#diversityagainstdiscrimination by Karol Mietkiewicz
Karol Mietkiewicz is a queer costume and jewellery designer who very often faces problems that are typical to be part of a social minority and its extraordinary beauty. Mietkiewicz designed the project with friend Daniela Swoboda as a peaceful protest against discrimination. The project “#diversityagainstdiscrimination” aims to demonstrate the beauty of being different to tame fear and negativity in our society.
“To achieve it, Karol Mietkiewicz has created a composition of several people who reflect on the beauty and uniqueness of LGBTQ+ and racial minority members. It is a multidimensional, interdisciplinary artistic project aimed at creating costumes and jewellery pieces as well as photographs with a full set design. The outfits are intended to act as a medium to express the beauty and diversity of both LGBTQ+ and racial minority members.”
“Nature often creates non-normative forms that are featured by complex shapes, colors, patterns, and behaviors. Beauty is not always subject to the binary system. Wildlife often encounters unusual forms, which stand out from their habitat. This dark side of abnormality and exceptionality transmits to the human world. Not only ‘the odd one’ is a subject of discrimination, but also people around them, e.g. relatives and friends. Especially due to the growing discrimination in my home country, Poland, I want to confront this issue both as an artist who specializes in costume design as well as a person of the LGBTQ+ community, standing up for all people who need it most.”