‘Practicing Solidarity’ -- ArtEZ Fashion Professorship
Arnhem 2021-22

We are excited to be part of this research project exploring and developing both critical theories and practices of making, wearing and embodying fashion.
Titled ‘Practicing Solidarity’, the ArtEZ Fashion Professorship invited seven critical fashion practitioners and/or fashion collectives to develop concrete concepts that contribute to a future in which solidarity, empathy, connection, agency, well-being and care are central values. 

Femke de Vries --Sanne Karssenberg -- Andrea Chehade -- Chet Bugter -- Painted Series -- Zinzi de Brouwer -- z o m e r k a m p collective

For Practicing Solidarity, Painted Series will explore solidarity through ‘opening' garments. They will invite a group of young people who have a bond (a class, friends, a band ) to cut a piece from a loved garment. Each cut-out will be exchanged and integrated into a piece of clothing owned by a friend.
A bandage has been designed to join the separate parts. By sharing and exchanging, something new is created for everyone, that is also connected to the other. Not only is the garment ‘opened’, but also the identity of both individual and group – creating new bonds.