Fashion as social energy

At Palazzo Morando, Milan, 14 artists represent clothing a a form of social energy, able to act as catalysts for change encompassing desire, needs, and critical angles on the present.

4.	Kimsooja, <i>Mumbai A Laundry Field</i>, ProductionStill, 2007, courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese
The exhibition “Fashion as social energy” presents at Palazzo Morando the work of fourteen international artists who are particularly sensitive to contemporary transformations in society: Luigi Coppola and Marzia Migliora, Rä di Martino, Mella Jaarsma, Kimsooja, Claudia Losi, Lucy+Jorge Orta, Maria Papadimitriou, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Kateřina Šedá, Nasan Tur, Otto von Busch, Wurmkos and Bassa Sartoria, Andrea Zittel.
Michelangelo Pistoletto, <i>Venere degli Stracci</i>, 1967, cemento, mica e stracci, 150x280x100cm. Courtesy Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
Top: Kimsooja, Mumbai A Laundry Field, Production Still, 2007, courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese. Above: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venere degli Stracci, 1967, cement, mica and rags, 150x280x100cm. Courtesy Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
In these works clothing does not merely represent the possibilities of individual and social identification but stimulates reflections on many current issues such as: mobility and migrancy, ethnic hybridization, the transience of beauty, the fragmentation of communities and relations between individuals, working conditions in a globalised world, the freedom to disengage from all absorbing cycles of consumption, the potential of shared practices.
When interpreted by artists, fashion reveals a world of untold stories, between ethics and aesthetics, activates for new creative and social energy, of forces able to unhinge habits, undermining conventions and generating new visions and possibilities.

May 29 – August 30,2015
Fashion as social energy
curated by Anna Detheridge and Gabi Scardi
promoted by Comune di Milano | Cultura, Servizio Musei Storici
organized by Connecting Cultures
under the patronage of Camera Nazionale della Moda
in partnership with Ermenegildo Zegna
Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine
via Sant’Andrea 6, Milano

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