U: Who are you and what do you do?
HM:I am the founder and designer of the clothing brand Moe Oslo.
U: What characterise you work? How would you describe your personal style?
HM:Challenging the norms - wanting to push boundaries, but still making wearable garments.
U: How do your own experiences influence your work?
HM:My own experiences are very important to my work. I started off my career as a Civil Engineer, and the technical aspects and the way I work with construction in my clothing are the whole essence of my creative processes.
U: What will you be showing at the uncontaminated festival? (Big lines as selection is not final:)
HM:I will be showing my clothes through an imagery series that was made in collaboration with the Dutch photographer Eva Roefs. She approached me to make a fashion shoot without faces, as a contrast to the typical fashion shoot. I found this very interesting, not really knowing how this would come to be, but as we worked with it, it opened our eyes and we understood the impact that clothing has.
U: What do you want to communicate through your work? Is there a message - political or otherwise?
HM:In the work Eva and I did together there are several messages. First of all, we want to challenge the perception of a fashion shoot. Through six images we are discussing different subjects which are related to the fashion industry. Can clothing be seen as objects instead of being related to the body? What impact does clothing have when there is no person wearing it? Can emotion still be expressed? By removing the face and the body, will people better engage and make a stand? See the garments for what they are instead of having an opinion about the model used? Why does fashion follow so strict rules? By removing the clothing from the body, does this make the garment a work of art instead of seeing it in a commercial point of view?
U: Do artists of today have some kind of of social responsibility?
HM:Yes. Artists need to think thoroughly about their choices, and make a stand. Not saying they have to choose what is politically correct, but they should understand that what they create can impact and effect the receiver. When that is said, I think it is very important that artists dare to challenge and provoke - it can start important conversations and discussions.
U: What does uncontaminated mean for you?
HM:For me uncontaminated means to be free. To be able to do what you believe in, not following what is expected and being true to yourself. It also means to have a pure view, not to be influenced.
U: What is the most important thing in your life?
U: How do you feel right now?
HM: Happy and free.
U: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would it be?
HM: That every human being would be safe and have the equal opportunities.