Larger Than Life Inflatable Space Suit Houses Fashion Show

Larger Than Life Inflatable Space Suit Houses Fashion Show

Artists create an installation showcasing fantasies of the future and fashion inspired by the Soviet space program and Eastern science fiction.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 23 april 2013

Artists Joanna Malinowska and Christian Tomaszewski, both Polish-born artists based in New York, have created a large installation in the form of a space suit, which is a replica of the garment worn by the first woman in space, the Russian astronaut Valentina Tereshkova.

The installation is called Mother Earth Sister Moon and it houses a fashion and design showcase featuring pieces that present an exploratory storyboard of how the future was imagined during the Communist regime of the former Soviet Union. The fashion and design showcase also reflects inspiration from the Soviet space program and science fiction films and literature of the period.

The giant space suit replica is a tribute to the Hon-en Katedral (“She-a-Cathedral”) sculpture, an enormous female figure built by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely revealed in 1966. Visitors are able to walk inside the space suit and watch a fashion show featuring designs inspired by the space program and Eastern European science fiction.

The installation is currently housed at the Zacheta – National Gallery of Art. The presentation at the gallery includes an exhibition featuring sets of film and culture magazines that were published in Poland following the fall of the Eastern Bloc. The installation also includes industrial fans blowing random pieces of trash around the gallery.

Mother Earth Sister Moon will be on exhibit at the gallery until the 19th of May.


Zacheta – National Gallery of Art


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