Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity
2 February – 12 May 2019
Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA.
“Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity” celebrates the identities of South Africans historically denied their rights: Xhosa, Ndebele, and Zulu communities; women of color; members of the LGBTQI community; and rural citizens, among others. Many of the artists featured in the exhibition explore the way that clothing communicates identity, documenting the fashion choices of brave individuals challenging the social norms of their times. Others examine how clothing has been used to create or erase cultural identity, or to enforce class divisions.