From August 7th until 14th, Finnish fashion designer Ervin Latimer, who was named Young Designer of the year in 2020, presents a fashion installation during the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival. ‘Possibilities of Potential Selves’ supports the miniature collection Latimer designed for the awards, and investigates the role of fashion in gender expression.
Latimer sought inspiration from the overtly gendered and binary way of dressing of the 1940s and 50s, which he used as the perfect building blocks for the silhouettes and materials of this capsule collection: stiff and masculine wool suits and leather jackets, and conservative yet exaggeratedly feminine dresses and flower patterns.
The exhibition invites visitors to broaden their horizons of clothing and investigate how fashion can be used to strengthen or obscure the expression of gender identity. The installation and its imagery also challenge the general perception of the Nordic identity, questioning who can be seen in fashion imagery in the Nordics and who usually creates these images, and reflecting on the role of nature as an archetype or stereotype of the Nordic identity.
During the exhibition, Ervin Latimer will also host a talk on his work. The date and details of this talk will be confirmed soon.
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival
De Studio - Maarschalk Gerardstraat 4, 2000 BE-Antwerp
AQAF is a multidisciplinary arts festival, questioning gender and sexual diversity. For the past 8 years, the festival has programmed local performers and international talent within a variety of art forms: music, literature, film, dance, theatre, exposition, performance… Collaborating with academia and activists, AQAF creates a space and a platform for people to express themselves and to meet others. AQAF is a grassroots initiative, relying on community support to create the spaces and representation that we need.