International artists/models Ana Kuni and Linnea Frank launched season two of their collaborative exhibition, KuniFrank, at the Orms School of Photography, on Thursday 16 March 2017. The white walls of the spacious fourth-floor venue provided a clean backdrop for the colourful artworks.
VIP guests from iAfrica, Glamour, Art Africa and The Cape Argus were treated to gin sponsored by Wilderer Distillery, music, and beautiful views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.
Besides being free to mingle, attendees were also welcome to participate in a live installation piece project, watch a video of behind-the-scenes KuniFrankmoments on a big screen, and bid in an auction of customised denim jackets.
The special relationship between Ukrainian Kuni and Swedish Frank was first formed on social media. After Kuni noticed Frank on Instagram, the women decided to meet up in person and combine their artistic and photographic talents. The result of this experimental exercise was a successful first season, which took place in February 2016.
The public responded positively to their work; loving the concept of a ‘Creative Sisterhood’, wherein women are encouraged to show support for one another.
Inspired by travels to various remote destinations, Kuni and Frank established the main character of their latest exhibition, Warrior Girl; an untameable force that is both gentle and fierce, representing a blend of nature and art on a deeply spiritual level. One with her changing environment, she is not limited to Earthly laws such as time and space. Instead, she is a symbol of feminine power, reminding women to remain strong in a world that tries to make them feel weak and inferior.
The main body of the KuniFrank season two collection consists of squares that are displayed in groups of four. The purpose of this display suggests that there is a story that extends beyond the physical borders of the frames. It is the task of the viewer to look past the limitations of the squares in order to imagine their own narratives about the Warrior Girl.
Kuni’s style is defined by her use of watercolour, acrylics, spray paint and pigments. In contrast, Frank works with photographs and multiple layers. The artists used materials, including copper and brass, to saturate their work with different colours and textures. These open-minded women believe that incorporating dynamic materials gives life to their art, accepting that change is inevitable, and should, therefore, be embraced without fear of the unknown.