'Skin me tonight' with Elza Ozolite, Berlin Gallery Weekend, Sep 2020 Voo Store, Berlin
"Part of our daily life. Support. Skinned to be underneath us. Skinned to hold us, to comfort us. Seamed and pressed into designs.
From animal to object. From sensitive to numb. From alive to dead."
An art performance directed by Mainline:RUS/Fr.CA/DE performed by Berlin-based artist Eliza Ozolite, exploring the preconditioned life of animal skins. Hosted by Voo Store, the event took place during Gallery Weekend in Berlin, presenting a sustainable concept of reusing materials.
Leather is an important fabrication within everyone’s wardrobe, used for classic and timeless staple pieces. The industrial and technical success, as well as global trading, has changed and therefore harms our environment and skin resources - the animals. Those skins lost their face and value.
Being mindful and responsible for the heritage and production of those raw materials was the key starting point of introducing leather to Mainline’s practice. Mainline’s ethos has been exemplified by the work with deadstock fabrications and since AW20, upcycled leather. By recontextualising a material’s initial purpose and value, the potential that lies beyond the limits of the societal cliché of unwanted furniture gets unveiled and activated.
Materials that can survive through centuries are a sign of viability - the sophisticated craft that comes with it. Leather has a strong association with safety and protection, which contradicts cruelty and brutality from where it’s sourced.
During the performance, the furniture got skinned step by step until the structure of the sofa has been exposed.
Made in London 100% Recycled
Asif Leather Jacket is a one-off artisanal piece, constructed with the recycled leather from performances and futitures found in London and Berlin streets. This leather line is a move preconditioned timeline of animal skin, exploring society’s relationship with leather and offering a sustainable concept for reusing waste. Using the discarded leather sofa as a reference and recontextualising the material’s initial purpose and value, the potential that lies beyond the limits of the societal clichés of unwanted furniture gets unveiled and activated.