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Introduction to making participatory clothes. A workshop by Lera Lerner

Bureau des transmissions
6 April 2019


During her workshop dedicated to the production of participatory outfits, St. Petersburg based artist Lera Lerner will demonstrate how to expand the functionality of everyday clothing using 3D embroidery, and engage in the performative exploration of spontaneous communication in a public environment.

Together with the group of participants, the artist will transform clothes into modern-day urban suits of armor, featuring four levels of protection:

– the body positive level: the embroidered elements will emphasize the “disadvantages” of one’s body by, paradoxically enough, diverting attention therefrom and thus helping to accept them

– escaping objectifying gazes by diverting them to the saving distance of humor

– the level of a boosting effect arising from spontaneous communication in an urban environment: in our Northern land, a wild-ish look will give you confidence and make you more powerful; this look is ambiguous: it has the potential to both attract and repel prospective interlocutors

– protection of freedom of self-expression level: advantages of various deviations as well as joys of a disobedient body will become available to you.

Together with the artist, the group will discuss such topics as the limits of the norm, body acceptance, and the power of an unplanned dialogue through the prism of wearing clothes


Lera Lerner (b. 1988, Leningrad) is performance and installation artist, author of creative research projects, curator, and founder of the Imaginary Museum of Displaced Faces. In 2012 she graduated from the Faculty of Biology and Soil Science of St. Petersburg State University and in 2015 completed PRO ARTE’s School for Young Artists (St. Petersburg). Lerner currently studies at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University.


Free admission with advance registration.

The workshop is in Russian without translation into English.

The workshop is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be translated into Russian Sign Language.


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