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June 9, 2021 58 min

Elizabeth Wislar, Dede Ayite, & Clint Ramos discuss decolonizing the costume imagination. Decolonization is the active resistance against colonial powers. It is a shifting of political, economic, educational, cultural, & psychic independence & power to a nation’s own indigenous peoples. Decolonizing art requires an unlearning of white supremacy; a de-centering of Eurocentric ideals of art, aesthetic, & design; & the dismantling of institutions that are steeped in colonization, including capitalism & white American theatre.

Mentioned In This Episode:
History of Singapore
Colonialism in Singapore Today
Colonization in The Philippines
Filipino-American Colonial Mentality
Colonialism in Ghana
Resisting Colonialism in Ghana
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Scott Rudin Abuse Allegations

More From Our Guests:
Conscious Costume Profile of Elizabeth
Elizabeth's Website
Daily Beast Profile of Dede
Dede's Instagram
Clint's Column for Deadline
Clint's Website

Additional Resources:
Racial Equity Tools for Decolonization
The Fashion and Race Database
Decolonizing Fashion
Eurocentric Beauty Standards
Sustainability & Colonialism
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Host: Johanna Pan
Producers: Shayna O'Neill & Johanna Pan
Music: Jay Ong
Audio Engineer: Justin Sabe
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