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Jasmina Metwaly, Anbar (Badrawi’s atelier), 2019, 2K video, color, sound, 19 minutes 10 seconds. Installation view, 2020.

Jasmina Metwaly, Anbar (Badrawi’s atelier), 2019, 2K video, color, sound, 19 minutes 10 seconds. Installation view, 2020.

Jasmina Metwaly

Arsenal Gallery

Fabric is many things: It has been covering our naked skin for millennia and can serve as an important conduit for the transmission of cultural memory. Today, it is mostly a commodity, one so common and available that, from the comfort of our innocence (or ignorance), we have allowed the conditions of its production to simply fade from view. In the twenty-first century, those who sew clothing, primarily women and children, are soldiers on the front lines of global production, trade, power, and violence; their labor is deliberately concealed, locked away in wretched sweatshops for popular chains that feed the glitter and glamour of the fashion industry by flooding the markets with more goods than can be consumed. In the four video works presented in her exhibition “Anbar: Exercises in Mimicry,” Polish Egyptian artist Jasmina Metwaly envisaged clothing’s site of production under the designation

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