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THOMAS DE FALCO. EULOGY OF METAMORPHOSIS
Thomas De Falco shapes his tapestries into three-dimensional sculptures which, through the performances, obtain movement and a new identity, narrating a metamorphosis that is integral to life itself, a flux that traverses and transforms every existence, overcoming all boundaries of form, place, time and classification and connecting all the elements in a single narrative that is always in fieri.
The works that compose Blanket Project U and Basket Project W stem out of the desire to integrate contemporary art, traditional craftsmanship and popular culture with a conceptual approach. Through this the artist enacts the recovery and appreciation of different cultures and eras, memories and endangered languages and she tells us about it in this interesting interview.
MARION BARUCH. ART IS ACCEPTANCE, CONNECTION, SOCIAL CAPITAL AND KNOWLEDGE
At 93, Marion Baruch continues to believe in the power of art as keeper of the meaning of life. And she cannot escape fate, that has woven textiles into her life since childhood. Consistent with her ongoing quest to weave connections and relationships, her practice today attempts to define a dialogue between two immaterial forces such as space and matter.
ANGE ARTHUR KOUA – COMPLEX IDENTITIES
The composite identities of Ange Arthur Koua’s tapestries are a slap in the face to the West’s narrative of African history. Made from worn, cut and stitched clothing, they incorporate the visceral reality of everyday life: sweat, emotions, affection and labour, speaking of their cultural and social context. The juxtaposition of loose pieces, of diverse origins, into a signifying image represents the process of personal and cultural identity construction, only made possible by these exchanges’ complex interaction.
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA FOUNDATION: A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE BETWEEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, COMMUNITY, ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE
More than a century of excellence made-in-Italy, between entrepreneurship and philanthropy, care for the environment and communities: this is an overview of the Zegna Group’s history. The President, Anna Zegna, a descendant of Ermenegildo, visionary entrepreneur and founder of the world-renowned company, tells us about the Foundation which bears the same name and which also deals with culture and contemporary art.
Moreover, Emilio Vavarella tells us about his project exhibited in recent months at Casa Zegna in which art combines technology and textiles, territory and excellent craftsmanship, environmental themes and corporate history.
ANNE VON FREYBURG: ART LOOKS TO ART TO BREAK THE MOLD AND SUBVERT STEREOTYPES.
Anne von Freyburg’s works are the result of a combination of painting and fiber art and, by reinterpreting paintings of old masters from the Rococo era in an ironic and somewhat kitsch way, they raise questions by challenging the concepts of high and low culture and stereotyped ideas of female beauty. All this, in an exclusive interview for ArteMorbida.
CAROLINE ACHAINTRE AND PLURAL IDENTITY
Caroline Achaintre’s works explore the plurality of identity: hybrid creatures, in which the artist combines contaminations inspired by folklore rituals and the ambiguity of masks, and at the same time by primitivism or German expressionism, by both the real and the fantastic, thus delivering works that dialogue intimately and exclusively with the most archaic and profound part of us.
Musée de la Tapisserie et des Arts Textiles de Tournai, Belgium, is a museum dedicated to tapestry and textile arts of which the city has a centuries-old tradition. An institution that plays a crucial role in the preservation, study, promotion and dissemination of knowledge. Here we describe its activities, history and projects.
EXPERIENCING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN HUMANS AND NATURE THROUGH ART: THE IMMERSIVE WORKS OF JOANA SCHNEIDER
Exclusive interview with Joana Schneider, a young artist born in Munich and currently living and working in the Netherlands, a graduate of the Royal Academy in The Hague.
Joana Schneider creates spacious installations and sculptural environments that feature sustainable contact with organic materials, her intuitive working process is inspired by traditional practices and processes.
CHRISTINA KATHARINA LÖKENHOFF’S LIMINAL LAYER OF SILK AND WAX
Christina Katharina Lökenhoff’s membranes of wax-dipped silk do not enclose but, instead, represent the key to opening oneself to the world, towards a forgotten unity, reclaiming the power of the feminine and discovering creative strategies of sustainability in an ideal world without borders.
GIO SWABY: ART AS AN ACT OF LOVE
Gio Swaby is a young Bahamian artist known for her textile portraits that explore and celebrate Blackness and womanhood, inspired by a philosophy that makes art an act of love. We interviewed her shortly after the opening of her recent solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg in Florida.
SPOTLIGHT ON KATIKA
Combining her passion for art in all its forms and for crochet, experienced as a form of meditation, Katika, a fibre artist born in Hungary in 1989 and educated at the Ural State University of Architecture and Art, creates textile paintings in bright, warm colours and soft shapes. The focus of her research narrated in this spotlight for ArteMorbida.