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WESTMINSTER PEOPLE: Ligaya Salazar, director of Fashion Space Gallery

'We reach out to local people around Westminster and have people you would not expect come in'

31 March, 2017 — By Abigail Turner

Ligaya Salazar says the current exhibition, the Museum of Transology, ‘gives trans-history’ a voice

LIGAYA Salazar has been at the forefront of the London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery since 2013. The director and curator has supported established artists and new emerging talent at the LCF in Oxford Street.

She said the exhibition space had “a unique pulling point for me” and that there is “no other space in London doing the same thing”.

“I am from an academic family who were bemused when I wanted to be involved with art and fashion,” says Ligaya who has roots in both the Philippines, where she grew up, and Germany, where she moved to study fine art, originally keen to become an architect.

The current exhibition at the space is Museum of Transology – the largest collection of trans artefacts and photographic portraiture to be shown in the UK – explores the V&A’s omission of trans- underwear in the latest V&A Underwear exhibition.

“We loved the idea straight away,” says Ligaya, “and what EJ [EJ Scott, the curator and collector] found when he started his research was something much richer than underwear and so he collected all these trans objects to give the trans history a voice.”

Ligaya had worked for the contemporary department of the V&A in 2005 and remained a curator there for nine years. While there she curated three major shows: Fashion and Sports in 2008, Yohji Yamamoto in 2011, and Memory Palace in 2013.

The London College of fashion also commissions outside of the space, and once made a roof garden on Oxford Street with locals to exhibit a programme of views. “We reach out immediately to local people around Westminster and have people you would not expect come in,” says Ligaya.

Museum of Transology, Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0BJ. Until April 22.

www.fashionspacegallery.com

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