VIRGINIE TAN, LONDONhttps://virginietan.com/
Do not wash at (silence)ºC
A textile project highlighting the ongoing Asian hate crimes, by putting the wearer in the position of the silencer – symbolising the invisibility and the hidden struggles that aren’t being acknowledged.
"do not wash at (silence)ºC" is a textile project highlighting the ongoing Asian hate crimes, by putting the wearer in the position of the silencer – symbolising the invisibility and the hidden struggles that aren’t being acknowledged. Rendering the invisible, visible, through a consumable form – a t-shirt, and a tote bag – affordable and easy to wear, like a culture that keeps getting consumed without second thoughts.
Both items have an inside-out effect – meaning the clothing appears a certain way, but when reversed, it reveals another side of the story. The front side represents a monolith culture that is used for props, while the inside reveals poetry fuelled by personal ruminations around identity and racism. The label also features a QR code leading to an Instagram filter, with another text to discover.
The fact that these are worn objects, is drawing a parallel on how people might avoid discussing racism, because it is also a call-out on their own behaviours – which is also the reason why important conversations get silenced. However, while the silencer might feel uncomfortable wearing a piece of clothing, they can simply take it off, while the silenced simply can’t remove the struggles they are facing off their skin.
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Virginie Tan is an artist and designer from Paris and now based in London, whose practice is anchored within media art, with elements of video and sound art. Her body of work is centred around the triviality of the internet and its gestural experience, between the technological sublime and the daze it puts us through.
She graduated from the MA Interaction Design at University of the Arts London in 2017, and was an artist-in-residence in the EUCIDA (European Connections in Digital Arts) programme in 2019. She exhibited at Transient Festival, Ars Electronica Festival, and The Wrong Biennale, among others. Lastly, she co-founded the curatorial time-space, Emotional Interfaces – which explores how digital interfaces have been shaping the way we behave and feel.
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Tees / 2021 / 3 x S, 3 x M, 2 x L, 2 x XL, 2 x 2XL
Price 30 €
A t-shirt with a print (the "monolith") on the face side, and another print (the "rumination") on the inside. Also works with an Instagram filter which QR code is available on the label.