“Imagine a room where the past, the present and the future are fused together. Room 2013 becomes a metaphor for life where the seemingly opposite exist and thrive together. It contains a whisper, a pause, a limbo, a rebellion, a surrender, a requiem, a desire and more. It’s the stillness in the midst of chaos; it’s the silence in a deafening noise; it’s the Big Bang following which, life began.”
What started out a a way of keeping time and scheduling in appointments has become a vehicle for art. We no longer need to hang calendars on our wall, but that’s exactly what makes them an item of luxury. Splash, the Middle East’s largest fashion retailer, produces an annual calendar that’s more like a series of 12 phenomenal artworks, this year based around the theme Room 2013.
If Orwell’s Room 101 houses your deepest fear, Room 2013 houses the philosophical and ethical questions on the minds of 12 ultra-talented photographers. Each month in the calendar has it’s own room, it’s own story, it’s own visually breathtaking image.
Just one of the stories – that of December – is quoted above. Read them all at Splash’s interactive calendar at that link. You can also find the full set of calendar images at the gallery.