04 September 2008

Change and Progress

I've been thinking a lot about this since I got here and then went to the new Max place that's like an American-style mall. I think, in the whole scheme of things, it's actually very cool to have so many obvious dichotomies present in a societal sort of situation -- and maybe that's one of the points of the film Iné Svety, which is about this region.

For example, when walking on the street, one sees young people in jeans and t-shirts, obviously looking skater, goth or hipster, and then at the other end of the spectrum, older ladies dressed pretty traditionally. Since I didn't want to/couldn't whip out my camera to take pictures, I drew one instead:The colors may vary, and most of the blouses and skirts have a pattern in them but like woven into the fabric, not a different color. The goal does not seem to be to dress in complementary colors, either. On one hand, hardly anyone dresses like this, and on the other hand, enough older ladies do to merit discussion. By the outward sign of dressing this way, these women tend to represent one part of all of these drastic changes that have happened here over the last 15 or so years. It's almost like a physical manifestation of their memories.

1 comment:

Asiat Averas said...

well hello there Maria! its taisa. i could not live w/ what those women are wearing, but they are soooooooo cooL!!! i couldn't pull of an outfit like that and i'm glad someone sticks to tradition... even if it isn't me: )