Melbourne based designer Andrija Sala’s graduate collection The Disappeared is about censorship. It attempts to examine the past (Soviet censorship) in order to contemplate the present. Through methods of erasure, it investigates the tensions between protection and control.
Her work is heavily influenced by the ten-years spent in a freshly post-Soviet Latvia, often looking at confrontational subject matter; religion and politics have been recurring themes- not to shock but to teach. It is an alternative way of approaching sustainability, creating something long lasting by embedding significant meaning into the work. She believes that the incredible part of fashion is that everyone in engages in it, consciously or not. The symbology is readily familiar, and it makes for an incredibly strong medium of communication.
These collaborative images embody the absurdity and vulnerability of censorship and control through a dystopian lens.