from July 4th to September 25th, 2022
at 18 rue de la Calade — Arles

Dress Code        program brings together around forty artists who suggest singular views on identity and clothing around the world. Clothing is representative of an aspect of identity, it can arouse desire by sublimating the human body, notably through ornament, but it can also reveal codes and standards. Dress codes allow for integration into society or, on the opposite side, rejection, emancipation and also protest. A symbol of globalisation, fashion, a place of subjectivation and non-subjectivation, of intervention and alienation, contributes to social and physical emancipation. This evolution asks us why clothing is always at the heart of the issue of identities. Clothing always takes on the role of being a marker of gender, age, social status, religion, sexual orientation, political opinions, wealth and subculture. Sometimes an ornament, a costume, a performance outfit or a cult outfit, clothes represent singular but also collective identities.

Dress Code explores this relationship between identity and clothing, especially through the Drag Queens of New York, the twins of Nigeria, the voodoo rituals of Benin and Togo, and the Zapotec women of Mexico, but also through personal photographic investigations. Between rituals and gender indicators, the around twenty exhibitions propose a discussion of singular but also collective identities, but also of dress as emancipation or revendication. Fotohaus offers an enlargement of the program with Sein und Schein, being and appearing; as does Fragiles, Tendance floue’s group project, influenced by the upheavals of our time.

Artists    Liza AMBROSSIO, Michela BENAGLIA, Delphine BLAST, Robin BLOCK DE FRIBERG, Manon BOYER, Elina BROTHERUS, Daniel CASTRO GARCÍA, Bruno CATTANI, Antonio D’AMBROSSIO, Sanne DE WILDE, Alexandre DUPEYRON, Amin EL DIB, Dmitry ERET, Benoît FERON, Collectif fiVe, Jeanne FRANK, Ching-Yuan HSU, Sara IMLOUL, Phumzile KHANYILE, Katerina KIRTOKA, Yevheniia KRIUK, Bénédicte KURZEN, Laurent LABODIE, Lawrence LEMAOANA, Lila NEUTRE, Frédéric NOY, Mathieu RICHER MAMOUSSE, Torsten SCHUMANN, Tendance Floue

Curators    Marc BARBEY, Florent BASILETTI, Anne Marie BECKMANN, Christel BOGET, Françoise DELVOYE, Emilie DEMON, Agathe KALFAS, Klaus KEHRER, Chiara RUBERTI, Enrico STEFANELLI.