Alliance Française de Dhaka, in auditorium Nouvelle Vague Dhaka, Bangladesh
LUCKY DAY is a project by Alexine Chanel including a performance event featuring Sharmili Akther Lucky. LUCKY DAY is part of the exhibition project, “On the 21st century’s own settlement form – Manifesto of Post-Informality” by HABITAT FORUM BERLIN, in cooperation with the Weissensee School of Art, curated by Günter Nest and Elisa Bertuzzo, in Berlin in 2017.
“I am Lucky, but I am not lucky”
Sharmili Akther Lucky
Lucky is the star of this show, in stark contrast to her daily life. Lucky is a textile worker, one of the many thousands of essentially invisible women making clothes for foreign consumers.
Yet on this “LUCKY DAY”, she will become a star and perform, signing her work of art: an H&M t-shirt of the “Conscious” range, made in Bangladesh, bought in Berlin, and flown back to Dhaka for the event.
She will sign this highly significant T-shirt – an item owned by almost “everyone” in the world, yet made on an industrial scale by thousands of invisible hands belonging to “anyones”- with her name, like an artist, in a starkly theatricalised event, thoroughly covered by the press.
The T- shirt, signed by Lucky, the artist, and therefore transformed into an artwork of inestimable value, will be brought back to Berlin to be exhibited and potentially auctioned off.
LUCKY DAY opens up a space of negotiation between anonymity and subjectivity. It strives to break the textile chain of anonymity with a single life story, to jumpstart our consciousness, make us aware of the existence of the worker as a persona grata with a life and a personality, problems, hopes, dreams and desires. LUCKY DAY aims at summoning up the presence, of the “makers” of any bought garment available for sale on the western consumer shelves.