Artists:
Ľubomíra Abrahámová, Alexandra Anušev Borsíková, Patrik Illo, Peter Kalmus, Kassaboys, Otis Laubert, Štefan Papčo, Martin Piaček, Karol Pichler, Dorota Sadovská, Viliam Slaminka, Nina Šošková, Emöke Vargová, Vlasta Žáková

Curator: Omar Mirza

Opening:
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Duration:
14. 11. 2014 – 25. 1. 2015

Venue:
Representative Halls
Župné námestie 3
Nitra
Exhibition opening:

           

Haute Couture

The exhibition introduces its visitors to Slovak contemporary art using a topic that everyone can relate to. Diverse creative approaches of the artists offer a completely different perspective on fashion, on what we wear and what we want to express by doing so – simply, on who we are.

The old adage goes that ‘it’s the clothes that make the man’. Irrelevant of gender however, it’s people who make the clothes. Apart from protecting the human body, clothing also represents a personal sense of taste and style, expresses our individuality, social status, gender. Sometimes the type of clothing we wear is the distinguishing factor of our profession or social groups we might belong to be they political, religious or otherwise. It is also important to acknowledge the story behind our clothes and the conditions in which they are produced. Standards of clothing and ways of dressing have differed considerably throughout various periods of history dependent upon the societies and culture that was present, which lead – and still leads in the modern world – to a superficial judgment of people on the basis of their appearance.

“Haute couture” (French for “high sewing” or “high fashion “) is an internationally used term referring to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing, constructed by hand, made from high quality and expensive fabric, and sewn with extreme attention to detail. As the title suggests, at the exhibition you will find a selection of the most elegant concepts, pieces handmade to measure by some of the master tailors of contemporary art – Slovak artists from all generations and a diverse set of creative programs. In their works, they respond to the various phenomena of society and everyday life as well as the unusual situations people and places bring about. The artists dedicate themselves to various professions and social groups; they unveil topics related to the human body and reflect diverse forms of taste and style while exploring personal and national history from a new point of view. They create a new reality, while manipulating the existing one.

The exhibition introduces its visitors to Slovak contemporary art using a topic that everyone can relate to. Diverse creative approaches of the artists offer a completely different perspective on fashion, on what we wear and what we want to express by doing so – simply, on who we are.

The exhibition is accompanied by a Slovak-English catalog in the style of a fancy fashion magazine.


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