"SOMEONE ELSE'S SILK" is an art performance by Prerna Chainani Monsen, photographed by Margot Errante, that brings together vintage kimono and portraiture. Sitters were asked to chose a kimono from Prerna's collection of Taishō to mid-Shōwa era pieces (1912-1960s). Based on their selection, the sitter was transformed by hair and makeup - unable to see themselves in a mirror until the metamorphosis was complete and the kimono sash tied. They were then taken into the shooting room where Prerna revealed to them the story of the previous owner of the garment. She then leaves for Margot to take the portrait. Once the prints were ready, a final performance was given: Prerna theatrically unveiling to sitters their own portrait.
A PROJECT ABOUT EMPATHY AND GOING BEYOND THE SELF, CAPTURED IN A SERIES OF PORTRAITS.
Available as Giclée prints
Hahnemule Museum Etching, 350gsm, 100% cotton
70 x 50cm Edition of 10 + 3 AP
All prints come with a Certificate of Authenticity
+ Kimono Historical Notes & Story
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All images © Margot Errante