From Geena Zoubarev’s surreal images to Taiye Omokore’s hope for a more sustainable fashion future – we spotlight some amazing work from our Dazed Club members
This month Dazed Club has been sharing some of our members’ work, as a highlight reel of 2022, and our gift to… ourselves. The Dazed Club Holiday Calendar is a project running for 25 days in December, celebrating club members’ work in daily emails and platforming new voices in weekly round-ups right here. Below, check out some of the entrants, including Geena Zoubarev’s photos which she takes while not studying chemistry, collection, Guilherme Petry’s touching short film and Utopia’s freaky and creepy world.
”My name is Geena, I’m 22 and a new member of Dazed Club.
”I am currently a chemistry undergraduate student at St Andrews University in Scotland and I have spent the last six months taking pictures of curious students in various spaces surrounding the campus. I have shot, styled and conceptualised these photos with the goal of glorifying the process of child’s play. The persona in focus was encouraged to play an imaginary character so that an image of performance art could be captured. The outcome is a collaboration between the models’ imagination the surrounding scene and my interpretation of the two.
”I feel that in my surrounding youth culture there is a definite lack of spaces and environments in which people are encouraged to improvise, play and where they are accepted and appreciated for whatever role they choose to take on.”
”My name is Guilherme Petry, I’m a film director and screenwriter. I’m sharing a music video that I recently released and that I think fits this Christmas mood. It tells a story of a couple that does not get intimate, a couple that barely look at each other. A lifetime together hanging only by a thread. The music video is about caress, touch and affection as a healing process and as a vital force.
”What I most want for 2023 is for it to be a year of great renewal for Brazil, especially with regard to culture. May the winds of change blow strong around here! Only in this way will we be able to dream, create and realise ideas again.”
”As a fashion photographer, it is my goal to raise awareness of sustainable fashion brands in Wales. The objective of this project is to collaborate with at least ten fashion companies in order to contribute to the net zero carbon movement. I’d like to organise an exhibition by February 2023.
”For this shoot, the models, two Omani sisters, are wearing Daticloting, a Welsh sustainable fashion label. The eldest sister, Lamees, wears a dress with a Mariella print, a vintage check jacket in black and white, and a second shirt with a tie constructed from a scrap of fabric. Nagwa is dressed in a black thrift store skirt and an upcycled men’s high-collar white shirt with an exaggerated collar.
”I’m also looking to collaborate with up-and-coming fashion designers in Nigeria to promote African fashion.”
”At Utopia we like to explore the fine line between being repulsed yet undeniably attracted to the morbid. We want to bring obscure art to the forefront – we try to find the utopia in the dystopia. We are currently working on a series where we commission artists to creatively interpret a concept based on the word ‘utopia’. Our most recent piece was for Halloween – an illustration of Rumpelstiltskin spinning hay into the world (above).
”Our dream for 2023 is to have our own utopia community space to run experimental and immersive exhibitions and screenings.”
”Jewelz by Mealz creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery made out of entirely up-cycled secondhand and vintage materials, in an attempt to encourage more conscious, ethical consumption and provide an alternative to fast fashion. Each piece is handcrafted with a variety of contrasting and complementary elements from all over the world, telling its own, unique story.
”I am inspired heavily by nature, particularly mushrooms and natural formations such as shells and freshwater pearls, and find inspiration for pieces and collections through many of my favourite musical artists and their own visual worlds. As well as vintage materials, I glass sculpt some of the beads myself.
”Proceeds from my drops are regularly donated to various charities including Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, Mind mental health, Bath cancer care unit, and annual sponsorship of a destitute child in Goodwill Children’s Homes in India. Through my work I would like to empower people through helping them to elevate any look with fun wearable art pieces they will treasure forever, whilst also encouraging them to think about their own environmental impact and personal consumption.
”In 2023 I am planning to delve more into metalwork, collaborate with other artists and designers, and build my collection of special vintage charms.”
”These three pieces can be treated as a visual record of the emotions and thoughts that I’ve been experiencing for the last few years. They are a part of the story about mental health struggles, loneliness, feeling suspended, and disconnected.
”I use myself or people close to me as my subjects, by which I depict the invisible and internal states and fears. Detached from the real world, I put them in a different and seemingly oneiric context. I always give my works short and vague titles because I don’t want to suggest anything. I want to leave a blank space for interpretation. Painting lets me open up and gives me a better understanding of my inner life. It’s my way of looking for a direction and making amends with myself.
”I want 2023 to be a year of experimentation, creating as much as possible and improving my technique. My dream for this year would be to have an exhibition and share my passion with others.”
”With this project, I wanted to highlight the origination of the saree and create a story that liberates Indian women in their true form. A garment traditionally worn across India and other parts of South Asia, many people assume that the blouse worn over the saree is something Indians themselves created.
”Given the climate of our country, women never deemed it necessary to put two layers of clothing on their bodies. The saree was worn without a blouse and petticoat before the British Raj. It was actually during the prudish Victorian era when being blouseless became seen as improper, and the Raj started promoting the wearing of blouses and petticoats. It’s an assumption many people have that blouses and petticoats originated in India, when actually it was the white rulers who believed it was required.”
The Dazed Club Holiday Calendar is a project running for 25 days in December, celebrating club members' work in daily emails and platforming new voices in weekly round-ups on Dazed Digital.