Curated by Nick Knight
Showstudio : ‘Today, we launched not one but two punk fashion films by Marianne Maric. The first, Kiss my Ashes,serves almost as a trailer for the main feature Ass to Ashes, which features a remix by Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay of Suicided by producer Busy P. The French contemporary artist’s take on punk revolved around her musing that ‘to be well dressed today is punk’, and contains a reference to the first ‘punk t-shirts’ made by Vivienne Westwood using chicken bones.
Frequently using her friends in her work, Maric puts an emphasis on the importance of the subject. Her punk film offerings star the actor and designer Louis-Marie de Castelbajac as an aristocratic ‘punk pervert’ engrossed in demented acts of destruction and self-adornment. Her choice of participant is also a nod to his fashion designer father Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, whose surrealist and pop-art influenced clothes were a notable part of punk fashion. ‘