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July 15–October 30, 2022
Artists from all over the world, from a variety of generations and backgrounds, are actively investigating the materials, fabrics, and new textiles. The visual carriers of modern depictions, such as curtains, tapestries, and rugs, are once again being uncovered. A new story is emerging and illuminating the background of historical, visual, and cultural links thanks to fabrics, textile décor, and clothes. This interest in new digital technologies goes hand-in-hand with this rediscovery of classic methods. In the modern era, digital technology operates the looms or spins the threads in an extended world.
Additionally, fabrics and their patterns frequently serve as emblems of cultural identity. Artistic investigation of materials gives up new views and opportunities in relation to textile mass manufacturing and ecological sustainability. The show creates a dialogue between the many viewpoints of highly regarded artists from around the world who specifically focus on textile materials and simultaneously investigate their social-political implications. Many artworks and images represent ideas of social and aesthetic order while also challenging them. The goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate how pop culture, post-feminism, and current political issues are currently being expressed through the explicit and complex use of textile materials.
With works by Nevin Aladağ, Alexandra Bircken, Tim Berresheim, Shannon Bool, Edith Dekyndt, Parastou Forouhar, Kyungah Ham, Tobias Hantmann, Erika Hock, Magdalena Kita, Helen Mirra, Laure Prouvost, Yelena Popova, Sara Sizer, Oliver Sieber, Heidi Specker, Roland Stratmann, Rosemarie Trockel
The show was designed and prepared for the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in 2020–2021, however because to the lockdown, it was never inaugurated. Collaboration between Kristina Groß, curator at the Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, and Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt, curator at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
Thursday, September 15, 6pm
In Dialogue with Julia Höner
Joint exhibition tour
Artistic director, KAI10, ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf, and curator of the textile exhibition Current Threads (2021)
Thursday, October 20, 7pm
Lecture by Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt
“Creative Strategies in Textile Art between Pop and Politics”
Curator, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
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