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Antwerp, The Fashion Museum, a new beginning.

2. THE EXHIBITION CONTAINER The minimalist shape of a cube creates the friction between complexity and simplicity; the museum space can create the friction between a boring walk and an emotional heartbeat. The « momentum » creates the heartbeat; the content, the visual impact, the dream and the enlightenment of the moment are impressions to last in the human cycle of life. The suffering behind the painting, the search for power or the humiliation of the wearer has a hidden story in the museum space. Behind a sleeve, a color, a corset, a coat, a world of storytelling is hidden; what we see and what seems monstrous is that which appears for the first time and, consequently, is not yet recognized. Beauty might reveal vanity, sexiness might reveal activism, darkness could mean loneliness. Curators must put greater attention to not only intuitive expressions of aesthetics and ethics, but they have to go deeper in the relationships between the body, the society and the political and economic power of the fashion(able) industry. This industry has a long history that needs a comment on the power of dress; the EXHIBITION container has a lot of stories to tell. 

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“if i could, unless we” A NIGHTWALK

“if I could, unless we”

A Nightwalk through Manifattura Tabacchi

Installation curated by Linda Loppa during Pitti Uomo in Florence:

a conversation with the Pitti Immagine concept bringing the city closer to the new premises of the Manifattura Tabacchi project

Monday June 10, invite only (press preview & guest), from 21:30 to 00:00

Tuesday June 11, Wednesday June 12, Thursday June 13, Friday June 14, from 21:30 to 00:00 Manifattura Tabacchi, Via delle Cascine 33, 50144 Florence

 

“if I could, unless we”

A Nightwalk through Manifattura Tabacchi

curated by Linda Loppa 

a project by Manifattura Tabacchi

exhibition set-up and production by Made in Manifattura Collective

“If I could, unless we” is not an exhibition, Manifattura Tabacchi is not a museum.

Me, we, ours, those are the words we want to share with you. By inviting you to Manifattura Tabacchi we come together in several fashion/art/sound/seeing/looking moments. We embrace time. Conditional sentences are talking about general truths, scientific facts, or things which always happen under certain conditions. (Learn English on-line.) By our conditional talks we can try to find out what spaces are and what fashion could or should be, if. By speaking and looking, we can create emotions to share; if not. Unless we are open minded and we think differently. Thanks to our “imaginary” or “immaginario“ we can invent the future; therefore we don’t look back. We will walk and talk together or alone. We will step in the world of another and dream together. In this walk we will avoid the clichés of fashion; no mannequins, no catwalk, no timeline, no storyboard; we walk. Seven designers/artists are offering to share their vision on fashion and not only, while walking through the untouched raw spaces of Manifattura Tabacchi. Manifattura Tabacchi is the driver to challenge our visions; we can do better, we must. Linda Loppa

Designers/Artists/Researchers:

Bart Hess / Lara Torres / Armando Chant / Moses Hamborg / Bernhard Willhelm / Clemens Thornquist / Senjan Jansen

June is going to be an important month as we are opening up new temporary spaces to the public. As the works proceed at Manifattura Tabacchi, we are able to offer the city an even greater programme of initiatives dedicated to creativity and culture. The exhibition curated by Linda Loppa is part of a project designed for Pitti Uomo: we were immediately taken by the idea of a night walk, which evokes a different, reflective dimension, on the line between fashion and art. It is a route which takes in multidisciplinary installations, all created by an extraordinary group of people who have worked tirelessly to bring life to the different parts of the former factory. We were always interested in contributing to this important event and we hope that we have succeeded in putting on a show that expresses the spirit of experimentation that is such a part of the Manifattura project and its vocation for the contemporary.

Michelangelo Giombini, Manifattura Tabacchi – Head of Product Development, May 2019

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STATE OF FASHION 2017

The first edition of State of Fashion opens on 1 June 2018 under the title Searching for the New Luxury, curated by José Teunissen

Searching for the New Luxury explores new definitions of luxury in response to urgent environmental and social issues: less waste and pollution, more equality, welfare and inclusiveness. It explores new (bio)technologies, digital platforms and creative processes that fundamentally rethink traditional notions of luxury and, in so doing, contribute to a sustainable future for the industry.

state of fashion 2018 | searching for the new luxury collects current groundbreaking research and initiates experimental interdisciplinary collaborations that will start in 2018 and continue thereafter. The opening week is from 1 – 10 June 2018. The search for the ‘new luxury’ starts now. Join us!

WWW.STATEOFFASHION.ORG

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