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Pierre-Antoine Vettorello's work focuses on using textiles and clothes as a foundation for his artistic narrative. He makes sculptural and statement silhouettes that represent militancy and poetry. Some are inspired by military technologies, ordinary materials, West African textiles and materials, and crafts learned during travels and workshops. As a designer, he seeks to incorporate hand-made processes and discarded elements into the creation of clothes and forms in order to center them in his work. As a human being and a scholar, he is challenging our personal relationship with our sartorial past, as well as how we create mythologies about 'designers' in Western nations, repeating colonial practices. He identifies how we view and get inspiration from the African continent, as well as how we interact with it.

He is currently involved in:

  • Researching as a PhD fellow at University of Antwerp and Sint Lucas School of Arts with his thesis 'Black Yarns'

  • Researching transmission of craftsmanship in Belgium via diasporic networks, University of Antwerp - FWO fellowship  'Crafting Futures' University of Antwerp

  • Teaching research methodology at the textile department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels 

  • Tutoring at Istituto Marangoni in Paris

He is Afropean, grew up in Bordeaux and works and lives in Brussels. He has an MA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, fashion department and an MA in Artistic Research from Sint Lucas School of Arts. 

Vettorello received the ASVOF Diane Pernet award in 2010 and Arise Award in 2011.

Awards & Fellowships

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Latest Work

May 2022

Villa Ndar, Institut Français du Sénégal, Saint-Louis

January - March 2022

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

January - March 2021

AAIR - Artist in Residence, Antwerp

Education

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Education

2021-2025

University of Antwerp (ARIA) & KdG Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp

Ph.D. Research Fellow (candidate)

2020

KdG Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp

Advanced Masters in Artistic Research within a Social & Political Context.

2010

Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Fashion dpt., Antwerp

Masters & Bachelor in Fashion Design.

2005

ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres, Paris

Certification in Textile Design.

Teaching

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Teaching

From September 2023

Spring 2021

Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels.

Teacher in research methodology, project monitoring at the Executive Masters in Knitting Design program.

(French)

Since January 2022

Istituto Marangoni Paris.

Teaching master's students (Design Thinking & Neo-Craftmanship) and tutor.

(English)

Since 2015

Oxbridge Academic Programs, Paris.

Teacher of fashion design, history of fashion and fashion criticism to grades 9-12 major and minor programs. Focus on Parisian Fashion.

(English)

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Lectures & Paper Presentations

From February until November 2023 in the following institutions: 

- University of Galway, "Unveiling New Perspectives Through Press Archives, News, Photography, and a Decolonial Lens (lecture), Galway, IE
- Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Disrupt! Imagine Fashion in the Post-Museum, the Archive and Beyond (lecture), Antwerp, BE
- Universität der KünsteDe-Fashioning Education conference (paper presentation), Berlin, DE (link)
- Institut Français de la Mode (IFM), Executive MBA Global Fashion Management (lecture), Paris, FR
- IFM Paris, IFM alumni association (lecture), Faverolles, FR
- Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule University of Art and Design, Master in fashion design (lecture), Halle, DE
- Trinity College Dublin,  Text & Techne online symposium (paper presentation), IE (Link)
- ​LUCA / school of arts, Masters (lecture), Brussels, BE

From May until December 2022 in the following institutions:

- Dakar Design Hub, Master Class (workshop), Popenguine, SN
- Sint Lucas School of Arts, Masters (lecture), Antwerpen, BE
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, fashion dept., 3rd year Bachelor (lecture), Antwerp, BE
- LUCA / school of arts, Master Textile (lecture), Ghent, BE

Publication

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Publications

October 2023 (upcoming)

On Colonial Violence in the Fashion School (ed.)

Vettorello, P.-A. (Ed.). (2023). On Colonial Violence in the Fashion School, The Yarn Zine #1. Antwerp: Black Yarns Publishings. (link)

March 2023

Decolonial Methods for Artists and Researchers from the Diasporas. Damien Ajavon: Archiving the Invisible

Vettorello, P.-A. (2023). ‘Decolonial Methods for Artists and Researchers from the Diasporas. Damien Ajavon: Archiving the Invisible | Méthodes Décoloniales Pour Artistes et Chercheurs des Diasporas. Damien Ajavon : Archiver L’Invisible’, Decoloniality & Fashion RCDF e-zine, (2), pp. 74-77. (link)

October 2022

The Curation of African Textiles in Belgian Fashion Museums from a Diasporic Viewpoint

Okemwa, N. & Vettorello, P.-A.  (2022). The Curation of African Textiles in Belgian Fashion Museums from a Diasporic Viewpoint, TYPP#8 Blind Spot. Antwerp: Yellow Press, pp. I-XVI.

April 2021

A conversation with Diana Bamimeke and Rima Hamid - Black Pride Ireland

Vettorello, P.-A. (2021). A conversation with Diana Bamimeke and Rima Hamid. TYPP Special Issue. Antwerp: Yellow Press, pp. 35-42.

https://www.adma.be/typp

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