On the occasion of the 20th edition of the Mostra del ricamo (Embroidery Exhibition) in Valtopina, from 2 to 4 September 2022, the Museo del ricamo e del tessuto (Museum of Embroidery and Textiles) launches APPUNTI SU QUESTO TEMPO, an international exhibition held in the museum rooms with works by twenty-five artists active on the contemporary art scene and coming from fifteen countries around the world. The exhibition project curated by Barbara Pavan presents works by Rufina Bazlova and Sofia Tocar (STITCHIT Collective), Manuela Bieri, Tanja Boukal, Beryl Cameron, Susanna Cati, Cenzo Cocca, Loredana Galante, Anneke Klein, Alicja Kozlowska, Christelle Lacombe, Linda Lasson, Katrina Leitena, Clara Luiselli, Ilaria Margutti, Laura Mega, Lucia Bubilda Nanni, Maria Ortega Galvez, Debbie Oshrat, Anastasiia Podervianska, Francesca Rossello, Du Songyui, Beatrice Speranza, Anthony Stevens, Litli Ulfur, Melissa Zexter.
Embroidery is the common expressive language of all the works on display. For a long time, it has been considered a minor art, a craft or a mere leisure activity for young ladies of high society. Nevertheless, it represented for centuries the only possible medium to voice personal or collective needs in the absence of other means of communication and, not infrequently, the only possibility for generations of women to express their creativity. This flexibility still makes it suitable today for immersion in everyday life, investigating the domestic as much as the public dimension, transforming itself into an alternative grammar to narrate the present.
In her essay Threads of Life, Clare Hunter traces an extensive historical excursus starting with the Bayeux tapestry, passing through Mary Stuart Queen of Scots, up to the Plaza de Mayo mothers’ shawls or the arpilleras denouncing the Chilean regime, bearing witness to the transversal nature of this medium across all social classes, in different times and latitudes, highlighting its communicative and celebratory quality, its narrative, popularising and even therapeutic value.
The Valtopina exhibition arose from these premises. As the title states, it explores the present time among its contradictions; the battles won and the defeats. A tale entrusted to needle and thread and brought back to the observer through the talent of artists committed to investigating its lights and shadows, facing its challenges and reading its multiple truths. From political resistance to the new balance between human beings and nature. From migratory flows to propaganda, illness to identity, war to compulsive consumerism, embroidery becomes here, stitch by stitch, the lexicon to give voice to contemporaneity and to provide a different point of observation on reality.
The exhibition boasts ArteMorbida Textile Arts the media partnership, an international magazine dedicated to contemporary fibre art.
Title: Appunti su questo tempo
Artists: Rufina Bazlova and Sofia Tocar (STITCHIT Collective), Manuela Bieri, Tanja Boukal, Beryl Cameron, Susanna Cati, Cenzo Cocca, Loredana Galante, Anneke Klein, Alicja Kozlowska, Christelle Lacombe, Linda Lasson, Katrina Leitena, Clara Luiselli, Ilaria Margutti, Laura Mega, Lucia Bubilda Nanni, Maria Ortega Galvez, Debbie Oshrat, Anastasiia Podervianska, Francesca Rossello, Du Songyui, Beatrice Speranza, Anthony Stevens, Litli Ulfur, Melissa Zexter
Curated by Barbara Pavan
Venue: Museo del Ricamo e del Tessuto, via Gorizia, Palazzo Comunale, Valtopina (PG)
Date: 2 September – 30 November 2022
Opening: 2, 3, 4 September 2022 – opening hours 9 am – 8 pm
Opening Hours – from 5 September to 30 November: Wednesday and Saturday 4-6.30 pm
Catalogue available in the exhibition
Media Partner ArteMorbida Textile Arts Magazine
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