Fleshion and the politics of appearances
Since French revolution clothing became a political status propaganda and an agent of social and political transformations as well. Its relations with self-expression emerged as not as superficial as it somehow has been considered. Jumping in time, take as an example of how fashion and body are powerful agents of changes, at the beginning of Feminist movement it was made its statement also burning bras and wearing written slogan on T-Shirts. This action had not only a surface effect. That action changed women gesture and released the body for certain experiences that weren’t possible before.
That unnoticed interaction between fashion and body highlighted how humans are inventive regarding materials and matters and how from materials and matters emerges values, statements, status and so on. Fashion is a system which allows us to play with shapes, volumes, materials in various combinations direct related to our body, a system of perception, thinking, behaviors and performances. This game has developed social and political and cultural environments. And this is the main source for FLESHION to invent its objects.
Back to T-shirts and feminism, the bodily experience of freedom from getting rid of tight bras to bold speeches and T-shirt slogans statements, all together become a strong and co-depended system of politics. The corporal experience and its transformation in Fashion shown how persuasive, impressive and influential it is as a political tool and also how our body engages itself differently while in touch with certain types of shapes, volumes, constraints, and releases.
It calls our attention to what we chose to be close to us. Each choice is political, babe, try!
photo: Rogério Ortiz / from the dance piece Electro chemicals, baby by Thelma Bonavita and Cristian Duarte 2008