The work of Pierre Antoine Vettorello focuses on using textile design and clothes as a foundation for 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 methods learned during tours 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 manufacture 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.

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

He is Afropean, grew up in Bordeaux, France and now works and lives in Brussels (Belgium). 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. He is currently a Ph.D. research fellow at the University of Antwerp and Sint Lucas Antwerp School of Arts.

 

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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

 

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Education

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.

 

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Teaching

Since January 2022

Istituto Marangoni Paris.

Teaching master's students (Designer 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)

Spring 2021

Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels.

Teacher of fashion and textile design applications, project monitoring at the Executive Masters in Knitting Design program.

(French)

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Lectures

May 2022

Dakar Design Hub, Dakar.

Lecture and workshop about archival iconography and historiography.

(French)

October 2022

Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerpen.

Lecture and workshop about archival, ecopoetics and fashion.

(English)

Royal Academy of Fine Arts, fashion dept., Antwerp

Rethinking Design: fashion, decolonization, and ecopoetic pathways to hidden narratives. Guest lecturer for bachelor's degree students.

(English)

December 2022

LUCA / school of arts, Ghent.

Rethinking Design: fashion, decolonization, and ecopoetic pathways to hidden narratives. Public lecture

(English)

 

April 2021

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Publications

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

Vettorello, Pierre-Antoine (2021) A conversation with Diana Bamimeke and Rima Hamid, Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design, special issue of TYPP. Antwerp: Yellow Press, pp. 35-42.

https://www.adma.be/typp

October 2022

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

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

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