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From STREETWARE to Second Hand - The dilemma of clothing

18. November 2021 @ 18:00 - 19:30


STREETWARE X Mivumba: Rose Katusabe | Ruth Faith Nalule | barbara caveng | Regan Ahabwe | Eria Mutawa ©Karen Alecho | Kampala 2021

Join us at 6 pm at the event room at Helene-Nathan Library!

At 'Waschsalon' the 3-G rules apply + Mandatory masks 
Registration at waschsalon@streetware-saved-item.net


In the STREETWARE X MIVUMBA collaboration, the trade of second-hand textiles takes us across continents from Europe to Uganda, where we observe the destruction of local markets and textile industries. We, artists, designers, entrepreneurs and local tailors started to cooperate on site.

Together with our colleagues* from Uganda, the writer Beatrice Lamwaka, the fashion designer Ruth Faith Nalule, the photographer Jim Joël Nyakaana and the social entrepreneur Kisitu Aloysius Musanyusa, we discuss the fabrics into which the suffering of the sewers is woven and which - once stripped and discarded - are piling up in Uganda‘s second-hand markets. Among the four artists present, fashion designer Sydney Nwakanma/ founder and creative director of Emeka Suits and Kenneth Musonda, Managing Director of Humana Second Hand Poland, will take part in the panel moderated by barbara caveng
The event will be held bilingually, d/e.

The collaboration of author Beatrice Lamwaka, fashion designer Ruth Faith Nalule, social entrepreneur Kisitu Aloysius Musanyusa, photographer Jim Joël Nyakaana, experts Eria Mutawa & Rose Katusabe, Reagan Ahabwe and Josephine Nakiyimbam & Ssuubi Design developed in June / July 2021 during barbara caveng's artist-in-residency in Kampala & Mpigi as part of the ifa - Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations' Artist:in Contact programme. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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.

The Vestithek's offer to borrow garments at the Helene-Nathan Library is accompanied by a framework program. Two lectures, a panel discussion and two hands-on workshops will serve as a starting point for an interdisciplinary exploration of the promises of clothing and fashion - the fabric in which we wrap our dreams and which, in excess, becomes a nightmare for people and the planet.


18. November 2021
18:00 - 19:30
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Stadtbibliothek Helene-Nathan Berlin-Neukölln
Karl-Marx Straße 66
Berlin, Berlin 12043 Deutschland
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