On July 8th, Francesca Granata will be speaking on the grotesque in contemporary fashion at the Benaki Museum in Athens, in conjunction with the exhibition ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion. Professor Granata’s talk is based on her article “Decentering Fashion: Carnival, Performance and the Grotesque Body” to be published in the upcoming Not a Toy: Radical Character Design in Fashion and Costume (Atopos and Pictoplasma, September 2011).
“ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion” includes contemporary designers whose work questions aesthetic norms, particularly bodily norms by making reference to character-design. It is curated by Vasilis Zinadiakis, creative director of ATOPOS, a non profit for the exploration of contemporary visual culture. Professor Granata’s visit is made possible by the American Embassy in Athens.