Slow Fashion: Nehal El-Hadi with Caroline Mangosing of Vinta Gallery
Join Guest Programmer and Studio Magazine editor-in-chief Nehal El-Hadi in conversation with Caroline Mangosing, founder and creative director of VINTA Gallery as they discuss what sustainability means in connection to slow fashion, accountability, fair labour practices, cultural heritage and evolution, and identity.
Nehal El-Hadi is an editor, journalist and researcher based in Toronto. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience, Nehal’s interdisciplinary work has appeared in journalistic, academic, literary and art gallery publications, and is forthcoming in several anthologies and edited collections. Themes explored in her writing include the relationships between virtual and material spaces, the agency of digital objects, and gendered and racialized online experiences. Her short film Blaxites (2019) was commissioned by the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queens University and is being used to teach about the implications of technology use.
Nehal has a Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Toronto and is a Visiting Scholar at York University’s City Institute. She has taught place-based writing courses at the University of Toronto Scarborough and creative non-fiction and poetry to community groups.
Caroline Mangosing is a multi-disciplinary creative that has been a passionate and critical Filipino cultural advocate for the last two decades. She has produced exclusively Filipino film and TV content under her independent production company in Toronto, and for a decade, served as the founding executive and artistic director of Toronto’s Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture; a youth-focused arts organization in downtown Toronto, delivering award-winning, culturally specific arts programming and presentations.
She co-founded and curated Kultura Filipino Arts Festival, Kapisanan’s flagship event; an annual Filipino arts and food festival that had a 12-year run, at its height gathering over 15,000 attendees. Caroline founded VINTA Gallery as a social enterprise within Kapisanan but has since transitioned the company into a vertically integrated, ethical, for-profit, e-commerce brand offering ready-to-wear and couture modern Filipiniana to the diaspora and beyond.