Academics and students contribute to Design History Society conference.
17 Sep 2013
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts staff and students who are members of the Design History and Material Culture Research Group (DGMCRG) convened a panel of papers at Design History Society annual conference in National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujurat, India this month. They also exhibited current activist art project, Re-making Picasso’s Guernica.
Ahmedabad is the home of Khadi, a hand-woven and hand-spun fabric promoted by Ghandi and one of the materials used in the Re-Making Picasso’s Guernica project. This is a collective textile work involving DHMCRG members Nicola Ashmore, Megha Rajguru, Louise Purbrick as well as Lou Taylor, with representatives of organisations such as Amnesty International and Gatwick Detainee Visitors group in public sewing events.
The 2013 Design History Society’s conference, which ran from 5-9 September, was themed 'Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives'. The panel convened by Nicola Ashmore and Megha Rajguru was entitled Exhibiting South Asia 1901-2012 and included papers from doctoral student Denise Gonyo and Claire Wintle, who spoke about ‘Decolonising the Museum: India at the Smithsonian, 1958-1970.’
Yunah Lee, also of DHMCRG, presented research ‘Re-telling history in post-colonial Korean fashion and popular culture’ and Annebella Pollen chaired sessions on 'Cultural Colonialism and Postcolonial Textiles'.