Founded in 2017 by Kim Hou and Paul Boulenger, ABOUT A WORKER is a "creative factory" that questions the place of the worker in our modern societies and the role of creation as a vector of social ties. The duo was in residence at Les Ateliers de Paris in 2019 and winner of the Grands Prix de la Création in 2020.
Through expressive collections designed by workers from all over the world and immersive experiences inspired by a variety of industrial contexts, ABOUT A WORKER exposes the realities of life behind fashion that is still all too opaque.
ABOUT A WORKER contributes to the personal development of workers and, more broadly, to team cohesion within the textile industry. Since its launch, this mobile factory has set up shop in textile workshops, cultural institutions, schools, associations and public places in Europe and Asia. Through creation and craftsmanship, ABOUT A WORKER seeks to initiate a dialogue between those who think, those who produce and those who consume fashion, in order to collectively imagine new alternatives for tomorrow.
MADE BY LOCALS (?)" exhibition at the Galerie des Ateliers in Paris
Winner of the Mondes Nouveaux program, ABOUT A WORKER will set out in 2022-2023 to meet fashion industry players in three regions of France. The aim is to work with them to question industrial relocation and to collectively imagine alternatives for production, creation and distribution in their territories.
After a successful first edition in Roubaix (Hauts-de-France), ABOUT A WORKER installs the immersive exhibition "MADE BY LOCALS (?)" at the Galerie des Ateliers in Paris from June 19 to July 8.
Renowned since the 14th century for overcoming numerous industrial, economic and cultural crises, the Hauts-de-France region today aspires to many social, eco-responsible and innovative initiatives. By bringing the exhibition to Paris, ABOUT A WORKER hopes to introduce the capital's fashion-conscious public to the valuable practices of a neighboring region.
On the programme:
- focus on the textile industry in Hauts-de-France: documentaries and investigations filmed in the region;
- free workshops The first of these: using textile scraps from the Hauts-de-France region, in partnership with local players and designers.