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Victoria Udondian


The Habitus  project is organized  around  the  theme of clothing  with  the aim of prompting a reflection on  the consequences of  the overproduction of goods and the reckless accumulation  of clothing intended  as  consumer  goods. Habitus  specifically focuses  on the  dynamics that govern the  used clothes  market, which  since the early  1970s  has significantly  contributed  to the  decline and the subsequent deep crisis of the  local textiles industry in Nigeria. The decision to create a collection of handmade clothes, inspired by techniques  and workmanship  of the fabrics in the different Venetian museums, as well as those  of Nigeria,was prompted by the search for a creative response  to the excessive standardization of contemporary clothing and the historical and symbolic image associated with it. Second  Hand Museum, an integral part of Habitus, is a museum installation showcasing five authentic testimonies of a possible history, in  which the clothing  patterns recognized and codified in the Venetian  tradition are revisited by being mixed and hybridized through the use of repurposed and second hand materials. The  ability to create an  “authentic fiction” also returns in the series Venetian Portraits inspired by the distinctive Venetian caprice portraits and then in eteenth century chromatic lagoon tradition. Inthese photographs, the “Venetianness” is dressed in unusual African style clothes, and portrayed in poses that are at times haughty while  at others  nonchalant, letting us imagine an upside down world of  reverse colonization. The used clothing was donated  by the charity organization Ca’ Letizia, which has long  been active in the collection and redistribution of used clothing to the needy. The precious damask fabrics were kindly donated by the Rubelli  company. The jewels  were  kindly borrowed  by Jacinthe Clotilde Kondje’s Galleria African Art JCK. We would  also like to thank  the following individuals for their participation and contribution: Fiora Gandolfi, Antony Knight, Margherita  Minguzzi,  Elena  Ianeselli  and  Jacinthe Clotilde Kondje.
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