Embodying the physical confrontations with the psychological conflicts explored in Baldwin’s essay.

Virgil Abloh presents his latest Louis Vuitton collection as a multi-disciplinary artistic performance expressed in poetry, dance and music, and captured between Paris and a village in the Swiss mountains.

Investigating the unconscious biases instilled in our collective psyche by the archaic norms of society, the collection’s presentation is thematically informed by James Baldwin’s seminal 1953 essay “Stranger in the Village.” Through his experiences as an African-American visitor in a Swiss village, Baldwin’s essay serves as a leitmotif for Abloh’s explorations of a familiar present-day experience by reflecting society’s established structure of cultural outsiders vs. insiders.

The set configures and reconfigures the Swiss village through an abstract marble stage that represents the author’s shifting emotions. Featuring an all-star cast of artists, the performance revolves around the figurative notion of the art heist that is the art world’s theft and re-appropriation of foundations of cultural heritage.

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