This work is exhibit in the State of Fashion Biennale 2022 | Ways of Caring - Exhibition Fashion as Encounters, under the theme Coexisting Knowledges.
Coexisting Knowledges rethinks formal ways of production and distribution of knowledge. We invite you to question the hegemonic view on western science and start comprehending the multiple and incommensurable ways of knowing. It is an encounter to decentralise education and experiment with educational practices, creating space for diversity and enabling plural worldviews to coexist. There are many ways of understanding, teaching and researching that deserve recognition. Within fashion, clothes carry pieces of information that are not always on the surface. We would like to shed a light on the ways of making threads, colouring, and weaving this fabric of knowledge together.
Wei-Chi Su, Ateliê Vivo and Danayi Madondo met after being selected through an open call to co-create commissioned work specifically for Coexisting knowledges. During the process, they have intensely questioned how to foster autonomy, sensorial experiences and freedom within education through an online co-creation environment.
Using textile waste, raw materials and deconstructed secondhand apparel fused with multi-traditional handcraft skills, the co-creators made an unfinished organic sensory sculpture. The installation diverts from traditional fashion norms, by putting emphasis on environment, community and relationships during the making experience instead on the finished product. The installation reshapes ways of learning and producing by decolonising our senses through reflective solidarity.