posted by Studio Phil Akashi on Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The official launch of the photography series KILL BIIE*, DOLL NEVER DIES 娃娃永远不死 was held in Hong Kong in the South Island Cultural District. The exhibition took place in a 2000 Sq. Ft. loft, a former underground nightclub, from the 12th of April till the 11th of May 2014.
Caroline Notté and Phil Akashi 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. To add significance 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". They will always adapt to future challenges because of their 6th sense, their ability to adapt and anticipate. 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.
* « Biie » means « pussy » in Mandarin Chinese.