Rodney Place: Tasche du Sac with Tasche Leppard
20.09.2011 / 05.11.2011
Tasche du Sac has its origins in Shopping Baroque, a project begun in Austria in 2002.
It was the eve of European re-unification. The two lobes of the European brain, separated after the Second World War, were to be miraculously rejoined by political surgeons in Brussels. The scantily dressed spies could come in from the cold, much to the horror of Western feminists wearing sensible black pant suits.
The West had pronounced a New World Order where consumption would hold the world together in shopping harmony and cyber space would become a second reality much better than the first, still burdened by materiality.
From 7 years old Tasche Leppard – who’s French/Russian origins stretch across the map of Europe – collected pictures of French lingerie in a scrap book. Her body, as if enticed by the scrap book grew into a Diki, Lejaby, Aubade, Lise Charmel ideal. It was a far cry from the malnourished look favoured by couturiers that designed clothes and needed sticks to hang them on.
We decided to re-objectify the classic European nude – the Venus de Milo, Aphrodite – not only as an armless wonder but more as a body that would survive a face. It was a nod to the French horror classic, Les yeux sans visage, where the brilliant plastic surgeon and guilty father “borrows” beautiful young women’s faces to replace his daughter’s, burnt in a car accident in which he was to blame.
In Tasche du Sac Aubadelingerie fleetinglyimprints on Tasche’s body and the only materiality presides in the shopping bag, the accessory of choice in the New World