5 Interesting Art Installations About Fast Fashion
Updated: Jan 29
Blood Mountain by Suzie Blake
What is Blood Mountain?
It’s a sculptural installation featuring a 3-meter high mound of red clothing and apparel containing T-shirts with slogans like “Girl Power” and “The Future Is Female” peaking out.
Artist and feminist, Suzie Blake, decided to research the fast fashion industry for a new exhibition and described what she discovered was much worse than she had ever expected- showing more awareness is needed.
Most garment workers are women, or girls — around 85%, who get paid on average $3 a day. These women have very few rights; allowing many things like abuse and mistreatment. Many are forced to leave their homes (and their children) for months, sometimes years, to live and work in devastating conditions.
She thought it ironic that many feminist protestors and supporters wear clothing with slogans like ‘girl power’ despite those tops usually being bought from a company that is mistreating their workers and our planet.
She wondered , 'Is it possible, for we, women — the biggest consumers of fast fashion — to buy a little less stuff?’'
The Dark Sides of Fashion
The collapse of the textile factory Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in 2013, with over 1.000 dead, is evidence of this dark side of fashion.
This german exhibition showed these unknown truths about the fashion industry and suggested methods and concepts for a sustainable approach to clothing and encouraged visitors to question their own consumer behaviour.
The section of the exhibition examining fast fashion explains how the global fast fashion industry functions and how producers and consumers are interconnected, and therefore how the consumers are linked to the devastating effects on the environment and workers of this industry.
Public interest in sustainable fashion is increasing as a result of more attention in the media and more awareness about the harmful consequences of fast fashion. Designers and creative minds develop innovative approaches and materials and encourage people to be more mindful about their consumption.
The Waterfall (and more) by Von Wong
An art installation that was created using mouldy clothes that were dumped untouched for 10 years in an abandoned clothing factory in Cambodia has an extremely powerful message.
Von Wong with the help of many volunteers from nearby countries created various pieces in this installation to remind people of where their clothes were born.
The concept of The Waterfall symbolises the 2700 L of water used to produce a single cotton t-shirt. Remember that the next time you think about purchasing a piece of clothing.
During the construction of this installation they only had access to basic tools such as fishnets, rope and bamboo from the local market.
After working on this project for over a year and a half, they came to realise something: every one of us has the power to simply buy fewer clothes.
Guerra De La Paz
Guerra de la Paz is a collaboration between Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz consisting of many pieces which are all incredibly powerful and creative. They have transformed rejects from our wardrobes into creative masterpieces that deliver powerful political and environmental messages.
In one of their pieces called “Atomic,” they alluded to the dire consequences if humanity remains on our current path of relentless consumption and disposal. In other works, they explore the hopeful possibilities of reuse and renewal, breathing new life into reclaimed textiles that they turned into tree-like structures.
In addition to creating representational forms, Guerra de la Paz utilizes masses of material to evoke the burdens of excessive consumption and oppression from the fashion industry. In “Mort,” they present a solitary figure, a prisoner suffering silently under the masses of a pile of garments.
The installation shown at the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair is made of 17 tons of clothes, which is half a million pieces.
Many of the installations mentioned previously have looked at the impact of manufacturing clothes, whereas this explores what happens to clothes when they are no longer wanted.
Weiss says for her, sustainability is a responsibility, not an interest and ‘ it’s about people minimizing their waste . . . from bottled water or anything that you can do to contribute’ and so through this installation she encourages people to consider what they are throwing away or how they are throwing it away.
She urges that the problem is that the consumer is not asking for sustainability and that this should be implanted in people's minds and they should always be aware that things should be done a different way.
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