Annual Program 2023


In times of impending collapse–be it of empires in the late 20th or ecology in the early 21st centuries –textiles, fabrics and fashion help us to find new ways of being, via reconfigured understandings of identity, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality amongst others. In Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia of the 1980’s, textiles and costumes anticipated and performed the ideological swings from communism to neo-liberalism to political Islam. The bankruptcy of the textile industries and the revival of crafts tradition in the post-perestroika period shaped the ground for artistic communities to build resistance to conforming notions of the individual and society. Costumes and Collapse, the Spring -Summer 2023 program at Pickle Bar, presents a series of  lectures, performances, rounds tables and screenings that look at how reinterpreting traditional clothes, ironicising uniforms or queering garments against a backdrop of imperial collapse shapes new forms of politics, memorializes difference, and forges new communities.

Curators: Patricia Couvet, Anastasia Marukhina

The program is supported by Haupstadtkulturfunds, Freie Universität and the Institute for Eastern European Studies and Humboldt Foundation. sexuality in local contexts amidst globalized languages.
Giulia Cretulescu, Embodiment, work on display

23 April, 19:30
Krista Papista, “Fucklore: Bellringers”, performance

6 May, 18:00
Ho Rui An, “Lining”, screening and discussion with Tang Han

26 May, 19:30
Uta Bekaia, “Roots”, performance

2 June, 19:00
Gyula Muskovics, “Fashion as World-Building in the Years of Post-Communist Transition”, lecture

10 June, 14:00
Apparatus 22, “Dressing Fiction”, workshop

22 June, 19:00
Leah Feldman, Vladislav Sludskiy, Almagul Menlibayev, “Costumes and Collapse in the Kazakh Art Scene”, panel discussion

12 July, 19:00
Sasha Razor, Rufina Bazlova, “Textile, Costumes in Times of Protest in Belarus and The Digital Realm”, panel discussion

21 July, 19:00
Jeppe Ugelvig, Marcin Różyc, “Sites of Fashion Research and Dissemination”, panel discussion

15 September, 19:00 and 20:00
Filipka Rutkowska, “What Stays The Same After We Change II”, performance

30 September, 18:00
Ana Gzirishvili, “Personal Name of an Object”, performance

13 October, 19:00
Yana Bachynska, “When Clothing Becomes a Flag”, workshop