Rockbund Art Museum 上海外滩美术馆

Making Substance 2022: Finding Maritime Asia 造物谈2022: 寻找海洋亚洲

RAM Conversation | Space and Body of Boat People RAM对谈丨水上人的身体与空间

Event Information

Date: 17 September 2022
Time: 06:00 08:00
Venue: Rockbund Art Museum


日期: 2022年 9月 17日
时间: 06:00 08:00
场馆: 上海外滩美术馆

About the Event 关于活动

The Tankas lived in rivers and seas and took boats as their rooms. They call their sea life "making the sea", but in the opinion of Liu Li, these behaviors are not just making a living, but providing opportunities for intellectual, moral, social and spiritual development. In this activity, Ms. Liu Li will start from her observation and research in Xingang Village, Hainan Island for many years, introduce the unique construction of Tankas living on the sea in body and space, and understand the cultural awareness of people living on the water in production and life from such maritime practice.
The original meaning of INSULAiRE is islanders. As a designer brand, INSULAiRE always makes clothes that can accompany modern life for a long time based on islanders' living tradition and marine culture, combined with the old traditional craft and modern clothing technology with national characteristics. INSULAiRE explores the relationship between man and nature in clothing, as well as the connection between the past and the present. In S/S 2022, INSULAiRE came to the sea from the island, under the name of "South China Sea Road", and through the redesign of the traditional clothing silhouette and wearing habits of the Dans, it paid tribute to the freedom, optimism and fearlessness of the Dans who have been paddling and rowing in fishing boats for many years, living with water.
The documentary "INSULAiRE SS2022" will be shown on the talk site, and designer Yang Zhikai will be invited to share about the current living situation of the Dans, clothing culture and their brand's fashion design based on honoring the Dans and Hainan culture. In addition, in the "Maritime Parlor", we will also display the sample clothes, national fabrics, local patterns, Dan Jia Geng Road thin Headcloth, Inspiration Sketch Book, ocean plastic buttons, partridge tea and other materials from INSULAiRE.


INSULAiRE的本意为岛民,作为一个设计师品牌,INSULAiRE总是基于岛民生活传统与海洋文文化,结合具有民族性的旧时传统工艺与现代制衣技术,制作可以长时间陪伴现代生活的衣物。INSULAiRE在服装中探讨人与自然的关系,亦探讨过去与当下的联结。在S/S 2022,INSULAiRE从岛上来到海里,以“南海更路”为名,通过对疍家人传统服饰廓形与穿着习惯的再设计,致敬了他们长年在渔舟上荡桨摇橹,与水共生的自在、乐观与无畏。

对谈现场将放映纪录片《INSULAiRE SS2022》,邀请设计师杨智凯分享有关疍家生活现状、服装文化和其品牌基于致敬疍家和海南文化的时装设计。此外,在“海洋会客厅”中,还将展示由INSULAiRE的样衣、民族面料、本土版样、疍家更路簿头巾、灵感Sketch Book、海洋塑料纽扣、鹧鸪茶等物料。

About the Speaker 关于讲者

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Liu Li, marine and island anthropologist, associate professor of anthropology, Sun Yat sen University


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Zkai, fashion designer


Liu Li, an anthropologist of oceans and islands, and an associate professor of anthropology at Sun Yat sen University. His representative works on the Dans in Hainan include The Hainan Tankas Bearing Marks of Land:Starting with their Preference for Betal Nuts, "Zuohai"-Marine Practice and Cultural Identity of Boat Dwellers in Hainan Province, Presence: the Space, Body and Power of the Women of Hainan Tankas.

Zkai, a fashion designer, was born and grew up in Hainan Island, China. He graduated from ESMOD Fashion Design School in Paris as a postgraduate and founded the brand INSULAiRE in 2017.



Making Substance 2022: Finding Maritime Asia 造物谈2022: 寻找海洋亚洲

Making Substance 造物谈