My name is Ammar Albonya. I’m twelve years old and I’m from Syria. Our own crisis started in January 2013 when my father disappeared, who I loved more than anyone in this world. But no matter how difficult my situation was, it didn’t stop me from going to school to try and fulfill my dreams. Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be an engineer.
The portrayal of the web as an eco-friendly space free of waste is inaccurate. Hidden Numbers is aiming to address such environmental issues that most aren’t aware of yet all participate in. Through generative visual poetry and textured sounds, Hidden Numbers is referencing the conflict that exists with our virtual interactions.
Time is one of the most precious things in life. Having a lot of it is a luxury. Another luxurious thing in life, for visual minds, is being surrounded by beautiful stuff. Objects, clothes, furniture … or in this case, serveware.
New technologies, a call for transparency and a circular economy, as well as various fashion revolutions, have opened up a dialogue on today’s issues within the fashion industry, highlighting worldwide what is happening and what we (should) do, design, produce, eat, wear … better. But do we also dare to question why?
Our phones seem to enhance our sense of being ‘in touch’ with the world and transform our world perceptually. Fixated on the screen as we are, we’re being drawn into a digital environment. Sometimes to such an extent that we forget about our physical bodies and the actual surroundings.
We live under an invisible web of infinite information that tracks, traces and outlines our every action. Forcing us at times to wear virtual masks to protect ourselves from the system, evoking an unnecessary fear that consequently obstructs us from blossoming transparently into our full emotional potential.
Limited co-existing space in an environment (the garment) functions as a device to allow the wearer to experience limitations and freedom all together at once, and to feel the architectural-like quality of the fabric that they reside in.
It's difficult to be born in a place where you are considered a refugee. Even though it’s a place where your mother belongs, a place where you got your education and spent all of your childhood, and most importantly, a place where you feel safe. But you are still known as a refugee.
My son will turn 18 soon. A long time ago, I promised to pay for his driver's license if he would refrain from smoking tobacco until he was 18. ‘Who cares about driving a car?’ he said when I reminded him about this promise the other week. ‘Soon cars will drive themselves.
Marius Janusauskas is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp who has been recognised for his intellectual take on both womenswear and menswear on various international talents’ platforms.