Daniela Dossi: Hybrid Heads

Daniela Dossi: Hybrid Heads
Library Shelf Location 18.DOSS
Publication Date 08 Apr 2019

Hybrid Heads: a decoding method to design open narratives and dynamic identities.

Headdresses and coverings are among the most powerful vehicles of cultural identity, referring variously to nationality, gender, ethnicity, religion, profession and sub-culture. As part of a cultural identity, they can be used to distinguish or divide people, but may also serve as a constructive instrument that allows us to recognise mutual differences as a common value.

Cultural identity is continuously evolving. Photos and texts provide a vehicle to question prevailing dynamics of identity and identification, visual stereotypes and cultural representation.

Daniela Dossi’s long-term residency at the open and collective studio Manoeuvre, a multidisciplinary artist-run space in Ghent’s Rabot neighbourhood, resulted in an open design method, a textile research project based on a visual and textual archive of headdresses from around the world, and a preliminary collection of hybrid headdresses. The super-diversity of
the studio provided the ideal context for this research. Together with Dossi, participants from diverse backgrounds and origins made 800 textile samples by hand using different techniques. Based on this open system, new hybrid headdresses and narratives can be designed by remixing images, texts and textiles: what might the headdress of the first Mexican, female President of the United States look like, for example?

Hybrid Heads is a project by Daniela Dossi and Manoeuvre. It is also an exhibition, an interactive installation, a web platform and a design-educational programme.

ISBN 9789462085121
Quantity 1
Pages 432pp, 21 x 29cm
Authors Daniela Dossi, Angela Jansen
Format Softcover
Publisher nai010 publishers
Related Artist Daniela Dossi
Category Artists' Monographs A-Z
Keywords Masks (costume), Clothing, textiles, Fashion and Textiles Design, Cultural identity, Identity

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