Curatorial Exhibition Scholarship

Material Resistance: Social Justice and Empowerment Narratives Told Through Cloth

Authors
  • Dyese Matthews (Cornell University)
  • Kat Roberts (Cornell University)
  • Jenine Marie Hillaire (Cornell University)
  • Ami Tamakloe (Cornell University)

Abstract

In the exhibition Material Resistance: Social Justice and Empowerment Narratives Told Through Cloth we invited visitors to explore ways that fashion and textile art can directly challenges a surplus of injustices. Five artists and three community-focused organizations who center social justice were featured in the exhibition. In our collaborative curatorial process, we drew upon several approaches including post-critical museology, intersectionality, and self-determination. We hope to serve as an example and an inspiration for those who engage in curatorial practices that aim to both center social justice and to empower those who are too often disenfranchised, especially within the museum.   

Keywords: exhibition, quilts, museum, decolonize, collaboration, community engagement

How to Cite:

Matthews, D., Roberts, K., Hillaire, J. M. & Tamakloe, A., (2024) “Material Resistance: Social Justice and Empowerment Narratives Told Through Cloth”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17530

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Published on
27 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed