For the last part of Perspectives on Unions, we focus, together with Zinzi de Brouwer (Studio Palha, Mozambique) and Linda Valkeman (The Or Foundation, Ghana) on the ‘Secondhand Speculation Oracle Deck: Assembling Solidarity through the Act of Storytelling’. An interactive approach to working with a set of oracle cards as a tool to communicate, co-vision and co-play.

Secondhand Speculation Workshop
by Zinzi de Brouwer
Talk by Pauline van Dongen
Sunday 26 May 14:00-16:00 CET
Rembrandt theater, Arnhem
Free admission, registration required at events@stateoffashion.org
Please note, that you need to have a ticket for the Ties that Bind exhibition.

Workshop Secondhand Speculation
Explore important thematics related to Secondhand Futures and Clothing, in which we delve deeper into decolonial frameworks related to the work Zinzi does with Studio Palha and the artisan communities in the province of Inhambane, Mozambique. The workshop offers a playful approach through a set of oracle cards, in which the group will intuitively work with the powerful imagery the cards evoke to create a story about the future, one that is based on disruptive elements to create the a utopian depiction of how we want to counteract social and economic injustices related to clothing, textiles and the people who are behind the making process. Zinzi will guide the participants in this with a playbook, in which provocations are offered to get the radical imagination active.

Secondhand Speculation
Secondhand is often thought of as less than new, but secondhand is also what comes after. Secondhand can be seen as the future life of our materials but also our ideas and dreams.

The workshop invites you to (re)imagine what secondhand means to you in relation to the defashion of the monolithic fashion system and how to collectively build a radicalised future through speculation using the oracle deck Secondhand Speculation. This is a practice of gathering solidarity by disrupting exploitative human rights and environmental practices, by not necessarily providing answers or solutions, but rather asking the right questions and moving toward the margins.

Secondhand Speculation Secondhand Speculation is a playful approach — Ignite people to play with cards as an opening to talk about the terminology, dissect language and breaking the stigma — giving words a new context and collective meaning by expressing from varios mediums (drawing, sketching, etc) Words and images behold powerdynamics and those can reflect triggers.

In every session we use a set of guidelines and question how can we hold space for one another (and be accountable) by collectively sharing safe space values.

Read more about the dialogue between Zinzi and Linda here, which took place after two workshops, one in Accra in October/November 2023 and one in Berlin in September 2023. This dialogue took place after two workshops in Accra Oct/Nov 2023 and one workshop in Berlin September 2023 for which Zinzi de Brouwer (Studio Palha — Mozambique/Netherlands) and Linda Valkeman (The OR Foundation – Ghana) facilitated utilising the Secondhand Speculation oracle deck they designed for their South-South based project: Sisterhood/Omutzi/Mabilgu: “Indigenous Craft and Secondhand Clothing as second life for future concepts and materials in Ghana and Mozambique”.

Zinzi de Brouwer

Zinzi de Brouwer (she/her) is a Fashion Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Academic and founder of Studio Palha, an equity-centred community design studio based in Mozambique and the Netherlands in which artisanal communities of the Global South take the central stage in bridging craft and design to form new fashion narratives.

Pauline van Dongen

Pauline van Dongen (1986) is a designer and researcher. She explores human-garment relationships and alternative fashion (design) practices through the development of smart textiles and clothing.