It is common in the history of conquests and colonization that the dominant culture imposes its tradition, religious beliefs and moral values upon the defeated. One of the ways it often materializes is how apparel was imposed by one culture over another. In Africa and in many other regions of the world, the colonizing culture often portrayed the indigenous population in disadvantageous ways to establish their superiority. Coincidently, photographers Fabrice Monteiro and Jim Naughten independently captured how two very different cultures perpetuate and reenact their response to colonization through apparel and costumes.
Group show- August 2013
Fabrice Monteiro - Jim Naughten
Signares and Hereros: power and resistance in costumes
Ongoing show: Bruce Clarke, Battegrounds
Nuit de Noël, Happy Club, 1963
Christmas eve, Happy Club, 1963
A beautiful photograph portraying a brother teaching her sister how to dance. Magical moment.
Emma Cavendish talks to Cyrus Kabiru, the autodidactic Kenyan artist, about his wearable ‘C-Stunners sculptures’. Accompanied by images of the artists wearing his own work, shot by Amunga Eshuchi.
Above: Big Cat, mixed media ‘C-Stunner’ sculpture, 2012.
Created in Seattle, Washington on November 2011, the mission of M.I.A Gallery is to expose North America to amazing work, juxtaposing talented emerging artists with established contemporary artists from around the world.