Interdisciplinary artist Nellie Gossen’s Returns is an imaginative convergence of dance, labour and garment fabrication: an innovative experiment and month-long artistic enquiry into the standard 30-day retail return policy.
Garments of all kinds are purchased and brought to the studio where they are carefully disassembled, and their materials reimagined into new forms. Gossen works alongside dance artist Erika Mitsuhashi, clothing artist Jaewoo Kang and visual artist tone puorro to construct an ever-shifting landscape of garment constellations, sculptural configurations, and unfolding movement scores. At the end of the 30-day period, all garments are meticulously reconstructed back into their original forms and returned to stores for a full refund.
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1-4pm on January 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30
5-8pm on January 8, 11, 12, 21, 28, 29, February 1-3
This performance installation considers the intricacies of modern production and consumption, and how we might move, work, wear and breathe within the folds of consumer capitalism. The installation is presented alongside a photo exhibition documenting the ongoing process.
Concept and Direction: Nellie Gossen
Performers: Nellie Gossen, Erika Mitsuhashi, Jaewoo Kang and tone puorro
Choreographic Mentorship: Emmalena Fredriksson
Sound Design: Nancy Tam
Production Manager/Technical Director: Paula Viitanen Aldazosa
Stage Manager: Sierra Megas
Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Photos by Nellie Gossen and Mariama Sow