Costume is a public project presented by DHC/ART – Education in conjunction with Yinka Shonibare’s Pièces de résistance, which runs from April 29 to September 20, 2015.
This project embraces the transformative and theatrical qualities of Shonibare’s artistic production. Using altered, often headless mannequins, the artist reinvents historical figures as fictional characters, and dresses them in colourful and flamboyant costumes made of Dutch wax fabric. Considered by many to be authentically African, this material is in fact a copy of Indonesian batik produced by Dutch colonizers who industrialised its production.
Costume involves clothing a dress form by pinning a variety of fabric pieces onto its surface. To participate, we invite you to choose and attach a strip of material, juxtaposing it with the others already in place. In doing so, you contribute to a collective gesture from which a hybrid garment - with all its patterns, textures, and colours - will gradually emerge.
You are welcome to share a photo of your trace through Twitter (@DHCART, #dhctraces) or by email ([email protected]) so we can share it on our blog.