Together with curator Lou Stoppard, we asked various makers and experts for their own take on the hoodie. From essays to artworks, the different contributions illustrate the wide range of meanings that highlight the complex nature of an item of clothing that all of us own.
Many different ideas influenced the creation of The Hoodie exhibition. To do justice to some of these, we commissioned special contributions in the form of essays, artworks, videos and more, which are collected here. Covering everything from the history of fashion to the representation of the Black body in art and photography, these stories reveal the hidden significance of an everyday garment.
How Unisex is the Hoodie?
Chinouk Filique de Miranda, researcher and adviser on The Hoodie exhibition, examines the ubiquitous garment’s ‘gender-neutral’ reputation in the context of Rotterdam’s retail landscape.
Interview with Malique Mohamud
A conversation with Concrete Blossom’s Malique Mohamud on the social, cultural and political meaning of the hoodie, the exhibition and more.
In the Hood: Antwaun Sargent
Art critic and writer Antwaun Sargent on the correlation between the hoodie and the identity, body and construct of the Black male in society, art and popular culture, in an essay specially commissioned for The Hoodie by Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Hooded Histories: Alexandra van Dongen
An essay by Alexandra van Dongen (curator at Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans van Beuningen) puts the hoodie into historical perspective.
The History of the Hoodie by Gary Warnett
The Hoodie curator Lou Stoppard introduces the SHOWstudio video featuring Gary Warnett on the hoodie.
Print Your Own Hoodie with Farida Sedoc
In this special how-to video for The Hoodie, Farida Sedoc shows you how to print your own hoodie. Try this at home!
We asked Tory Turk and James Hyman of HYMAG to select a number of hoodies featured in fashion magazines, some of which are displayed at the exhibition.
The Politics of the Hoodie
The lingering question of the hoodie is simply: Who enjoys the right to wear one without challenge? An article by Troy Patterson first published in The New York Times Magazine.
Marcel van den Berg: Blessed
Het Nieuwe Instituut invited artist Marcel van den Berg to create a public artwork for Rotterdam’s metro stations. Sharing his vision of Black Lives Matter, Van den Berg’s display-screen artwork invites travellers to pause and reflect on what the movement means to them.
The hoodie defines our times – telling stories of social inequality, subcultures, police brutality, racism, privacy, fear and, of course, fashion. Lou Stoppard, curator of The Hoodie, on how the exhibition came about.