Friday, October 05, 2012

Cecilia Stenbom: "HF/Happy Fashion" VIA DELLE INDUSTRIE space, S.Eraclio di Foligno (PG) Italy

Image: (Left) Cecilia Stenbom Play Dead #1 2010 Coloured Ink on Paper, 270 x 150 cm. (Right) Cecilia Stenbom Play Dead #2 2010 Coloured Ink on Paper, 270 x 150 cm. courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.


an inventory, a research, an exhibition

via delle industrie 9, S.Eraclio di Foligno (PG) Italy

 preview saturday 6th october 2012
h 12,00 / opening sunday 7th october 2012 h 16,00-19,00

Bettina Allamoda, Lisa Ann Auerbach, ATOPOS, House of Diehl, Katja Eydel, Goldiechiari, Hans Hejkelboom, Mella Jaarsma,  Marlon Griffith, Patrick Killoran, Antonio Riello, Joke Robbard, Gabi Schillig, Cecilia Stenbom, Emilia Tikka, UNREALAGE, Stephen Willats.

curated by Emanuele De Donno
a project by VIAINDUSTRIAE / project room (7) i.stanza contemporanea

exhibition dates: 6th october 2012 | 10th february 2013
hours: 16,00 - 20,00 on appointment / 39 349 5240942

Viaindustriae will present an inventory, an exhibition on a specific issue, opening 7th october 2012.

Happy Fashion is a wide research about the "high and the low" fashion in Italy in which a series of stories connected to companies and manufacturers of the region-district of Umbria describe a piece af history of italian fashion; from Lancetti to Armani, from the xenophilous Ginocchietti to the sport innovation of Ellesse brand. A cultural trip also made of minor voices tied by "poor" clothing, tailing, pret a porter. Small companies of creative people who designed sundresses and aprons, franciscan rubber-sandals and rosaries made of coloured prayer beads. A sociological research which describes a split of the "happy society" of the 60's, 70's, 80's, (an happiness interrupted by the Years of Lead), contrasting with the crisis of the present age.

The exhibition presents in the disused factory of one of this companies, the interventions of international artists who use fashion as "antisystem", metaphor of the contraddictions of society and crisis of the language.

The editorial project starts from a research/dossier about a textile's district, conceived after the finding of documents and materials located in an abandoned building of a small firm named Happy Fashion.

Begining for a wider range of inventory the editorial staff found a world of fashion designers, cloth hactivists, fashion victims, workers à façone, producers, master craftmen working in external laboratories in the umbrian countryside. Among these, we meet Felice, trustworthy knitter who works in his house for the high society of the italian fashion scene, the so-called made in Italy.

The exhibition catalogue will be out 10th november 2012