Predicated on systemic violence and a vulnerable workforce, patterns of imperial and colonial extraction, domination, dehumanization and wealth hoarding between the Global North and the Global South continue to echo across time and space throughout the garment supply chain. Environmental racism and racialized gendered capitalism are designed to flourish without accountability at every level throughout the garment supply chain. This exhibition turns its gaze towards the practices of artists, fashion designers, activists and cultural heritage craft masters who look to the past to re-imagine the future of fashion. Through their practices, they illuminate our deepest knowing, nourish interconnection, collective power, biodiversity, and love toward building a collective practice that turns the wheels of systemic change in Fashion Forward.
We invite you to join us in person for the opening reception on Sept 3, from 7-9 pm. Please read our COVID protocols HERE. You won’t need to pre-register, but we will ask you to download a screening questionnaire on arrival. Since our capacity is limited, there might be a little wait to get in although we don’t anticipate it.
Two accompanying texts were written for this exhibition. Look Back to Move Forward by Kavita Parmar can be read HERE, and Fashion Forward by curator Hitoko Okada can be read HERE.
As part of Fashion Forward, we invite you to engage with the issues raised in the exhibit through these accompanying programs. Click on the programs for more information.
Please join us for a lively Zoom panel discussion, Carceral Labour and Sweatshop Abolition, with Hoda Katebi of Blue Tin Productions, Marissa Nuncio of the Garment Worker Centre and Homework4Health, a garment worker from the Garment Workers Center (TBD), moderated by Minh-Ha T. Pham. Pre-registration is required for this free online event. Please register HERE.
Join artist Meera Sethi in a free artist talk and workshop, Wash ‘n Care, that explores the artist’s three-part, research-based body of work, Unskilled, and a participatory demo of her Wash ‘n Care labels. Pre-registration is required for this free online event (open to anyone, anywhere!). Please register HERE.