We value change. In our everyday life, we practice the change as a philosophy or as a code of conduct. We try to make every day different by changing our routines, how we look, how we feel, how we interact with others, how we express ourselves and by actively reshaping our existing perceptions of yesterday.
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Fecal Matter is a provocative duo from Canada traveling around the world and showcasing their creations. Acting as models, stylists, designers and photographers, Hannah and Steven use their bodies and their shaved heads as a blank canvas for performing different characters on a daily basis.
Text: Tatiana Makrinova
What first brought you together?
Our hate and pure disgust of the industry brought us together. All our conversations related to our mutual feelings on the terrible aspects of the world. We were upset at the mainstream for being so dictatorial and we were annoyed by the underground for being so limited and boring. Obviously, we bonded through our oppression. The initial idea was centred around our desire to be free. To be able to release ourselves from the reality we were in at that time. We felt trapped in a situation where we couldn’t be honest about who we are or what we felt. Our lives were consumed by routines and repetition, so we created an outlet that demanded the opposite. We created something that would help us cope with our sense of depression.
So what are your feelings about the fashion industry today?
We have mixed feelings about the present state of fashion. Sometimes it feels like it’s not real. As if there are no real emotions behind the consumer and their buying habits. We can’t blame them. No matter how many great innovations or amazing new concepts that are introduced, it still feels like the industry is emotionless. Fashion has so much influence on the world; its products are directly linked to how people think about themselves. Its main product is happiness. Buy this and it will make you happy. We would like to challenge that marketing strategy by presenting an alternative motive to buy something fashion related. Considering that we live in a materialistic world, it’s definitely a challenge to develop such a concept.
If you had the opportunity to change the world, what would you do?
We wouldn’t like to change the world. We would like the world to change us. We would like the world to change our opinions about everything. We would like the world to change our opinion about child labour by proving to us that it can let go of its materialistic ways and demands in order to embrace happiness without consumption. We want the world to change the way we look at investing in companies that promote individualism rather than constantly showcasing the ones that fuels mass media aesthetics. After all, those changes would motivate us to bring even more of ourselves out and would evidently change our perspectives. We can evolve on our own, but it would be nice if mass society could give us a run for our money.
If we talk about life, what values or philosophy do you admire the most?
We value change. In our everyday life, we practice change as a philosophy or a code of conduct. We try to make every day different by changing our routines: how we look, how we feel, how we interact with others, how we express ourselves and by actively reshaping our existing perceptions of yesterday. Embracing the concept of change as a way of life can drive one to complete insanity, and naturally induces instability within every aspect of daily life. Change exists within everything; it is the catalyst to life and to the future. So in reality, we did not choose to embrace change, change just embraced us.
Your aesthetic is quite vibrant and grotesque. What is the message you are trying to convey through your creations and appearance?
Just be yourself and do what you want. It’s a cliché but it’s true. That’s really our message. We’re not pretending it’s something cool or abstract. Literally, get out and live your life. It’s dangerous territory when it comes to being an individual. There’s no manual or YouTube tutorial to help any of us. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Tell us something about your creative process.
Confusing. That’s how we would describe it. It's not easy to comprehend and it's undeniably not easy to follow. We don’t even understand it. But that’s ok. We give ourselves to the work. We let it consume us.
I know you travel a lot. What are the places that stand out most for you around the globe?
Kraków and Kiev. The history behind Kraków resonated strongly within our minds. The people are very sheltered yet in some way very honest. We learned a lot by just being there. Kiev stood out more than the rest simply because we received the harshest reaction from the public. Just in the airport, the police were practically harassing us due to our physical appearance. We did not feel safe at all and we definitely felt like outsiders more than usual. To some degree, visiting those places felt like going through a time machine.