The exhibition Clothing as a Symbol of Identity shows works of Bosnian and Herzegovinian artists who use clothes, acts of dressing, a wardrobe or techniques and technologies of clothing production. Through such a wide range of topics, the exhibition points to specific features of clothing items as signs and to multilayered social messages they convey. It also emphasizes the diversity of ways in which it is possible to identify with someone or something through clothing as well as the articulation, circulation and interaction of clothes in the space in which they exists. Conceptualizing, designing, sowing, knitting, putting on, wearing or presenting clothes thus become in artistic consideration acts for their own sake, and thereby an autonomous artistic sign of a new social reality.
In addition to eleven Bosnian and Herzegovinian artists of different sensibilities – Maja Bajević, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Amila Hrustić, Sanela Jahić, Šejla Kamerić, Margareta Kern, Zlatko Kopljar, Alem Korkut, Mirko Marić, Borjana Mrđa and Damir Nikšić – the exhibition features a work of Croatian fashion designer and artist Silvijo Vujičić.
(Irfan Hošić, MA, Bihać University)