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SOUTH 36-32N

Author: Daniel Vázquez & Pol Valero

Section: SHOW

Date: 07.2013

 

Najwa Nimri / So Often

 

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Last June, Cadiz opened its doors to the world of fashion, film and music in celebration of the eighth edition of the South 36-32N Festival. With a focus on cutting edge design and creativity, South 36-32N presented a multi-disciplinary programme combining 5 different means of expression – exhibitions, conferences, workshops, screenings and fashion shows – with over 50 artists from all parts of the country.

There can be little doubt that the South 36-32N festival is one of the few Spanish festivals that are truly committed to upcoming artists.

The festival kicked off with a fashion show by upcoming talents Georgina Santiago and Xavier Arof, who are really making their mark here in Spain. Arof presented a proposal replete with theatricality and romanticism, achieved via combinations of textiles and textures. His collection, which is based on historical documentation of archaeologist James Churchward, surpasses the limits of the imagination, creating a fantasy world constructed around the female silhouette. In contrast, Georgina Santiago’s objective was to transfer the atmosphere of an art gallery into articles of clothing by the use of pure lines, straight cuts and with white as the predominant colour.

Having said that, if one is to talk about consolidated Spanish design, the first names to come to mind are those of María Escoté and Carlos Diez and, as was to be expected, there they were, adding a dash of colour and spontaneity to the festival. Both designers presented their proposals for the upcoming season. María Escoté with a more daring style inspired by the African hinterland, and Carlos Diez, in keeping with his career trajectory, with a more relaxed proposal replete with white and cream tones.

 

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This edition of South also included Fashion Films, with invitees including Raúl Rosillo, who presented his film Veneration, which he created especially for this magazine. Two other artists, Jose Alberto López and Antonia Moreno, presented exhibitions relating to the fashion world from a conceptual perspective. Our favourite was “Private Rooms”, by Antonia Moreno, a photographic exhibition which contemplates the deconstruction and transcendental nature of masculinity.

As with any art and fashion festival, conferences were an integral part, and Roberto Piqueras was given the task of heading the discussion titled “What is the origin of inspiration”. Barcelona’s most innovative designer spoke to us about both his own professional experience and about the behind-the-scene exploits involved in the day-to-day life of a brand name.

There can be little doubt that the South 36-32N festival is one of the few Spanish festivals that are truly committed to upcoming artists and it goes without saying that in the long run these artists are the ones who will be taking over from today’s big names.

 

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Text_ Pol Valero
Photography_ Daniel Vázquez
Music_ Najwa Nimri / So Often

 

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