Ben Cain and Tina Gverovic: The Collective-Work Clothing Department is Not Closed, 2022

BoSA - Briefing on Soft Arts is a curatorial project of the Center for Research of Fashion and Clothing (CIMO) that deals with contemporary artistic practices in the field of soft (textile) arts. In 2022 CIMO commissioned a new work by artists Ben Cain and Tina Gverović. In the work entitled The Collective-Work Clothing Department is Not Closed the focus is on workwear, especially the garment called kuta (dust coat), which represents a semantic concentrate in which the history and social image of the worker is rewritten. In the process of taking body measurements, with an analytical and documentary approach, the authors bring to life the structure and fragments of the body as an important basis for the future construction, production and new appearance of workwear. The initial work garment now represents the memory of the connection between the body and work through the emphasized treatments of the surface transformation of the kuta that has different layers of human work woven into it. Departing from the usual normative codes of work uniforms, kuta is poeticized and speaks of the subversion and disjunction inscribed in the patterns and cuts of work clothes.


The opening of the exhibition will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022. at noon.

The exhibition is open until November 27, 2022.


Curators of the BoSA project: Tonči Vladislavić, Lea Vene, CIMO – Center for Research of Fashion and Clothing

Expert associate: Maja Arčabić, MGZ

Photographer: Sanja Bistričić Srića

Design: Barbara Majnarić


The project is supported by: the City of Zagreb and the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.