- if no one has ever told you, your freedom is more important than their anger, nayyirah waheed (via ceedling)
This body of work is an exploration of the extent of cultural appropriation and encourages a discussion about it. I give the appropriator and the appropriated the opportunity to defend themselves and create a dialogue between them, while maintaining a neutral stance myself. I am not attacking those who appropriate, merely educating and creating awareness. Neutrality is key in this series, as i remove myself from my political and social status and opinions, stripping the problem to the most basic issue; taking an item that means a great deal to somebody and corrupting it.
Really appreciate that the cross was included in here. I grew up in a christian household, and though I no longer ascribe to any one particular faith, I still have extremely mixed feelings with the heavy use of crosses/other christian iconography in fashion currently. Some of this imagery comes from historic artwork - which I feel less uncomfortable with, due to these images’ relevance in world culture outside of religion - in the worlds of history an art, but a symbol like the cross stands out to me as something that a lot of people attach a lot of meaning and respect to, and, like any other religious symbol, I can’t bring myself to wear it.