It has been over a year since a global sanitary crisis forced us to lock ourselves in our homes, and while many of us have been driven up the very walls we've had to look at for months on end, I would be lying if I said there haven't been some good things to come out of this existential pause the world has been plunged into.
So as much as I wish this was all over, I can't help but be grateful for some of the gems that have come out of this past year. For starters, Berhasm's F/W21 collection "Lock the world down".
Berhasm, as I recently found out, is an Eastern European collective where fashion, modern underground art, and music intersect. Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, the Moscow-based collective use their platform to raise different political, cultural, and social issues through their collections and campaigns.
Their F/W21 campaign is a reflection of the taxing repercussions of the months of isolation, and the ensuing distortion of reality. Without much to do, most of what we could actually do is dream, and at that point in time, going out into town seemed as otherworldly and foreign as outer space.
It was this concept that Berhasm exploited in "Lock the world down". With the models being captured in spaces that we all longed for, such as nature, an airport, or simply the city's streets, alongside alien, martian landscapes, Berhasm succeeds in presenting these mundane locations as analogously out of reach as outer space. Which at the time, really did seem like it.
Therefore, I think it is safe to say that creatively speaking, quarantine was quite a fruitful event. Artists from al sort of disciplines have been granted two things that often go hand in hand with making art: a subject to dwell on, and time to spare. And some, like Berhasm, have definitely made the most of it.