Isaac Silva’s ‘Visible Mark’ collection highlights violence faced by the LGBTQ+ community
Brazilian designer Isaac Silva has put the spotlight on the violence that many in the LGBTQ+ community have faced in a new collection.
Through the collection ‘Visible Mark,’ Silva aims to change the narrative of violence by showcasing these marks and stories publicly via clothing.
The collection features white pieces with a single detail in color, in the exact spot of the scars borne by real people. Via NFC technology, one can bring their phone close to the colored mark in order to access and listen to the story of the person who has that scar.
According to research based on information from the Brazilian public health system (SUS), every hour another LGBTQ+ person becomes a victim of violence in Brazil.
The sales profits from the collection will be given to Casa Neon Cunha, an NGO that provides services to the LGBTQ+ population in São Bernardo do Campo and in the greater São Paulo ABC region. Additionally, the stories lead people to a support hub for the LGBTQ+ community, helping promote initiatives and providing psychological support and legal counseling.
Silva said: “The collection’s pieces tell the real stories of people who, upon finding warmth and protection, were able to leave behind the violence and re-signify their own scars. By ‘taking’ those scars from their skin and turning them into a fashion brand, we’re sending a message to everyone: there is a support network, there is love and warmth, we are all in this together.
“The more people proudly wear the stories of resilience, love and pride of Bernardo, Ray, Renata, Amanda, Wesley and Kamilly, the closer we will be to our goal of shining a spotlight on the problem and promoting the support network that can help people in vulnerable situations.”