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Swap your clothes!
Fashion can change wildly from generation to generation, where grandparents, children and their grandchildren looking totally opposed in their style. Asian artist Qozop decided to exploit this difference by asking people to switch their outfits with their grandparents and parents.
The artist has explored the role of clothes in society by getting different generations of relatives to swap their styles. In his 'Spring-Autumn' project, he persuaded people from different Asian nations – from China and India to Malaysia - to try on the clothes of their elders. It not only highlights the age gap but also the difference of identity.
He explains: "Basically, this idea for Spring-Autumn came about from a notion that though Asia has become westernised to a large degree, it is still possible to witness its traditions and cultures. And as an Asian society, our cultural beliefs are often reflected in our dressing. Fashion (other than wrinkles) is one of the best tell tales of how old a person is, or what generation they hail from. Skinny jeans just aren’t a thing for old people. But! Imagine a world where people of a certain age need not necessarily dress a certain way. People should be able to wear what they want and have fun with clothes regardless of their age. To explore the issues of age and identity, I decided to do a mirror portrait series of youths swapping clothes with their elder relatives, literally placing them in the others' shoes. My process is simple - first I capture photos of the subjects in their regular clothes. Then, I get the subjects to swap their outfits, and original poses are reproduced. It was easy to get the kids to agree to be photographed; the older folks required a little coaxing. But once they have been photographed, they were often curious and amused to see themselves in their child's or grandchild's attire - some were so comfortable in their new getup that they joked that they wanted to remain in that attire for the rest of the day!"
What the photos highlight isn’t a lesson in fashion, but rather one in the understanding of self. None of the participants look odd or ridiculous in the other’s clothing, just that they are highlighting a different part of their personalities. After all, even those in the autumn of their life are young at heart.
wildly - széles körben
generation - generáció
opposed - ellentétes, valamivel szembeni
to exploit - kiaknázni, kihasználni
to switch - váltani, átváltani
outfit - öltözet
to explore - felfedezni, kutatni
role - szerep
society - társadalom
to swap - elcserélni, cserélni, váltani
to persuade - meggyőzni
elder - idősebb
to highlight - kiemelni, kihangsúlyozni
gap - űr, rés
identity - identitás, azonosság
notion - elképzelés, vélemény, eszme
though - bár, habár
westernised - nyugatiasított
to a large degree - nagy mértékben
to witness - tanúja lenni valaminek
belief - hit, hiedelem
to be reflected - visszatükröződve lenni
wrinkle - ránc
to hail - valahova valósinak lenni
skinny jeans - szűk farmernadrág
certain - bizonyos
necessary - szükség, szükségesség
regardless of - tekintet nélkül valamire
issue - ügy, kutatás
literally - szó szerint
to capture a photo - elkapni egy fotót
subject - alanya valaminek
regular - szokásos, megszokott
to be reproduced - reprodukálva lenni
to require - igényelni, szükséges valami
coaxing - hízelgés
curious - kíváncsi
attire - ruha, öltözet
to remain - megmaradni
rather - inkább
understanding of - valaminek a megértése
odd - különc, fura
ridiculous - nevetséges