The Clothes, Cloth and Culture Group at the Stuart Hall Library

by Nicholas Brown


This article provides an introduction to a series of talks held in London examining the politics of cloth from a transnational perspective. The talks have been organized at The Stuart Hall Library, a unique resource for researching cultural identity and issues around race, gender, sexuality, class, difference, and the legacies of colonialism. The library is part of Iniva (The Institute of International Visual Arts) which explores global identities through the visual arts. The article describes previous exhibitions and symposia around textiles at Iniva and then looks at some key themes from the group, including the varied ways identity is performed through cloth.

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