Dasha Zhukova is the partner of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.
She he editor in chief of Garage Magazine an biannual magazine and former editor of Pop magazine. She is also designer of Kova and T. She is an art enthusiast and philanthroper.
Dasha and her friend Miroslava Duma are in in hot dumb water for the fact someone in Buro 24/7 website edited by Miroslava Duma thought it would be great idea to use bondaged black woman chair as pop art.
Before you have WTF moment... take a moment and think what art is today. You see most people may see white Russian socialite sitting on bondaged black woman. But the art savvy see an ''Pop Art''. And an offensive piece, but then again some modern artist like to offend. Dasha said in her statement
'' Garage Magazine has a strong track record for promoting diversity and racial and gender equality in the worlds of art and fashion, and will continue our mission to stir positive debate and other issues''
There are so many things that are just offensive about this chair not just race but gender.
It is offensive itself that woman regardless of her colour is nothing more than object of furniture. That itself is an offensive. And it should've bothered both Dasha and Miroslava as women. The chair in question was made by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard described by the New York Times as ''projectile vomiter'' Bjarne showcased his set last year. It pays an homage to British artist Allen Jones's 1969 chair that was part of controversial set.
Bjarne reimagined Allen's four sculptures as black (so original).
In late 60's Allen made three degrading sculptures of women as furniture collection which includes chair,hat stand and table. Allen made other sculptures of women
Kate Moss wearing Bronze Allen Jones sculpture armour