Today 14. Jan – 22. May 2022

Šejla Kamerić: THE PARTY IS OVER

Place: Kunsthaus Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB), die Zentralbibliothek – Städtische Bibliotheken Dresden und Kleines Haus / Staatsschauspiel Dresden

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We are pleased to announce that the first project of the new year will start in cooperation with Šejla Kamerić: THE PARTY IS OVER is an action in public spaces on sustainability and fast fashion. With her action, Šejla Kamerić opens the artistic discourse on the topics of sustainability and the future handling of resources. The public art action THE PARTY IS OVER – DIE PARTY IST VORBEI deals with the ever faster cycles of fast fashion: fashion is offered at dumping prices and then often disposed of outside the EU under the pretext of ‚humanitarian aid‘.

  • * Since 1996, the amount of clothing bought per person in the EU has increased by 40% after prices have plummeted, shortening the lifespan of clothing.
  • * Europeans consume almost 26 kilos of textiles every year and throw away about 11 kilos of them. Globally, less than 1% of clothing is recycled as garments.
  • * Clothing causes the fourth largest environmental impact after housing, transport and food. The production of clothing and shoes causes more CO2 emissions than global shipping and air travel combined.

In addition to the Kunsthaus Dresden as the sponsor of the action, the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, the Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB) and the Zentralbibliothek – Städtische Bibliotheken Dresden are places of presentation and partners for this art project.

For the public action THE PARTY IS OVER, various black and white garments will be selected and bought in second-hand shops for less than 50 pence per piece shortly before they would end up in the landfills of the Balkans. The selected garments are re-labelled with the words THE PARTY IS OVER and smuggled back to wealthy European countries where they are offered for free in various public places (street corners, public parks, theatres, libraries, exhibition spaces, etc.). Passers-by and visitors are invited to take the newly labelled clothes and wear them in public or in private. Šejla Kamerić will collect photos and videos of participants wearing, staging and sharing the clothes as part of a joint ongoing social media campaign: #thepartyisover2020s. The message is directed at all of us: The party is over.

Statement of the artist Šejla Kamerić:

„We are all part of a system that is broken. We exploit too much, produce too much, consume too much, dispose of and destroy irrationally. We prefer not to see the devastation we cause. the devastation we cause. But the existential angst is real. Fashion waste is a fashion. This phenomenon is both an expression and proof of a broken system that no longer broken system that no longer functions. The message ‚The Party is Over‘ is directed at all of us. The party is over! This public action is a work of art, but also a label that allows us to to reflect on the fears for the future in which we live.“


We invite you to take part in the action!

A download with a description of what to do and how to participate can be found below.

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