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borders / granice - photo exhibition by Piotr Bondarczyk & Piotr Sikora - Polish traditional costumes presented by people of different nationalities!
Wondering how SJ bloggers haven’t screamed cultural appropritation yet :D. I like the photos though.
What’s the point of this… Why?
This makes me genuinely angry. If I was to wear, say, a sari, the SJW’s would flip shit. Yet this is ok? These costumes belong to the POLISH. It isn’t there’s to take.
Oh man the amount of white butthurt in this is amazing
Nevermind that the two people who set up the photoshoot and got all these different people to wear the costumes ARE POLISH
If an Indian person invited you to their wedding and offered to lend you their sari so you would fit in, I doubt any of the Indian people at the wedding would be offended. Because someone who owns the culture and it’s costumes invited you into it. If you just find a sari somewhere and put it on and then act like you’re so ~innovative~ then yes, that’s cultural appropriation.
I don’t really know why I’m bothering to address you though, given your profile, I don’t expect your ignorant gringa ass to understand.
They REALLY don’t grok the ‘sharing vs. theft’ aspect of appropriation, do they?
The photos are amazing. I’m really smitten with them. I’m not smitten with the smug, ignorant whining.
Dear Confused White People, this isn’t appropriation in the sense of cherry-picking iconic and representational bits of a culture in order to enhance one’s fashion or status. This is accurate representation of (and maybe even original) traditional Polish costume, in full, worn by people of colour in such a way as to showcase the art and skill involved in the creation of those costumes. The art here, I expect, is in the cognitive dissonance (in whites, mostly) between the costume and the skin colour of each model. The whole of the costume is shown together and not broken down into meaningless elements.
Furthermore, appropriation is specifically a ‘downward’ act, in that it’s done by people with more sociopolitical power to the objects and elements of a culture belonging to those with significantly less power. Appropriation divorces (generally) iconic and powerful elements of a culture from that culture and its people in order to increase the power and pleasure of a second group that already has more sociopolitical power, thereby erasing the context and meaning of those elements and further disempowering those in the originating culture.
I am rather baffled that you people don’t understand this kind of basic context though I guess I shouldn’t be. It’s just that it’s not very complicated and if you’ve got the wherewithal to be on Tumblr complaining about it you do have the means by which to have educated yourself on the subject. If you don’t get it at this point, you really need to take a seat and stop playing ‘gotcha’ like you’re trying to win points in a trivia game when other people who call out real appropriation are trying to take back their cultures, their origins, and their history from the great white threshing machine of which you’re presently a working part.
I feel as though people always forget that THERE ARE EUROPEANS WHO ARE NOT WHITE.
THERE ARE A FUCKTON OF PoC EUROPEANS.
There are PoC who have been living in Europe for hundreds of years, who view themselves as culturally [insert European nationality/ethnicity/culture here], but who are constantly told & reminded that despite the expectation that they must be the ones to assimilate into the dominant culture, they are “not” of the dominant ethnicity or race in the region & are not permitted or strongly discouraged from having the same sense of national or cultural pride as White Europeans.
This is actually a huge fucking issue in many parts of Europe.
It makes me really, really happy to see White Europeans going out of their way to be inclusive of non-White Europeans.
And, there is a huge difference between being invited to participate in a cultural tradition & straight cherry picking aspects from another culture because you think they are “cool” or “exotic” or whatever.
YES. There ARE Polish people of color. And these pictures make me so happy.
I was looking at ideas for costumes that would go around my wheelchair and I found all these! How cute are these kids!
These are literally the cutest and so incredibly creative holy moly
this makes me so happy :’)
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