At this moment there exist enough clothes in the world to dress the next six generations. The disastrous consequences of the fashion and textile industry are clear: gigantic overproduction, polluted rivers, meters-high mountains of clothing waste and CO2 emissions that are greater than aviation and shipping combined. Yet the fashion industry is running at full speed and the race to the bottom continues unabated.

VPRO Tegenlicht follows four pioneers on their mission to improve the unruly clothing industry. They work on more sustainable textiles, transparent chains, more social policy at major brands and fairer advertising.

During the State of Fashion x VPRO Tegenlicht Meet-up: ‘`Uit de Kleren’, we will show excerpts from the Tegenlicht broadcast and engage in conversation with the co-curators, interlocutors of the State of Fashion Biennale. In addition, Lara Wolters, who is part of the European Parlement, will join the conversation.

State of Fashion 2024: Ties that Bind brings together creative practices in fashion, textiles and contemporary art from across the Global South. How are artists from the Global South addressing and contesting colonial legacies embedded in clothing and cloth? How are designers evolving inherited traditions, and engaging with the urgencies of our time?

Rooted in the universal intimacy of fabric, Ties that Bind seeks to amplify the kinships and connectedness among global practices, and share the powerful human stories woven into what we wear.

Friday 17 May
10:30 – 12:30
Rembrandt Theatre, Arnhem
Free entrance, please register here or via the link below.

Language: English

State of Fashion Biennale Ties that Bind
State of Fashion 2024: Ties that Bind brings together creative practices in fashion, textiles and contemporary art from across the Global South. Curated by Louise Bennetts and Rachel Dedman in collaboration with Sunny Dolat, Kallol Datta and Hanayrá Negreiros, this decentralised edition unfolds across Arnhem, Nairobi, Bengaluru and São Paulo. Ties that Bind explores the complexities of tradition, the power of indigenous knowledge, and the political potential of clothing.

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