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The work of twice-crowned British Designer of the Year Hussein Chalayan will be exhibited next month at a solo show at London’s Lisson Gallery. More than just an exhibit of his theatrical and innovative fashion design, the exhibition will feature a multi-discipline installation, which will include audio, film and sculpture.

Hussein Chalayan, I Am Sad Leyla ( Üzgünüm Leyla), 2010, performed by Sertab Erener, film still. Image courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery

For the exhibition, which is called I am Sad Leyla, Chalayan has explored how music is layered and has created a disembodied experience of traditional Turkish folk music by Turkish singer  Sertab Erener and an Ottoman orchestra.

Hussein Chalayan, I Am Sad Leyla ( Üzgünüm Leyla), 2010, performed by Sertab Erener, film still. Image courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery

It will be a very different exhibition from Chalayan’s 2009 retrospective at the Design Museum, which focused more on Chalayan’s innovative offerings to the fashion world and the inspiration behind those works, but should prove a interesting opportunity to see another side of this respected designer.   

Chalayan says, ’My approach has always been interdisciplinary – the new work is an extension of this. There is a certain freedom to working in an art context that has allowed me to further explore the ideas that underpin my work.’

Hussein Chalayan, I Am Sad Leyla ( Üzgünüm Leyla), 2010, performed by Sertab Erener, film still. Image courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery

I Am Sad Leyla (Üzgünüm Leyla) runs from 8 September to 2 October 2010 at Lisson Gallery, 29 Bell Street, London NW1.

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