The multidisciplinary work studies the socio-economic framework of authenticity at the juncture of high and low cultures by looking at hyperfeminine women in Albania and counterfeit textiles.
Are we using terms of fake or original to save the right of the author or the treasure of the “natural” person, or are we supporting those already in power?
How is intellectual property linked to the definitions of deception in the textile industry?
Social media trends have accelerated the global distribution of cultural hypes and the accessibility outside Eurocentric spaces.
The communist cry for “necessity” and the feminist cry for “naturalness” contrast with the human desire for experimentation, self-expression and speculation. Since we are all products of a multi-faceted mesh of influences, what is it that makes us and the objects we are related to, authentic?