IBK – Institut für bildende Kunst
Fachbereich Textuelle Bildhauerei

Nour Shantout

Museum of Smuggled Dresses

“Museum of smuggled dresses” is a research-based project which looks at the representation of Palestinian embroidered dresses “thobes” in ethnographic museums from a post-colonial perspective, and traces the stories of my grandmother`s dresses, and the symbols behind her cross stitched “fallahi” dresses.

This fictional museum presents various stories of the embroiderers who taught me how to stitch in post-war Damascus. Following ethnographic aesthetics, there will be a contradiction between what spectators expect to read and what they see, furthermore, a counter-narrative method plays a fundamental role in unravelling knowledge production and historicizing in such sites.


Foto © eSeL – Joanna Pianka