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Fashion (MA)

Sofia Ognjenovich Vaz

Garment makingSketching, draping, toiling, correcting, 2022 - 2023.
NotasMotion track of my own body kitchen dancing. Film, 4:20 min, 2023.
NegroAcrylic on canvas, 180 x 180 cm, 2022. Private collection.
AzulAcrylic on canvas, 180 x 180 cm, 2022.
RojoAcrylic on canvas, 180 x 180 cm, 2022.
Not even the rainVideo performance and installation, dimensions variable, in progress.

Sofía Ognjenovich Vaz is an Uruguayan multidisciplinary artist and designer. She was awarded an academic excellence scholarship and earned her BA in Graphic Design. She went on to pursue further studies in contemporary art, painting, filmmaking and creative writing. She has exhibited her work individually and collectively in her home country and abroad.

As part of her MA in Fashion at the Royal College of Art, she collaborated with IFF in a creative research project, creating a series of scents that propose immersive spaces that would help gaining awareness of the problems of the Anthropocene.

Having been trained as a dancer during most of her childhood and teenage years, her work has a focus on the body as a map, and movement and trace as a language for storytelling, identity and connection with surroundings and fellow earthlings. A vital relationship and concern with nature is shown in her research subjects and choice of materials; vegan, biodegradable, as well as a reverence for artisanal techniques. This is combined with openness to new technological possibilities.

She uses fashion, performance, painting and film to reflect on the impact that people and experiences leave on her as a means of self discovery and self construction, as well as to gain awareness of the footprint she leaves behind as a human and practitioner.

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The work displayed was made within this last year, and focuses on venturing into new things and embracing transformative experiences. Being alone in another country, learning another language, focused on my own education, feels like a sort of retreat, it is very introspective work, very related to an inner agenda as it encounters new surroundings.

The work is an exploration, a series of small moves towards future work that will evolve. For now it is fragile and made with no big resources or budget, speaking candidly of vulnerability, dreams and aspirations.

As a maker, to keep moving and to stay curious is important. My practice is about storytelling and image creation. I dive into my own experiences and emotions to improve as a person and also to find things that can connect me to the world and to other people. I believe that reflection deepens the ability to appreciate and enjoy oneself and hopefully encourages others to do so themselves.

My work usually offers choices on how to wear, what to think, how to interpret. I think this has to do with a space for thinking, choosing, experimenting, feeling that we have agency and are diverse.