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Political Haute Couture im Bikini Berlin/ Galerie SLP©Astra Pentaxia
At the Galerie SLP at Bikini Berlin you will find the presentation of a series of large-sized photo prints on cotton and bark cloth, created in collaboration by Ruth Faith Nalule, Eria Mutalwa, Rose Katusabe, Reagan Ahabwe and barbara caveng in a photo shoot in Kampala with photographer Jim Joël Nyakaana. Framed by a patchwork of second-hand clothing, the photographs form the aesthetic space for the presentation of Ruth Faith Nalule‘s and collection of political haute couture at Gallery SLP/ Bikini Berlin, Box No12 visitors are invited to explore the question of how much colonial continuity we wear on our skin and for how long we will continue to destroy the world with fashion.
Ruth Faith Nalule's creations of 'political haute couture' describe the clash of European second-hand clothing exported to Africa and local manufactured fabric and garments: associations and images are connected, colonial continuity is interrupted: The pin-up bunny is no longer grinning from the chest of a T-shirt from Japan, but sits fat on the bottom of a dress that fuses a traditional Kitenge cut with an animal print dressing gown from Victoria's Secret, a lumberjack shirt from Germany and a Nike shirt: 'Blood the Body' lettering cut from a fast-fashion shirt, reminiscent of the Black Live Matters movement as underarm cuffs. Read more
Many thanks for the generous support by ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen..
'The Congress on the Clothes Dump' describes a series of events between September and November 2021 dedicated to an inclusive and participatory philosophizing about the meaning of clothes, their production, distribution and consumption. Invited guests and random attendees dig into textonic layers, search for solutions, question the ethics of the second skin. Clothing protects and adorns. It represents basic aesthetic and existential needs, but its mode of production destroys the environment on a large scale and endangers the physical and psychological well-being of the people who cope with the manufacturing processes in socially intolerable conditions. How could sustainable production and economy look like - this is what we want to explore with people from the global - as well as Berlin - North and South in a multi-perspective way.