Creole Love Call

“Creole Love Call” is also the title of Jazz legend Duke Ellington’s key work from 1927. It does not solely point out the everlasting desire of the West for the tropical Dream Island, but also stands as momentum in music history in which free improvisation, specifically a melody sung en passant by the singer Adelaide Hall, had opened new paths for the arts. The exhibition is inspired by Vlaschits’ study trip to Mexico and the Caribbean during her fellowship in 2012. The Creole life style, as a fusion of Colonial European, Indian and African culture mixed with today’s American pop culture had served a large influence. For Vlaschits the quest for the self especially manifests especially in the popular projection of the distant tropical island, displayed through basic desires in the vision of a exotic paradise. Within her presentation style principles associated with early modern Exoticism mix with aesthetic strategies of the Avant-Garde, improvisation and Free-Jazz. Along with a series of acrylic paintings the core of the exhibition took place in a staged scene of an exotic island dream world. The DJs Kido Soon and willFling, dressed in lush Sun Rah-inspired costumes, anticipated the arrival of the audience on the shore. Surrounded by driftwood and coconuts, they tuned up the scenery with tropical rhythms and references to recent Jazz history. 

Viertelneun Gallery

Photos: Alexander Nussbaumer