Hannah Constantina Rumiye Douramanis
In Spaces and Places of Fashion, John Potvin postulates that “...both fashion and space share in common the fact that they are modes and systems of representation...” (2009:10).
Aramaeans, indigenous to the Middle East, do not have a common ‘place’ to observe culture. Genocide and Westernisation have served to displace and disconnect.
A Pomegranate in the Hands of Gilgamesh (2023) explores ideas of a fragmented, lost cultural heritage, and rebirth. I create a physical space - a ‘mode of representation’ - for Aramaean people. A merging of ancient Middle Eastern and Western garment and accessory archetypes, motifs and artefacts, illustrates a tension between what is lost and what may be reincarnated in a modern, nuanced context.