Kleidungsaffe (Clothes Ape) is a delegated durational performance, first performed and created by Melati Suryodarmo in 2006. For three hours, a performer wraps their legs and arms around a tree of clothes – a 6.2 metres high pillar wrapped in colourful garments donated by Collection 4 Clothes, a West Midlands ethical recycling organisation.
The performance invites us to contemplate the relationship between our clothing consumption and desire to gain social status.
Presented as part of Melati Suryodarmo’s exhibition Passionate Pilgrim (17 May – 3 September 2023).
This exhibition is supported by Bagri Foundation, British Council through the Connections Through Culture grants programme, Birmingham City University, University of Leeds, and the Melati Suryodarmo Exhibition Circle: A.I. Gallery; ShanghART, Tanya Michele Amador and Michiel Verhoeven; and Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson.
It is developed in collaboration with Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia.
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