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To coincide with the Mundo Latinx (Latinx World) exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery, we hosted a conversation chaired by Dr Lara Torres with fashion designer, artist and social researcher, Lucia Cuba to explore her practice and use of garments as performative and political devices.
The discussion also examined counter-narratives within fashion and textiles and Lucia’s continuous questioning of the established language of fashion through projects such as Articulo 6, Exercises on Health (EOH) and other exercises.
Lucia Cuba currently works as Assistant Professor of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, The New School University (NY), and as a Professor of Fashion at the School of Arts & Design at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Lima). Her work critically approaches fashion design and the construction and exploration of garments as performative and political devices, broadening the understanding of the role of fashion design objects, from purely functional, commercial or aesthetic considerations to social, ethical and political perspectives.
Lucia Cuba’s work is driven by the desire to harness the agency of clothes and question the established language of design, as experienced today, and by the attempt to broaden the potential grammars of critical action through clothes, both as wearable devices and as affective and embodied cultural media.
Lara Torres is a senior lecturer at the MA Fashion & Textiles and BA Fashion & Textiles at the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Portsmouth. She holds a doctorate from University of Arts London at the London college of fashion, with the thesis ‘Towards a practice of unmaking: the essay film as critical discourse for fashion in the expanded field’. Her research sits at the intersection of fashion design, fine arts, and film practice and theory, exploring notions of an expanded field of fashion, critical fashion and fashion film practices in the twenty first century. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions including ‘The future of fashion is now’ (2014/15) in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, touring to Shenzhen and Shanghai (2015/16); ‘Why-what-who: 10 years of fashion artefacts’ at the Venice Biennale (2018) and ’State of Fashion’ in Arnhem (2018).