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In London yesterday, amid frenzied G-20 protests, road closures, and Michelle Obama and the Queen hugging (abandoning centuries of protocol—no one touches the Queen), madness was the theme of the day. And it continued into the night as Iekeliene Stange, she of the razor-cut cheekbones and the newly platinum hair, and her BFF, Dutch stylist Victor de Bie, exhibited their work at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury—aptly named, seeing as that in the 1800′s the art studio stabled cabbie’s sick horses. Strains of quasi-disturbing Dutch children’s folk songs, de Bie’s Dalí-esque paintings, Stange’s bleak Polaroids, vacant-looking Dutch dolls, and a disorganized spread of homemade cakes and tea set the oddly hallucinatory scene. The exhibit was called Umfeld, which de Bie explained means “surroundings” in Dutch: “We are trying to show the atmosphere of what it was like for us growing up. It was a surreal life, so it’s perfect that tonight has that chaotic kind of feel—we could not have scripted it better.”
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Iekeliene Stange’s finely sculpted features—which we think evoke the lines of Modigliani or Erté—have the kind of unique beauty that’s often dubbed “intellectual.” Opening today at Berlin’s Projekt Galerie, her new photography show called I Like Ponies, a collection of playfully surreal Polaroid images, is proof that the description isn’t merely skin deep. While some fashion- friendly fields are a natural transition for models who want move past posing, Stange is interested in presenting work with a set of allusions that go beyond the industry and her own distinctive beauty. After years of snapping pics backstage (including for Style.com), Stange’s first show marks her graceful transition from muse to artist. Let’s hope that Impossible b.v., the Netherlands-based company that’s resuscitating Polaroids for fans worldwide, churns out lots of film for her to shoot. Here, Stange talks to Style.com about her secret stash of film, Dutch nursery rhymes, and the state of fashion photography.
Why are you drawn to Polaroids?
There is something quite chaotic about the way Polaroids develop, the way they appear and their flaws. I think their irregularities, along with the dreamy colors and tones, sums up the way I’d like the world to really look.