Traditional clothing has played and still plays an important symbolic role in the preservation of national values and cultural heritage and in the creation of a feeling of unity of the people. Traditional clothing and costumes are garments worn to indicate national, cultural or religious identity and it’s understating is very important and especially today when in time of globalisation, our cultures and origins are becoming more fragile each day.
The idea of THE CULTURAL VAULT project is to document and physically preserve information about various aspects of cultures of mankind, from costumes, language, tradition, architecture and history to art, literature, and music. This is a long-term project as its message goes beyond all boarders in order to show rich history, emotions, tradition and meaning of every culture.
The first step in The Cultural Vault project is photographic collection and documentation of cultures and their traditional costumes. Every costume will be presented on the similar way to underline each detail and give clear and precise information of each costume and also allow the collaboration with different photographers worldwide.
Soon I'll be happy to give you more details about coming exhibition in Vienna and also some other exhibitions worldwide. There is also a fine art photography book in preparation with a story behind every costume, its tradition and culture.
Sales from this book will be used to finance the next shooting and the next step of the project, which is the installation and preservation of THE CULTURAL VAULT itself.
City of Vienna has 6 Flak towers (concrete fortresses which meant to serve as platforms for anti-aircraft guns) from WWII. THE CULTURAL VAULT could find its place in one of these Flak towers where the collected information could be preserved and exhibited.
This project is primarily self-funded and will solicit different local and international partners to support it in different possible ways. If you would like to participate and support the project at any level, feel free to contact me directly.
THE CULTURAL VAULT was born from a conviction that gathering and documenting all these details will help not only preserving every single information of traditions that are about to disappear. It will help us to understand and embrace our differences, bring us better knowledge and open our way of comprehending each other.