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Upcoming presentation: A Story We Can Put on Ourselves — Textile Storytelling and an (Un)Usual Leather Jacket

Posted on: Jun 8, 2022

Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Linguistics and Language Education proudly presents


Presented by Kalina Kukielko

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 12:00 pm MST (8:00 pm CEST)

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The aim of the talk is to present the concept of storytelling, which is expressed through textiles (readymade clothes, tailoring materials) and handicrafts (embroidery, crochet, knitting, etc.), the elements of clothing or everyday human environment, often the closest one.

In this case, the means and matter of the story are not words or sounds; they are textiles sewn or remade in such a way, that they represent the story created by their authors. Clothes or clothes accessories can also be the subject of a story, a pretext for drawing a broader social context in which textiles play a socially or culturally significant role.

The primary subject of the talk is the work of three Canadian artists: Leanne Prain, Rosa Halpern and Rita Leistner, whose ideas are all intertwined in a special leather jacket.

Kalina Kukielko is an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Szczecin, Poland. In her research activity, she primarily focused on the relationships between means of communication prevailing in a given period and social life and individual human life. For over 20 years, she has been exploring Marshall McLuhan’s theory of media, and especially his conception of art and artistic practice.

In 2019, she was a Visiting Scholar at Concordia University of Edmonton with her project on Rita Leistner’s war photography. Kalina’s book published in 2021 and titled Współczesna wojna na fotografiach Rity Leistner which loosely translates to Contemporary War in Rita Leistner’s Photographs is based on that project.. She recently began work on her new project about fashion revolutions in the context of McLuhan’s theory.