Artist Nasim Nasr draws on her personal experience as an Iranian-born Australian to probe the situatedness of dressing the female form. For this highlight SCCI Fashion Hub co-presented with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Nasr fills the MAAS Turbine Hall with video, sound and contemporary dance, delivering a runway show with a powerful twist.
Nasim deals closely with themes of power, memory and rebirth as represented through the veiled figure. The paradox of the chador, being agent of both concealment and enticement, is played out this evening in the form of a haute couture fashion parade, challenging both traditional mores and contemporary celebrations of the female form. Nasr boldly orchestrates a meeting of East and West that confounds cultural norms and puts notions of gender identity firmly into question.
A continuing theme in her work, fashion is here explored as a cultural signifier and a source of engenderment and a product of social construction.
With special thanks to WINK Models Australia.
Paid event $40. This event is booked through MAAS.
Image: Nasim Nasr, Women In Shadow, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2011. Photo: Rodney Magazinovic.