The Fabric of Protest.
This exhibition examines the social, economic and political dimensions of a material.
Taking as our starting point an image of Katherine Hamnett wearing her ‘58% DON’T WANT
PERSHING’ T-shirt to meet Margaret Thatcher at Downing Street, we take cotton to be both
the carrier of choice of any message post-James Dean – as well as the signifier of a raft of
other histories, oppressions, contestations and possibilities.
Fabric of Protest is what we wear on our chests, our stories, investigations, and statements,
the way we wear what we think.