On May 21 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, the Ties that Bind symposium will be held at the Rembrandt Theater. A dynamic event covering various themes related to the State of Fashion Biennale 2024 | Ties that Bind, and NewTexEco’s research focus, such as Shame & Sustainability and Everyday Dressing Practices – different (Global South) understandings.

The symposium is free to attend, but registration through our ticketing system is required. However, we assume that if you sign up, you will attend the entire day. Please note that there is a maximum visitor capacity. To guarantee a spot, we recommend reserving a ticket soon to ensure participation.

Below is an overview of the day’s programme:

BLOCK 1: 10:15 – 11:30

– Introduction to the exhibition Ties that Bind by State by State of Fashion curators Louise Bennetts (researcher, designer, educator) and Rachel Dedman (curator V&A Londen, writer, art historian)

– Introduction to the programs in the sister sites by State of Fashion interlocutors Sunny Dolat (curator, producer, creative director The Nest Collective, Nairobi / Kenya) and Kallol Datta (dressmaker, researcher, Bengaluru / India)

– Provocation by Tanveer Ahmed (design researcher, educator Central Saint Martins, UAL)

– Critical contribution by Generation 33 of the MA Critical Fashion Practices, ArtEZ

– Panel discussion with Sunny Dolat, Kallol Datta and Tanveer Ahmed. Moderated by Chet Bugter (head MA Critical Fashion Practices ArtEZ)

– Introduction to the collection of Ornament Dresses by Bachelor students Fashion Design by Ratna Ho (tutor BA Fashion Design ArtEZ)

BLOCK 2: 12:00 – 13:00

– Tours of the exhibition with a handout developed by participants MA Critical Fashion Practices, ArtEZ

– In parallel, the workshop Textiles as a Metaphor for Care will take place by Alexis Mersmann (participant MA Critical Fashion Practices, ArtEZ)

Lunch break

BLOCK 3: 14:00 – 15:00

– Plenary session Shame & Sustainability with Aurélie Van de Peer (writer, fashion researcher, lecturer), Marieke Eyskoot (sustainable lifestyle expert) and Sara Dubbeldam (sustainable fashion activist). Moderated by Bregje Lampe (head AMFI Fashion & Branding, journalist)

BLOCK 4: 15:15 – 16:00

– Parallel session 1: Textile Surgery with Paulien Harmsen (researcher sustainable value chains WUR), Rosalie Sloof (curator fashion and clothes Nederlands Openluchtmuseum), Tjerre Lucas Bijker (artistic researcher) and Kallol Datta. Moderated by Tjeerd Veenhoven (designer, researcher ArtEZ/ Engage4Bio) and José Teunissen (director AMFI/ NewTexEco)

– Parallel session 2: Everyday Dressing Practices – different (Global South) understandings with Tommy Tse (professor UvA) and Fairuzah Atchulo (researcher UvA). Moderated by Sunny Dolat

BLOCK 5: 16:15 – 17:00 uur

– Plenary session Designing New Systems with Kim van der Weerd (ex-garment factory manager, sustainable fashion critic) Borre Akkersdijk (designer BYBORRE) and Alvanon.

17:00 (networking) drinks
18:30 end of programme

The Ties that Bind symposium is a collaboration between State of Fashion, ArtEZ University of the Arts and NewTexEco.