Arabesque headpieces, animal-inspired war masks, grandiose and elaborate armors. Photographic series “Armures” by Marie Rime presents a troop of highly decorated warriors. But behind every detail lie the most ordinary materials, which you can easily find in your own home.
Look closely and you'll see “Armures” is composed of most anything: toothpicks, straws, pins, sandpaper. Even a badminton birdie can be found on the costumes by French designer Marie Rime, who with this work and series "Pharma" won the people's choice award at Hyères Festival 2014.
Marie, a graduate of Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), takes her cue from the theatrical aspect - often borderline ridiculous - of military decorations and uniforms. Her reinterpretation offers a reflection on the relationship between power, war and ornament. In her compositions women lose their identity and merely become props for the pieces. Each assemblage, with its intricate trail of meanings, is the true protagonist.
Photos via marierime.ch