Blending digital and physical realities, Richard Yasmine’s art installation at Milan Design Week explores the concepts of self and is out of this world! Keep reading to discover how the Lebanese designer explores his singular identity as well as collective individualities through a creative art installation.
The lockdown, and the fact that we weren’t able to see people, together with the fact that most people wear a mask, led the artist to explore this theme, which was showcased at Milan Design Week, via a phygital showcase.
I wanted to present the installation in its monumental form that I had imagined. The current circumstances in Lebanon made it impossible for me to produce a work of such scale, and I didn’t want to compromise or diminish its significance by creating miniatures.Richard Yasmine
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The large-scale, sculptural interpretations of women’s faces, entitle “Il Viso Del Mondo” or “The Face of The World”, in English was described as a digital urban/social art installation, and it highlights a series of women’s faces from various cultures and races, together symbolizing empathy, affection, tenderness, devotion, and understanding. Besides this idea, there’s a bigger message in his art installation. The face becomes a mirror to the onlooker, once it’s made of reflective convex surfaces rendered in high-polished and coated stainless steel.
I wanted everyone to see themselves as this larger-than-life being. I want people to believe in their abilities to transform themselves and their world. It’s not just celebrities or people we deem as important or famous that are worthy of recognition. Each one of us is. A Woman is a gift to the world and a symbol of strength and freedom. Exploring the power of the face and its significance as a window to our emotions came very naturally to me.Richard Yasmine
The virtual art exhibition is guided by a film of Yasmine at work at his Beirut studio. There is an unforgettable contrast between what we know is real and a conceptual installation that could have been.