A NEW YORK FASHION WEEK EXHIBITION
Select Submissions from CHRISHABANA’s friends and fans, along with original photo content photographed by CHRISHABANA
“IN A WORLD WITH TIGHTENING REINS ON SEXUAL FREEDOM, CHRISHABANA IS DOING HIS PART TO KEEP US FREE AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, FREAKY.”
- ROYTEL MONTERO,PAPER MAGAZINE
CHRISHABANA invited guests to explore their wild side as they ventured through an underground West Village sex club turned cyber playground at the aptly titled “Send Nudes” exhibition . Many surprises awaited visitors once inside the NSFW labyrinth, including installations by visual ad performance artists Vincent Tiley, Peter Clough, and Latex Lucifer. In one room, guests became the star of their own CAM4 sponsored webshow while in another, dating app HUD invited them to get up close and personal marking up live model, Jacopo Olmo. The “climax” of the exhibition was a sculpture designed by CHRISHABANA composed of mannequin parts, sex toys and selfie sticks. Each stick held a phone featuring a gallery of 1000+ nudes submitted by friends and fans of the brand. Visitors made their way around the display and its surrounding shop of CHRISHABANA jewelry and brands including CREEPYYEHA, Walter Van Beirendonck, and Vasta Eros.
The inspiration for the exhibition originated from a common plight facing our current generation: digital censorship. Recent crackdowns on content by social media platforms and even the Chinese government have threatened the future of sexual expression in the digital age. Even CHRISHABANA is not immune to Instagram’s messages prudely wagging a finger at “inappropriate” imagery. In a similar sense, NYFW is another entity that many feel has lost its luster due to a lack of innovation and increased restrictiveness. Staging the event at the beginning of the season was the perfect opportunity to break away from constricting monotony and celebrate the “current obsession with Sex and the Self”. In Chris’ own words “Censorship is a problem and it’s up to us as artists to stop this regression from continuing”.