Second only to sitting in on the cover shoot for one of ’s
eight full-length albums is chatting with Inez van Lamsweerde—one half of photography duo Inez & Vinoodh
—as she recalls favorite moments from the artists’ 16-year collaboration. Before Björk’s 20-year retrospective opens at New York’s Museum of Modern Art
(MoMA) this Sunday, we go behind the scenes of some of her most iconic images.
“We’ve always said, she’s the only person we know that has a direct line between heaven and earth,” Inez van Lamsweerde says of
, the Icelandic artist whose 20-year retrospective
opens at MoMA this Sunday. For the past 16 years, van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (aka
) have collaborated with Björk on nearly every one of her albums, and a spin through the museum show will reflect that: Look for album covers from Biophilia
(2011) and Vulnicura
or the hairpiece created for Medulla
The three first met in 1999, when Björk asked the photographers to visualize the cover of her compilation Volumen.
“From that moment on, we’ve had this connection that almost doesn’t need any words,” van Lamsweerde says, describing a process that begins with Björk sending over clips of videos, images, and bits of songs for inspiration. Though this exhibition won’t be Bjork’s inaugural appearance at MoMA (last year, her Biophilia
app became the first in the museum’s permanent collection), it will be the first time her work has come together in this volume—tapping two decades and eight full-length albums by way of videos, instruments, songs, costumes, and objects. In anticipation of the retrospective, I spoke with van Lamsweerde about all things Björk, from their first shoot together to January’s cover of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.