GRAFO Open Seminar Series: Fall 2017-2018


December 3rd 2018. Classroom 216. Faculty of Arts and Humanities. 16-18h.

- Dress-scapes, performativity and visual methods. Film screening of Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra and discussion. Mara Lin Visser (investigadora y cineasta independiente).

Mara Lin Visser will present her ethnographic film Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra and talk about the related research in Ghana on the expression of African pride and positioning through dress by cosmopolitans. She will link this research to the research she would like to do within the getp-GRAFO research group. Her idea is to do a research project on performativity, gender expression and queer communities in Barcelona with visual and participatory methods. There will be room for discussion and questions.

Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra (2015, 36min).

Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra is an ethnographic film and research about African fashion in the capital of Ghana. The comeback of African print seems to be emerging in the fashion system of Accra. While following Allan, a fashion designer and his wife Cynthia, this mosaic film shows the great diversity of tailor-made fashion and hybrid styles; the ways the African wear is used and the expression of culture by wearing the African prints.

The film gives an interesting overview of dress-scapes in Accra, but also highlights beautiful details by focusing on a few participants who show the mixture of different materials, cuts and styles in a creative and free atmosphere. In this way the film is not only observational, it gives people space to tell their story and show they are proud on the African wear. During de film the process of sowing a dress shows not only the marriage of fabric & design, tradition & creativity, but also of husband & wife.


You can access the film's teaser here.




15th of June 2018. 16h-18h. Sala de Juntes. Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres.

- Proyects and agreements of the GRAFO group

To see the poster clearly, please click here.

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