Fast Fashion/Slow Art comprises 11 films, videos and video installations by a diverse group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers that, collectively, encourage scrutiny of today’s garment industry. These projects invite a broad-ranging conversation about the production and distribution of clothing and textiles in today’s industrialized and globally interconnected world: What are the merits of the local and tailor-made versus the mass production of fast fashion? Is it possible to protect workers’ rights and ensure safe working conditions while keeping up with consumer demands? How does technology affect the experience and conditions of labor? What skills does the mass production of textiles require? Can design and technology offer sustainable solutions to the environmental effects of fast fashion? What role do art and popular culture play in raising consumer consciousness? While this exhibition and accompanying catalog cannot solve all the intractable problems plaguing the textile and clothing industry, they can be sites to address those issues creatively and from new angles.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art in cooperation with the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and the George Washington University Museum/Textile Museum
Bibiana Obler, associate professor of art history, George Washington University
Phyllis Rosenzweig, curator emerita, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Washington, D.C., Aug. 8, 2019–Dec. 15, 2019
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, Jan. 30, 2020–Aug. 2, 2020