PROTEST GARMENT LAB 
 

Collaborators

Miranda Betancourt, Eric Guy, Andrea Miros Ramírez, Patricia Fonseca Monteiro (with PrintRoom), Asiya Toorawa, Woori Sori (Our Voice)

For Protest Garment Lab, I am collaborating with other artists, fashion designers, and makers to create garments to be activated and worn during protest. The garments have hidden protest banners and slogans created within them to protect the wearer of the garments. When they are opened up, they highlight a moment of transformation and embolden the wearer of the garment. This is an ongoing and growing project. The first iteration of this project with Miranda Betancourt, Eric Guy and Andrea Miros Ramírez was made with the support of Loyola University, Chicago. Videography by Milo Mendoza. 

Ni Una Mas Ni Una Menos by Miranda Betancourt

Mi Baile es Mi Llanto de Guerra by Andrea Ramírez

Fight the Real Enemy by Eric Guy 

Tax the Rich by Miranda Betancourt

Capitalism Sucks by Eric Guy 

Who is Free in the Land of the Free? by Asiya Toorawa

Protect Black Futures by Asiya Toorawa

Protest Garment Lab x Woori Sori (Our Voice)

Woori Sori (meaning Our Voice) is all-women's percussion group that creates a space for people to share the powerful connection through dance, singing, and playing drums. The group normally plays four of the traditional Korean percussion instruments involved in pungmul.  

 

Each of the four instruments represents different aspects of the universe and nature: the kkwaenggwari (smaller gong) – stars and thunder; jing (gong) – sun and wind; buk (barrel drum) – moon and cloud; and janggu (hourglass drum) – rain, and the pungmul players are the people who walk upon the land to tie the spirits and body.

 

Historically, pungmul was played for harvesting rituals, collective farming labor, community celebrations, and gathering people for action to resist colonial power. 

 

Pungmul is not only designed for performance but creates a space to celebrate the lives of all individuals and communities and lift up collective power. Today, it continues to be played by people all over the world to celebrate Korean culture and resist oppression. 

 

Woori Sori is drumming to bring people together not only for performance but also a collective ritual that bridges the powerful connections to celebrate community and gather power to make the transformation. 

 

While such space was dominated by men culturally and historically, Woori Sori came together in 1995 led by a group of leaders at KAN-WIN, and now also HANA Center, whose mission is to fight against gender-based violence, and now opened to a larger community that shares values. Multi-generational members of Woori Sori bring various backgrounds as mothers, sisters, community workers, and churchgoers, but the common thread tying us together is our commitment to work together to achieve gender, racial, and social justice.

Trailer - Full video available upon request

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Loyola University Chicago.