Drape uses vintage pin-up photographs as its source material. These photographs, probably mostly from the 1950s and 60s, depict women that are posed in interior (semi-) domestic sets in front of curtains or drapes.
After scanning these pin-up photographs, the curtains or drapes were digitally extended in order to partially obscure the women.
The background (the drapes or curtains) and foreground (the model’s body) are exchanged and
this digital manipulation causes a rupture within the scene. Once the backdrop falls in front of
the model, showing just parts of her body, our voyeuristic desire becomes clearer.
By deflecting and redirecting the viewer’s gaze, our attention is drawn to the rest of the scene that sets the fantasy, yet often remains overlooked.
The square images all derive from original medium format negatives by unknown
photographers; most of the (rectangular) images are derived from the 1960s men’s magazine
Cavalcade (and retain their original size and layout in relation to the magazine page, with blank areas standing in for excised text).
– Adult Material, Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin (DE)
– Abstract Apartment, Deborah House, London (UK)
– Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, public installation programme, Toronto (CA)
– Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (UK)
– London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (UK)
– Dear Dave, Foley Gallery, New York (US)
– Something Beautiful, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (US)
– Decor, Peter Lav Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014
– The Visible - Contemporary Swedish Photography, Artipelag, Sweden, 2014
– Drape and Parts, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014
– Drape, Pobeda Gallery, Moscow
– Drape, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 2013
– Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Hyères, France, 2013
– Drape, Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands , 2013
– Le Prix Découverte des Rencontres d'Arles (Discovery Award), Arles, France, 2012
– AMPS11, Photofusion, London, UK, 2011-12
– Fabricate - Cecilia Bonilla, Slawa Harasymowicz and Eva Stenram, Parlour Gallery, London, UK, 2011
– The London Open 2015. Exhibition Catalogue. Edited by Poppy Bowers and Daniel F. Herrman, Published by Whitechapel Gallery. ISBN 978-0-85488-241-0
– The Visible. Contemporary Swedish Photography. Exhibition catalogue published by Arena and Artipelag, Sweden, in 2014. ISBN 978-91-7843-419-0
– Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, interview with Raphaelle Stopin, published by Archibooks, Paris, France in 2013. ISBN 978-2357332508
– Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012, Actes Sud, Arles, France, 2012. ISBN 978-2-330-00996-0