10 mei 2023 20.00 uur

SAVED #4: baby reni (Irene Ha)

Lezing en artist talk

Dit is een Engelstalig evenement.

How do young designers find their inspiration online? How has their favourite meme inspired their latest work? To what image can they always return when they are stuck in a creative rut? In short: What can their ‘Saved’ folder tell us about them as a creative?

Image Sofie Flinth

For this edition we are excited to have Irene Ha as guest. Operating as @baby._.reni, she grapples with the unresolved contradictions of the contemporary era while challenging the accepted standards in the modern fashion system. An embarrassing moment can become a luxury item: a glass nose ring resembling a snot bubble. Acetone printed hoodies become wearable memories. A bedsheet that says “sleeps well for once” wishes you a good night’s rest. Her work needs to be accessible by anyone with or without certain knowledge. baby reni therefore can be seen as a strategic deployment of “cuteness” as an aesthetic category, where power lies in unthreatening appearances.

Irene graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2020 from the fashion department. Her most recent collection “BLISS” was presented at Diez Gallery and her installation work has been shown at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, X-Museum Beijing and Fotografiska, Berlin.

In the series SAVED we talk with designers about their inspirations, sources and references. The interview is structured as a deep dive through the sources of inspiration that designers have collected over time in their saved folders on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. We will go from memes to music videos, and from movie trailers to random pictures. These will be the starting point for a conversation about their design practice, style and working methods.

20:00-20:30    Walk in with drinks (included)
20:30-21:30    Conversation between Irene Ha and Jim van Geel (Curator Public Programme Young Design)
21:30-22:00    Drinks (included)

Young Design
SAVED is organized as a part of the Young Design programme. This department of the museum develops exhibitions and public programmes for a young and diverse audience. The focus is on young design makers, young design users and contemporary society.