Pascalau employs a vocabulary coined from different visual traditions: baroque medical wax models, such as the “Anatomical Venus”, the religious practice of the jewel-encrusted relics, but also examples of fashion iconography and fetishism. She moves between past and present to establish connections between historical motifs and contemporary memes defining the visual culture of today. Cioran, on the other hand, focuses mainly on recent practices which emerged as a result of the rise of digital and social media, exploring phenomena such as the selfie, online avatars and body trends across a number of platforms.
The works in the exhibition encompass a wide variety of media, ranging from photography, sculpture, drawing, Installation and VR. Representations of fragmentary female bodies either serve as construction elements for an exemplary female body architecture, or stand as emaciated remnants of vulnerable, transitory bodies.
“I looked my best tonight” deals also with the influence of social media on identity formation, the relationship between mask and the self, and between pleasure and pathology in connection with certain forms of beauty fetishism and contemporary fashion.