Bodil is a fashion designer whose core focus area is the art surrounding fashion. She investigates various aspects of 'the art of dressing up', the culture around the wearing of clothes and its expressions. Her work is informed by the connections she finds after thoroughly examining different cultural aspects that at first glance seem to be far apart. How can a connection between diverse styles enrich and uplift one another? Over the years Ouedraogo’s interests became more personal; her father is from Burkina-Faso and her mother from The Netherlands. The main connection she was looking for was one that united her bi-cultural identity. This amounts in her research on the different cultural ideas of what constitutes being “well dressed” in West-Africa in comparison to West-European ideas.
TO BLEND, TOGETHER
This work connects themes such as Afro Modernism, West African couture and African diaspora streetwear from Ouedraogo’s own context. In collaboration with streetwear brand, Patta Ouedraogo made a capsule collection in which the print of the tracksuits is based on bundling the wealth around the Bazin Rich fabric by manipulating and enlarging the fabric. A representation of the culture surrounding wearing the amount of luxury of the grandboubou, a luxury outfit from West-Africa.
PORT LA RICHESSE
The work is about how to wear the grandboubou, a luxury outfit from West-Africa, and all the etiquettes around it - you could see it almost as a tutorial video. It is about being well dressed, carrying the actual weight of the grandboubou and how it can force you to take up space because of its size. How can an outfit literally force you to be present and take up space in your surroundings.
Stimulating and facilitating top talent with affordable living and working space, a budget and a network – that is the goal of the 3Package Deal. This successful program of the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts (AFK) and Bureau Broedplaatsen in collaboration with renowned Amsterdam institutions is now regarded as the best practice in the field of talent development.
The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) invests in the arts which enrich the experience of life in the city of Amsterdam. The AFK encourages the quality, dynamism and diversity of the arts in Amsterdam, and contributes to the city's strong and richly varied cultural climate. The fund is available to all disciplines within the cultural sector, for cultural organizations and artists. The AFK supports both experimentation and proven quality, established organizations and those that are relatively new, the professional arts and amateur arts - from every district of the city. As a metropolitan cultural fund, the AFK offers support to high-quality cultural activities, it functions as a booster for the arts within the city and is an investor in a sustainable future for the cultural sector.
Bureau Broedplaatsen is part of the municipality of Amsterdam. Its task is to realize more affordable studios and (residential) workspaces for artists and incubator groups. Bureau Broedplaatsen does this in collaboration with target group organisations, city districts, central services, corporations, real estate agents, developers, and banks.
We thank our partners, the renowned Amsterdam cultural institutions listed below who take part in the 15 coalitions that select the participating artists and provide them with guidance and a supportive network. They are of vital importance to the program.
Film: Filmacademie / IDFA / EYE / Fashion: HTNK / Rolien Zonneveld / OSCAM / AMFI / Visual Art I: FOAM / Rietveld Acadamie / De Appel Arts Centre / Visual Art II: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Kunstverein / Rijksacademie / Engaged Art: Veem House of Performance / De Balie / De Ateliers / Public Realm: NDSM-Werf / Over het IJ Festival / Das Arts (AHK) / Theater: Academie voor Theater en Dans / Amerpodia / Theater Bellevue / Dance: ICK Artist Space / Frascati Theater / AHK / SNDO (AHK Dans) / Music: Conservatorium Amsterdam / Muziekgebouw aan het IJ / Melkweg / Cabaret: Academie voor Theater en Dans / De Kleine Komedie / Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival / Interhistoricity: Oude Kerk / Museum van Loon / H401 / Reinwardt Academie / Performance: Werkplaats Typografie (ArtEz) / If I Can’t Dance / Sandberg Instituut – Critical Studies / Social Design: Waag / Hackers&Designers / Framer Framed / Autodidact: Likeminds / Theater Bellevue / Theater De Meervaart / Bio Art and Design: Waag / Mediamatic / VU Amsterdam
Curated by Bogomir Doringer.
Event production by Rafael Kozdron.
Felix Meritis production by Rivka van der Berg.
Project leaders: Johanna Brils (AFK) and Naïma Bouchtaoui (Bureau Broedplaatsen).
Press contact: Emma Heinhuis (AFK)