Phil Akashi and his sister Caroline Notté question the evolution and the future of women in today’s societies. Through images that are powerful, positive 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 aesthetic and ferocious approach. This result in a astonishing message tinged with an incredible emotion.
Akashi-Notté bare the image of women and tease with a series of dramatic scenes combining humor and tragedy. Chinese symbols are tattooed on the dolls to add meaning to their message. Branded like cattle, the Barbie dolls cut loose, provoke and put up a fight.
While some women around the world 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, the woman is forgotten and constantly seeks recognition, perfection and emancipation. But with Akashi-Notté, the woman is a “superwoman” and has no idea there is a crisis. The artists consider women will always adapt to future challenges because they have a 6th sense, the 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 between Hong Kong and Shanghai and Notté in Brussels.
* « Biie » means « pussy » in Mandarin Chinese
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