Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Way You Wore; How Gender Roles and Society's Expectations Influence Our Clothing

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Way You Wore; How Gender Roles and Society's Expectations Influence Our Clothing

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Javier Encalada

CROSSFADE is a performance piece by Lismore artist AnA Wojak collaborating with Melbourne artist Jessi Lewis.

The work will explore the significance of gender roles in identity and the consequences of transgressing those codes.

Wojak said this is a piece that is close to her and Lewis' hearts because it looks at roles imposed by society based on the clothes we wear.

"We live in a world where we are constantly having our gender roles imposed on us," she said.

"The 'signifier' of your role is what you wear.

"It's not just about gender; it's also about the fact that within our genders we have roles imposed upon us."

Wojak explained that every change a person makes to their appearance may also change expectations society sets upon them.

"Look at what we call 'power dressing', or whether a woman wears lipstick or not. Suddenly it changes how she is perceived.

"What you wear affects how you move, how you present yourself. …

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