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11th Photomonth in MEK: Roy Villeyoye, Red Calico

Red calico is an English fabric which the colonisers of Papua New Guinea brought with them in the early 20th century. The meaning of this fabric for the indigenous inhabitants, who used long and narrow strips of the calico to tie their arrows and spears, inspired Roy Villevoye to examine the meaning of dress in the contemporary life of the Asmat tribe.
The exhibit at Krakow Ethnographic Museum shows the clothing of today’s inhabitants of Papua New Guinea, or rather, to be more specific, altered t-shirts. The Dutch artist noted that members of the Asmat tribe are very fond of wearing cut and ripped clothes – which is a sign of dominant fashion trends there. As with the adaptations of red calico at the beginning of the century, today there are adaptations and alterations of Western clothes that are made to meet local needs. Villevoye collects t-shirts by conducting an exchange with any interested party (a new, high-quality shirt in exchange for an old, altered one), then presenting them along with photographs in museums. Roy Villevoye (born 1960, Maastricht) Dutch artist.

Works primarily with photographs and video footage recorded during his sojourns among the Asmat people of southwestern New Guinea. Rood katoen (Red Calico), among other projects, engages in a critical dialogue with the heritage and pictorial-semiotic framework of anthropological photography and film. Villevoye lives and works in Amsterdam.

Roy Villevoye, Red Calico The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Krakow ul. Krakowska 46 17.05 - 06.06.2013
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