Artists, curators, and writers from Vienna utilise the typology of the Zocalo as the place for their project at the Biennale in Xalapa. In a city without the Zocalo square, where everything social typically happens, we develop a series of performances, workshops, and exhibitions. A year of art-research supports these site-specific interventions and will contextualise the exhibition as a blog and book publication. This blog is the basis for this publication, a point of exchange for our artistic processes, and a resource for our cultural translations of Mexico for the Vienna Zocalo. Vienna Zocalo is developed over the course of 2010-2011 in the Department of Fashion and Styles at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.

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Mittwoch, 23. Februar 2011

Green fashion from south america is on the run

Just 200 meters away from our Institute of Education in the Arts a new shop opened that brings beautiful clothes made of organic cotton from South America directly to Vienna. The „anzüglich green fashion shop“, Theobaldgasse 9 in the 6th district.
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Since 2008 the collections of Bawi Koszednar were produced in Peru. Therefore the designer flys to Cusco once a year in the context of a social project to realise her newest ideas together with deaf peruvian dressmakers. Bawi: „It’s really important for these women to work here because it makes them independent from their husbands and besides we have a lot of fun together.“ .
picture [] by Oliver Christl

According to the conventions of the UN International Labor Organization (ILO) the women are guaranteed social equality, solid working conditions and fair salaries.
The whole Projekt is supported by the ADA (Austrian Development Association).

Textile production and the cultivation especially of organic cotton has a long tradition in Peru, that’s why I busied myself among other things with this issue for our project.
Another reason was that I wanted you to think about working conditions in the textile production sector when you go shopping next time. Do you really have a clear conscience?

the cusco team, picture [] by "anzüglich"

text by Julia Riederer

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