|accrochage «Féminité 0.1» septembre - decembre 2011
Franco-Vietnamese artist Nicole Tran Ba Vang was born in 1963. She lives and works in Paris.
Tran Ba Vang is a fashion designer by training. To express herself she uses painting, photography, video and installations. Tran Ba Vang is known for her photographs of bodies dressed in ‘skin clothes’. Since 1999, she has been presenting her pictures as fashion collections, alternating Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. Because of digital manipulation, the models seem to ‘wear’ a naked skin, which can be stretched or unbuttoned. Body and clothes form one strange silhouette.
Tran Ba Vang captures and alters the vocabulary and the structure of fashion images, the same way as Daniele Buetti or Vanessa Beecroft do. Nicole Tran Ba Vang plays with fashion codes she transforms into principles that structure her work, and thus revealing their comic potential as well as making reference to Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Emperor’s new clothes’.