Category Archives: Hero

| HERO | Taslima Akhter

Taslima Akhter is a Bangladeshi photographer and garment worker activist. Through her documentary yet sympathetic lens, severe conditions in which clothing workers in Bangladeshi struggled are exposed and structural oppression of the fashion industry under close examination. With activist Kalpona Akter, who is listed BoF500 this year, Akhter is another crucial female who helps promote social awareness in the profit driven industry.

Stitching Together: Garment Workers in Solidarity is a show featuring her photographic works alongside quilts that are made out of material donated by the victims’ relatives.

The exhibition is on view in Photoville at Dumbo through September 23. Click to see more info about the exhibition.

| HERO | Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky

In 1926, the Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky designed the revolutionary Frankfurt Kitchen, which became the prototype of the built-in kitchen design now prevalent in the western world. Through the Frankfurt project as well as many other work, she reconsidered domestic labor architecturally, shedding light on the previously uncontested gender issue in the male dominated field of modern architecture.

(Frankfurt Kitchen, Plan. image courtesy of MoMA)

As a communist activist who vehemently reacted to German Nazism throughout her life, Schütte-Lihotzky constantly engaged design with politics, believing that two functions simultaneously, as an inseparable, social whole.