by John Russel Jones

To celebrate the seven finalists of the 2022 International Woolmark Prize, English singer and songwriter FKA twigs directs and stars in “Playscape,” a short film celebrating the art of play. The film — directed by the artist and creative directed by Zak Group with choreography by Juliano Nunes — presents the final International Woolmark Prize collection looks from Ahluwalia, EGONLAB, Jordan Dalah, MMUSOMAXWELL, Peter Do, RUI, and Saul Nash. The International Woolmark Prize winners will be announced during a live event in London on April 26th, 2022. The competition is centered around the theme of play as a mode of creative exploration. “Playscape” encompasses a film, an immersive showroom, and a special partnership with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. 

The film was inspired by Noguchi’s vision of play as a creative catalyst and opens with an empty gallery of Noguchi’s play sculptures, which becomes populated by a diverse ensemble cast of characters. In the second part of the film, the cast enters an imaginary landscape, where a ballet sensibility is combined with elements drawn from hip-hop, modernism, contemporary dance, and punk aesthetics. Guest appearances by iconic creatives, activist and model Kai-Isaiah Jamal, DJ and dancer Kiddy Smile along with DJ and artist Princess Julia complement the unique silhouettes and mood of each designers’ collections. Dancers include Ève-Marie Dalcourt, Tania Dimbelolo, Dmitri Gruzdev, Meshach Henry, Salome Pressac, Hannah Raynor, Maycie-Ann St- Louis, and Alex Thirkle.