During the State of Fashion Biennale 2024 | Ties that Bind, the following short films will be shown in Room 2 in Rembrandt Theatre.

Maeve Brennan, The Embroiderers, 2016

Maeve Brennan, The Embroiderers, 2016, video, 23’04

Embroidery is an ancient tradition in Palestine, and its most important cultural heritage. This film explores the cultural, political and personal value of Palestinian embroidery as a practice in the present, through the voices of women who embroider today in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.

Rusha Bose, Ms Takahi’s Kimono, 2021

Rusha Bose, Ms Takahi’s Kimono, 2021, video, 2’52
This short film offers a window into the politics of clothing, from the perspective of artist and clothes maker Kallol Datta. At its heart is a kimono donated to Datta while he was working with historical Japanese clothing. It reflects the way all clothing contains memory, and signals community.

Nest Collective, Return to Sender – Delivery Details, 2022

Nest Collective, Return to Sender – Delivery Details, 2022, video, 17’25
The Global North dumps millions of tonnes of used clothing and textiles in Africa every year, in a process known as waste colonialism. Return to Sender – Delivery Details explores the complex impact of this in the context of Kenya, bringing together diverse perspectives.

Aline Motte, Se o mar tivesse varandas [If the sea had balconies], 2017

Aline Motte, Se o mar tivesse varandas [If the sea had balconies], 2017, video, 9’11
In this poetic film Motta prints portraits of her ancestors on fabric, and bathes them in water. Metaphorically bridging the space between Brazil and the Atlantic ocean, the water becomes a vehicle for familial story-telling, and a site for renewal and ritual.