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Virtual fashion exhibition aims to 'hack' boundaries

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, July 7, 2020  /  10:30 am
Virtual fashion exhibition aims to 'hack' boundaries

"Ina" by Ruth Priscilla is among the installations displayed in MeRetas Batas, a virtual fashion exhibition held by Gudskul Ekosistem until July 25. (Gudskul Ekosistem/File)

Art collective Gudskul Ekosistem is staging a virtual exhibition called MeRetas Batas (Hacking the Boundaries) until July 25 on its website.

Featured are artworks by participants of Gudskul’s Fashion Branding and Identity short course, namely Bethany Burton, Monika Fransiska and Ruth Priscilla. Their mentors, Ayu Dilamar and Monica Hapsari, are both curators and participants of the exhibition.

MeRetas Batas aims to explore the idea of exceeding our limits, exploring our identity and transforming our problems into strength.

“Both Ayu and I agree that the technical aspects and skills taught at universities or vocational schools barely explore a person’s identity. Who are you, what’s your purpose, what’s your character, what’s the purpose of your brand?” Monica said during the opening of the exhibition on Sunday. “We have numerous references but it can be confusing when we don’t know who we are and our characteristics can be vague.”

Participants were free to express their personal brands and personalities as long as they could be beneficial for other people.

"Xperimen BaTas" by Ayu Dilamar. (Gudskul Ekosistem/File)

Ruth Priscilla or RudeRuth, a housewife who doesn’t have a background in fashion, embraced the memory of her mother in the form of a sunflower and tenun (traditional handwoven fabric) in Ina. On a virtual tour of Ruth’s exhibition area, a video of a woman dancing in a costume made by Ruth is shown. She also displays memorabilia of her mother.  

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In Xperimen BaTas, Ayu Dilamar and her brand UGLYISM experiments with multi-functional clothes that can also be used as bags. Each cloth displayed is made from blacu fabric that has rough fibers.

“I’d like to explore the functions of the clothes, so can offer more than just being worn,” Ayu said. “I was inspired by my friend who said, ‘Why don’t you use bags as clothes?’”

Posters displayed in visual exhibition Di Rumah Tak Berarti Melemah.Posters displayed in visual exhibition Di Rumah Tak Berarti Melemah. (Gudskul Ekosistem/File)

Aside from MeRetas Batas, Gudskul Ekosistem is also holding a virtual poster and graphic exhibition titled Di Rumah Tak Berarti Melemah (Staying at Home Doesn’t Mean Getting Weaker).

Graphic art collective Grafis Huru-Hara (GHH) serves as a curator for the exhibition, which features artworks from 36 artists. Through this exhibition, each artist wishes to convey positive messages on their own terms.

Both MeRetas Batas and Di Rumah Tak Berarti Melemah are the result of a collaboration between Gudskul Ekosistem, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry and Serrum Art Handling, which plans and stages art exhibitions. (wir/wng)

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