represents a constantly changing symbol of femininity. Through our work we reverse the codes and eliminate prejudices. By suggesting tragedy, humor, an object of consumption and desire, we observe her without judging and present her in strong compositions to confer on her the status of a universal muse."

CAROLINE NOTTÉ

 

 

 

"A man is nothing without the woman because she is the source of energy essential to his happiness, his development and his future. Through this series, we have chosen to represent women as goddesses without complexes, who assume and confront the challenges they face. Whether they are anonymous or well-known stars, they do not leave anyone indifferent. "

PHIL AKASHI

 

 

The official launch of the series KILL BIIE, DOLL NEVER DIES 娃娃永远不死 was held in HONG KONG the 12th of April 2014 in a 2000 Sq. Ft. Loft in the South Island Cultural District. Click here to learn more about it.