The next edition of State of Fashion, Ties that Bind, will focus on presenting contemporary work by fashion and textile makers, designers, and artists from the Global South. Curators Louise Bennetts and Rachel Dedman have decentralised the Biennale, and invited three interlocutors from across the Global South to form an expanded curatorial team.

State of Fashion 2024 will unfold across four spaces: the home site of Arnhem, and three international sister sites: Nairobi, Kenya, Bengaluru, India, and São Paulo, Brazil. In each sister city, an interlocutor-curator – Sunny Dolat, Kallol Datta and Hanayrá Negreiros – has been invited to develop a State of Fashion project in their local context, responding to the themes of the Biennale as they relate to the urgencies and experiences of their cities and communities.

Meet the interlocutors

Kallol Datta

Kallol Datta is a maker with an emphasis on creative research of clothing practices native to the SWANA region, the Indian subcontinent and the Korean Peninsula. His clothing practice presents garments as a conduit for personal agency and expression.

Hanayrá Negreiros

Hanayrá Negreiros is a fashion scholar, writer and curator. Previously she was the Adjunct Curator of Fashion at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, and she is currently researching a PhD in Afro-Atlantic garments, fashion, black women and 19th century.

Sunny Dolat

Sunny Dolat is a fashion curator, cultural producer, creative director and co-founder of The Nest Collective. He was a Consultant Researcher for the exhibition Africa Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum.