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The Real Thing

Start Date 07 February 2020
End Date 02 May 2020
Venue Fashion Space Gallery
Location London, UK
Curator Anastasiia Fedorova
Exhibition display of clothing hanging on a wire frame

The Real Thing explored aspiration, ownership, authenticity — and the disruptive creative power of fashion bootleg. The exhibition showcased the work of artists and creative collectives who use bootlegging to raise the questions of globalisation, capitalist consumption, identity and sustainability. It was both a celebration of original creative work which encourages critical thinking towards the symbols we consume and an anthropological survey of how we relate to brands today.

The exhibition featured photographed works of the renowned Harlem couturier Dapper Dan by Drew Carolan and an installation by radical ‘brandalist’ Dr Noki who pioneered unique and influential takes on brand appropriation and subversion. It also explored the way bootleg can be used as a tool of political expression through the works of artists and collectives, including; Akinola Davies, Ancuta Sarca, Anna Ehrenstein, Black Obsidian Sound System, Citizens of Nowhere, Hassan Kurbanbaev, HYPEPEACE, Julien Boudet, May Hands, NITE DYKEZ and Tamara-Jade Kaz, Roxman Gatt, Shukri Lawrence and Sports Banger.

Image © Katy Davies.