Mella Jaarsma | the artist
The artist Mella Jaarsma
Born 1960, Emmeloord, Netherlands.
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, .
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I really wanted to create a work which could open up discussions between different kinds of people and to get people interested in different cultures, different religions and so on.
Refugee Only are two costumes that look more like a shelter than garmentt, one is made out of textiles for the common people (picture on the left), and a leather one with fancy buckles for the elite. These shelters refer to the current global reality of migration in which everybody has to be ready to become a refugee…
We wear a second skin every day that indicates our membership to specific groups in our cultural, social and religious surroundings. Wearing a veil, covering the body and face, on one hand can be seen as a dress code that signifies the group to which we belong. On the other hand, it conceals identity much in the way camouflage does. In both cases, it is about giving up individuality and personal identity for the sake of becoming unapproachable and untouchable…