Fashion & Freedom

[DWAN] is taking part in a super After Hours event by Instigate Arts, What IS She Wearing? for Wonder Women 2016.

From the Suffragettes to Red Lipstick Day, the Slut Walks and the Pussy Riots to butch and drag, women have long utilised that which is used to restrict them to strive for freedom and an identity on their own terms. Through an evening of intersectional feminist debate, performance and film, Instigate Arts explore the aesthetics of protest and consider how clothing and style are used to shape, define and own gender, sexuality and identity. Manchester Art Gallery, 3 March, 5pm-8pm

What IS She Wearing? foregrounds Manchester Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Fashion & Freedom – a teaser snippet shown below.

<p><a href=”″>Fashion &amp; Freedom</a> from <a href=””>Manchester Art Gallery</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


“i hate silence when it is time to speak”

By Kevin Burke: ‘i hate silence when it is time to speak’ is an exploration of the (in)visibility of women’s practice in history and contemporary contexts, considering how mechanisms and content of the “archive” can be unravelled and re-presented.

Using the open internet as my primary source of reference and material I was interested find out what narratives could be drawn and represented from a non-curated archive. I initial created the soundtrack/montage and then felt that a visual montage would help to enhance the piece.

The piece was originally created in direct response to a call out for the event:

Archiving Women’s Performance Practice
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 at 17:15
By: [DWAN] Digital Women’s Archive North