‘Wear The Right Thing’: VCUarts Qatar exhibition on streetwear brings top-end brands to Doha

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The exhibition offers streetwear fans in Qatar an opportunity to view designs from luxury brands, as well as those contributed by private individuals
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Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university’s ‘Wear The Right Thing’ exhibition brought top-end streetwear brands, and the work of world-renowned streetwear photographers, to Doha.

VCUarts Qatar conducted a first-of-its-kind exhibition on a clothing style that has acquired a steady base of followers in almost every country on the planet – streetwear. Titled ‘Wear The Right Thing’, the exhibition is open to the public until October 23, at The Gallery at VCUarts Qatar in Education City, said a Press note from VCUarts Qatar.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view designs by famous streetwear designers including the luxury fashion chain Balenciaga, as well as items contributed by private collectors from around the world.

‘Wear The Right Thing’ also has photographs and videos by world-renowned streetwear photographers and documentarians such as Jamel Shabazz from the US, and Mohamed Bourouissa and Sara Sadik from France, on display. It is the first time that the works of the three photographers are being simultaneously exhibited at one venue.

The exhibition will be open from 9 am to 5 pm each day from Sunday to Thursday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. Visitors are requested to follow all Ministry of Public Health regulations related to safety and health. Further information and details related to ‘Wear The Right Thing’ can be found on The Gallery at VCUarts Qatar’s new website https://gallery.qatar.vcu.edu/

“‘Wear The Right Thing’ offers streetwear fans in Qatar an opportunity to view designs from luxury brands, as well as those contributed by private individuals,” Isabelle St. Louis, Manager of Exhibitions and Lectures at VCUarts Qatar said as she explained the concept of the exhibition.

“The exhibition also captures streetwear’s quest for identity. For instance, the streetwear photographs by Jamal Shabazz, Mohamed Bourouissa and Sara Sadik embrace the humbler attitude and vulnerability that we all have in front of a lens, and in certain moments of our lives.”

And she added, “Not many people know that Jamel Shabazz, considered to be the pioneer of street photography, influenced other artists including Mohamed Bourouissa. Today, Bourouissa mentors a new generation of artists in France, including Sara Sadik. For the first time, the works of the three artists – linked together by a creative legacy – are uniting in one venue.”

The allure of streetwear lies in its universality. Irrespective of gender, age or social standing, streetwear – the collective name commonly used to refer to clothing and accessories such as jeans, hoodies, t-shirts, sneakers and caps – is popular among celebrities and the general public alike for the level of comfort and functionality it provides the wearer.

Streetwear has also evolved to be a popular symbol of youth culture due to its association with music styles such as Hip Hop and Rap, sports such as surfing, skateboarding and basketball, and as the preferred style of office wear for most Silicon Valley IT employees.

The fashion style has also come to be linked to university life, with most institutes of higher education using their branding across streetwear items such as hoodies, caps, sneakers, scarves and t-shirts. Street photography played a very important role in documenting the new trends in streetwear.

The visual works of Shabazz, Bourouissa and Sadik capture this universal appeal of streetwear from different parts of the globe. With multiple successful publications to his name, Shabazz’s work has been acquired by leading institutions such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C. Currently, Shabazz is represented by the Galerie Bene Taschen in Germany.

Bourouissa’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Centre Pompidou de Paris, the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the base in Frankfurt am Main, the Ball, Paris, the Haus der Kunst, Munich and the FRAC Franche-Comté in Besançon.

The Marcel Duchamp Prize nominee was also selected for the Prix Pictet photography prize. His works belong to leading collections, including that of the LACMA in Los Angeles, the Centre Pompidou, and the Maison européenne de la photographie in Paris, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Sadik completed her MFA from Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France. Her work has been shown internationally at Frac PACA in Marseille, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Karma International in Zurich, Art Athina Fair in Athens, and MoMA Warsaw for Open’er Festival in Gdynia.

The exhibition is curated by Julie Boukobza and Ali Khan.

The Gallery at VCUarts Qatar worked with the French Embassy in Doha to organise this exhibition.

[Pic courtesy VCUarts Qatar media release]

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