Dress Code: Perspectives on Identity and Clothing
Dress Code brings together some forty artists offering unique perspectives on identity and clothing in the world. Clothing is representative of an aspect of identity, it can arouse desire by sublimating the human body, in particular through adornment, but also reveal codes and standards. Dress codes allow integration into society or, conversely, rejection, and emancipation but also demands.
Symbol of globalization, fashion, place of subjectivation and desubjectivation, intervention and alienation, contributes to social and physical emancipation. This evolution questions us on why clothing is still at the heart of the problem of identities. Clothing always tends to be a marker of gender, age, social status, religion, sexual orientation, political opinions, wealth, and subculture. Sometimes adornment, costume, stage or worship dress, the clothes represent singular but also collective identities.
The exhibition, on view at Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, looks at this identity-clothing relationship through, in particular, the Drag Queen of New York, twins in Nigeria, voodoo rituals in Benin and Togo, Zapotec women in Mexico, but also through personal photographic investigations. Between rites and gender markers, the twenty exhibitions propose a questioning of singular but also collective identities and treats clothing as emancipation or claim. Fotohaus offers an amplification of the program with Sein und Schein, being and appearing; just like Fragiles, choral project of Tendance flouue, inhabited by the tremors that cross our time.