SMK - Family Stories

GILLIAN WEARING - FAMILY STORIES AT SMK

Gillian Wearing is interested in real life. In her art she gives perfectly ordinary people a voice, examining and documenting the relationships between them. From October 13th, SMK presents an exhibition featuring the Turner Prize-winning artist.

Throughout her career, British artist Gillian Wearing (b. 1963) has been keenly interested in people and in human relationships. In her works she gives perfectly ordinary people a voice – documenting private narratives, examining family constructs and exploring the boundaries between the private and the public.

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She often incorporates herself or members of her family directly in her art, raising questions about how relationships with other people help shape our identity.

The exhibition shows a range of Wearing's works of art created from 1992 to the present day. They mainly consist of photographs and video pieces in which she uses image formats that are commonly seen in everyday life: family photographs, snapshots, TV shows and home videos.

"I just look for situations where there is an element of truth. People can't relate to a made-up fantasy of what a family is; they might aspire to it for themselves. But if they are to view someone else's situation then they want something that is honest," says Gillian Wearing.

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Timothy Han -
The Decay of
the Angel

Timothy Han - The Decay of the Angel

Now Timothy Han is launching the first edition of his third fragrance entitled "The Decay of the Angel" - a unisex fragrance. A rich and exotic burnt floral fragrance with a subtle headiness that comes from desire infused by flowers on the wane. Inpired by Yukio Mishima's 1971 novel of the same name, these are the final longings of a descending angel.

Explore our Timothy Han scents here.

Timothy Han, the creative director behind TH/E, explains:

"This is a take on a rose floral that will divide opinion. By introducing dark undertones of sex and ash to what is often seen as a traditional and safe scent, we are creating a perfume for the outspoken.”

The perfumes are handcrafted and comes in small production runs, assigning each batch an edition number: which makes the perfumes limited. Botanical ingredients vary from year to year due to seasonal influences such as temperature or rainfall. These small variations can alter the fragrance materials. The brand choose to celebrate these variations by allowing customers to easily identify which batch their bottle of perfume came from via an edition number prominently displayed on the box.

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