The Capsule (I) (2012) by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Waliszewska artwork

Artwork: Aleksandra Waliszewska

The Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union which began on 1st January 2014, is one of the most modest presidencies in recent years. With a budget set to €50 million, Greece will spend considerably less than other EU member states taking over the function on a 6-month rotating basis. It is, however, still a hefty sum that, in the current financial and social dire situation, the Greek taxpayer can ill afford.

On a slightly more uplifting note, linked to the Greek Presidency, a series of cultural activities ranging from art and photo exhibitions, concerts, film festivals and performances to events on Greek gastronomy, are taking place in Greece and abroad. Some of these events are happening in Brussels in collaboration with Bozar, under the general title ”Focus on Greece”. It was in this context that I had the pleasure of discovering Athina Rachel Tsangari’s mini masterpiece, 35 highly stylized minutes of technical, visual and aesthetic perfection.



{Appearing here: Ariane Labed//Fashion items: silk plisé headpiece by Sandra Backlund. Gold-plated collar by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Soie savage black “Greek Dress” by Athina Rachel Tsangari & Vassilia Rozana}

Commissioned by art collector Dakis Joannou for the DesteFashionCollection 2012, Athina Rachel Tsangari has created a film and a projection installation inspired by the work of  the young Polish artist Aleksandra Waliszewska.

Each year, the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, commissions artists to select five articles of clothing or accessories created that year. Inspired by their selections, the artists/curators create an original work—the goal is to draw parallels between the actual objects and the artist/curator’s interpretations, which will lead the viewer to a deeper understanding of how fashion can be perceived by the experienced eye.

THE CAPSULE, is the 2012 edition by Athina Rachel Tsangaria Greek Gothic mystery. Athina has curated an haute couture “capsule” selecting works by young, avant-garde designers who boldly challenge the boundaries of fashion as wearable sculpture. An art-meets-fashion piece, par excellence.


Seven young women. A mansion perched on a Cycladic rock – Hydra Island.

A series of lessons on discipline, desire, discovery, and disappearance.

A melancholy, inescapable cycle on the brink of womanhood — infinitely.

Anticipation. Fear. Rage. Boredom. Pleasure. Power. Desire. Thievery. Jealousy.

– The last think I will teach you is to lack.


{Appearing here (from left): Ariane Labed, Clémence Poésy, Evangelia Randou, Sofia Dona, Isolda Dychauk, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Aurora Marion//Fashion items: hair coat by Sandra Backlund. “Pernilla Look 2” sapele wood shoes by Cat Potter.  Black “Greek Dress” by Athina Rachel Tsangari & Vassilia Rozana}




{Appearing here (from left): Isolda Dychauk, Aurora Marion, Clémence Poésy, Ariane Labed, Evangelia Randou, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Sofia Dona//Fashion items: lingerie by Bordelle}


{Appearing here: Ariane Labed//Fashion items: “Playtime” light-sensitive interactive dress (super organza and electronic devices) by Ying Gao. <spanPernilla Look 2” sapele wood shoes by Cat Potter}


 A matriarch dominatrix. Confessions of lost innocence.

– J’ai eu envie de mettre des bris de verre dans les chaussures d’Isolda.

– Έκλεψα δώδεκα αυγά και τα έφαγα όλα.

– Θα ήθελα να φορέσω για λίγο το χρυσό γιακά σου.

– Ich will sie alle töten. Ich möchte hier alleine bleiben mit ihnen.

– Dün gece Sofia’yi ağaca tirmanip duvarin öbür tarafina geçmeye çalişirken gördüm.

– I waited until Clémence fell asleep, and then I touched her knee.

Punishment. Tears of redemption.



{Appearing here (from left): Evangelia Randou & Ariane Labed//Fashion items: hair coat by Sandra Backlund.  Gold-plated collar by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Pernilla Look 2” sapele wood shoes by Cat Potter.  Black “Greek Dress” by Athina Rachel Tsangari Vassilia Rozana}




{Appearing here (from left): Ariane Labed & Clémence Poésy//Fashion items: hair coat by Sandra Backlund. Black “Greek Dress” by Athina Rachel Tsangari & Vassilia Rozana}


{Appearing here (from left): Clémence Poésy & Ariane Labed//Fashion items: “Playtime” light-sensitive interactive dress (super organza and electronic devices) by Ying Gao}



by Aleksandra Waliszewska

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The capsule poster 2The capsule posterPoster design: Ania Goszczyńska / Artwork: Aleksandra Waliszewska

The fashion designers

Sandra Backlund, Bordelle, Ying Gao, Cat Potter, Isabelle Vigier,
Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Athina Rachel Tsangari & Vassilia Rozana

The cast

A distinguished international all-female cast of seven also is participating, including Ariane Labed, winner of the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the 2010 Venice Film Festival for Tsangari’s “Attenberg”, Clémence Poésy, known for her roles in the “Harry Potter” series and Danny Boyle’s “127 hours”, and Isolda Dychauk, the lead in Sokurov’s “Faust”.

Images, credits and story from The Capsule website

All photographs © Despina Spyrou

Viewed on 04 March 2014



21 thoughts on “The Capsule (I) (2012) by Athina Rachel Tsangari

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    • I had seen Clemence Poesy only on ad posters (that’s it, I admit I stopped watching Harry Potter after the 2nd film – my bad, I know…). But thanks to Athina’s brilliant casting I saw a beautiful, darker side of Clemence – fascinating!

    • The catch with this type of projects is the limited distribution, isn’t it.. The best place to look for it is at a festival I guess. I did check whether it’s available on DVD but can’t trace info. Will keep an eye on it.

    • I enjoyed putting together this post as much as I enjoyed watching. A beautiful film with just the right touch of darkness, just perfect! If you are up to some more reading, check out also the links I sent to dievca. xxx

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