Annamaria Merkel

Annamaria Merkel is an artist-poet who envisions life as interconnected play and possibility. Having studied integrated Design and Fashion in Germany, Turkey and Sri Lanka, Annamaria developed a social fashion concept in co-creation with Sri Lankan seamstresses and NGO’s to empathize unconventional artistic manufacturing. Her aesthetic practice evokes awareness towards social issues, consumption habits and production methods. In her work she challenges obsolete norms and reveals major struggles varying from gender troubles to postcolonial issues. Rigid power structures and the tremendous complexity of cultural shifts have inspired her to investigate stakeholders and institutions to become a conduit for change. She considers revolution as a extraordinary designed experience that lies within a creative fusion of various cultures, intellectual worlds, institutional players and free spirits. Currently she gets trained to avant-garde riot. //