Naïma Trabelsi

La Grand Bleu

A gentle and beautiful call for attention - Tender, empowering, simultaneous, sensitive, strong

My work resembles a searching path of engagement and examination of a subtle critique of Eurocentric Orientalism. In doing so, I address a 'new female body' and an image of women that is liberated from both archetypes of Islam and the Western-centered gaze and its institutionalization.

How can this liberation from structures of patriarchy and Western feminism be achieved? How do representations and fantasies of non-Western cultures work? How can a value-free analysis of society be achieved in spite of this? And how does a visual and practical realization of these questions succeed in an explorative aesthetic practice?

The aim is to subtly and quietly break with prejudiced and mutual projections and to show the need for a change of perspective. A call for a change of perspective in the East-West feminist conflict, an artistic and non-sensational approach with a subtle involvement of the audience. I am interested in a deeper investigation of mechanisms of 'orientalist' attributions, in order to develop, create and nourish of a self-evident way in how to deal with this feminist and racist topic.

It's about healing wounds with beauty. About romantic sensitivity and empathy. Androgynous undertones are juxtaposed with elements of textbook femininity. My designs appear strong and empower women, while remaining sensual and tender. They wrap uncompromisingly and equally expose skin and body openings. Not striking, but intertwined in performative movement.

Live the simultaneity!

The power lies in the sensitivity, in the emotional and empathic instinct. It's about working with the
aesthetically familiar and subtly irritating. In my concept of fashion, fashion is never identical with its instrumentalization.

Elements of classic, Western-located menswear tailoring collide with religiously associated womenswear and blossom into something new and free and ‘third’. Floral prints are used to irritate, challenge the eye and play with feminine stereotypes.
Glasses made of window glass become a striking symbolic accessory, ironically depicting fragility and artificial dominance, inviting us to question these very things ceaselessly.
To come closer with open eyes to a humanistic, emphatic and self-reflective community.