DRESS CODE PROJECT
Co-curated by Martina Corgnati and Amel B. Makkawi.
The Dress Code imbedded in clothing includes indications of the person’s gender, income, occupation and social class, political, ethnic and religious affiliation, and attitude towards comfort, fashion, traditions, gender expression, marital status, Sexual availability and sexual orientation, etc.
Clothes convey other social messages including the stating or claiming personal or Cultural identity, the establishing, maintaining, or defying social group norms, and appreciating comfort and functionality.
Looking back historically we can “read” the evolution of a society through the evolution of its attires, its dress codes, in particular that of women. A woman’s attire will tell us something about not only about the climatic environment but more importantly the socio-economic and cultural environment, the value system, the roles and positions people carry in their societies.
The objective of this project is to create a collection of work of art /dresses that reflects the artist’s unique style and his artistic message on the clothing as the reflection of his/her society and critical thoughts on it.
This unique project includes works by some of the most celebrated Contemporary artists of the Middle East and Arab world.
A carefully co-curated exhibition of the works will be unveiled in our newly open space in DIFC, Dubai to begin with before moving to other Regional and International locations.
ARTISTS PARTICIPATING :
Ahmed Al Bahrani
Ghassan Ghaib Ali
Mahmud Al Obaidi
Naiza H Khan
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Zena Assi & Issam Barhouch
(info and pictures provided by Art Sawa)