Exhibition/Research 365

Rasa Baltrimaitė photos

Being a designer, according to the Bauhaus professor and thinker László Moholy Nagy, means having an attitude which you practice and propagate. Design theorist and critic Alice Rawsthorn in her book Design as an Attitude references Nagy by when defining the role of an attitude as a commitment to one’s creative career.

The matter of an attitude, embraces a multitude of opinions and perspectives, different futures and possibilities as a positive direction for a broader discussion. An attitude gives sense not only to a position, but also to active operation for the sake of one’s believes. It is a combination of activism and practice for the sake of conscious and responsible process as well as for an object or service which meets holistic needs.

However, the fashion field lacks a critical attitude, a "view from the inside", focused on more meaningful changes. There is a perceived need for a change in the role of designers, which would lead to an even stronger positioning of the designer's approach, justification of the choice of attitude and its dissemination, thus creating a connection with the user and educating him.

Today, the creator's values and approach to design and its use in the context of sustainability are being rethought, not forgetting that sustainability acts as a brake on the fast-paced clothing fashion industry, but at the same time as another trend that offers the customer different concepts of sustainability embodied in new products.

While studying the concepts of consumerism and sustainability, I often came across similar phenomena in other fields, which showed me that such a problem is not new or unique and that clothes are just a random object that expresses the problem of overconsumption. Therefore, in my works, I sought to decontextualize clothing from its natural environment by moving it to a neutral space where it functions regardless of trends and sometimes human physicality.

The garment acts as an object that embodies the chaos and disorder of the entire world, as a conductor not only between the wearer and the body observing it, but also as an independent object that creates a problematic field around itself. We are used to seeing it ready for sale on the shop floor or in advertising campaigns.

Everyday, on people's bodies. But the garment itself also has its own body, which, removed from its usual circumstances, speaks of the need for a holistic approach.

Exhibition/Research "365" will be displayed from March 5th until April 15th.