Talk: The Politics of Textiles

In this panel discussion, Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith, is joined by Dr Andrew Brooks, author of ‘Clothing Poverty: The hidden world of fast fashion and secondhand clothes’, to speak to the problematic nature of textile production in this consumer driven world of fast – fashion and interior design.

Our speakers:

Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith OBE is a curator, writer and speaker. As founding Director of Alchemy until 2018, she has undertaken a number of major artistic programmes in partnership with cultural, academic and public sectors. She was previously Head of Special Projects, National Media Museum, Bradford; Director of Arts, Arts Council, Yorkshire and Senior Curator, Bradford Galleries and Museums. She has contributed to numerous international and national publications including books and journals on subjects ranging from contemporary art, Indian jewellery, textiles, and curatorial practice. Dr Poovaya – Smith’s collection for Cartwright Hall, Bradford is the focus of the current exhibition: Unbound.

Dr Andrew Brooks is a Senior Lecturer in Development and Environment at King’s College London. Andrew’s research seeks to understand the uneven growth of the world economy. He is interested in how different patterns of consumption shape lives around the world and the environmental impacts of plant, animal and synthetic products. Published in 2015, Clothing Poverty – The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes follows the journey of a pair of jeans on a vivid around-the-world tour from cotton fields to retail stores and shows how new and second-hand clothes are traded across continents and traces the human and environmental impacts of production and consumption.

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Please note that the exhibition and building will need to close at 4.30pm in order to set-up for this event. Doors will re-open at 6pm, where there will be an opportunity to view the exhibition before the event, which will start promptly at 6.30pm. Seating is unreserved.

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