OBEY ART SPACE: GAIJIN EYES A PROJECT BY VINCENZ GERTOBERENS
Gaijin Eyes is a multidisciplinary project bringing together the crafts of several creatives to present a book, an accompanying movie and a limited 1-of-1 capsule collection in collaboration with Obey Clothing.
The Japanese word Gaijin translates to Foreigner or Outsider, with the exact translation being Alien. The eyes of an outsider show us a different perspective on Japan. A very personal, yet relatable sight. Gaijin Eyes is an introverted experience of an observer, us, witnessing and diving into the unfamiliar surroundings, being influenced by all the fleeting moments of stranger’s lives without directly taking part in it.
Vincenz Gertoberens (born in 1994) has been making a name for himself – not only in Berlin’s fashion and art scene – but also internationally through a network of like-minded creatives from different parts of the world.
Last year he first combined his powers with Obey Clothing by being one of the creatives behind the Obey x Healing Tales collab.
This time Vincenz teamed up with Kiril Nagy (text, design and creative direction – @kirilschocolate), Olivia Waligóra (film editing – @lilemi2_), SMRL (sound design and music – @__smlr), Jonas Wolff (logo design – @jwwwolff) and Janice Esguerra (text editing – @mediumlondonfog).
For the release event of Gaijin Eyes, Berlin’s scene pulled up to witness all three layers of this project. Flipping through the pages of the book, directly diving into the images and literary text, watching the short movie, squeezed together in the gallery space, staring at the lights of Tokyo on the white walls, and browsing through the unique longsleeves while meeting new people and chatting with the creators of this special project. To celebrate together.
For more information about Vinc and his works make sure to follow him on Instagram (@vinckurt).