Next Issue 31 January 2023
KELA CREMASCHI. Rebellious structures in the weave of life
Kela Cremaschi, through experimentation with textile materials and techniques, creates intensely autobiographical works. Warp and weft rebel against the orthogonal and grow additively, developing organic and free volumes. Memories, desires, happiness, mourning, wounds and hopes emerge through the thread, from the inner soul to tangible form. In the fabric’s grammar, each line reveals a moment, and each knot fixes a remembrance, patiently reconstructing an entire tale of memories. A life spent in intimate and constant dialogue with the loom, at the quiet rhythm of gestures, as time and events are processed into three-dimensional narratives.
LUDOVICA GIOSCIA’S INFINITE PRESENT
In the October issue, we discover Ludovica Gioscia’s practice that moves from the Baroque of her Rome to the Electronic Baroque through what she defines as works/performers, called to ‘perform’ in different installations, always open to new conversations and new choreographies, dressed in an eternal present informed by different and even dissonant forms and contents, which envelops and guards the exuberance of a sedimented, accumulated, archived and silent past, but which is the root and nourishment of that present.
Weaving as Open Source: Teresa Lanceta
In this article Lala de Dios tells us about Teresa Lanceta, her life and her past and more recent works.
“I decided to work with the most basic, primal aspects of woven fabrics, with their ligaments, techniques and materials, and also with their linguistic tradition. Weaving has allowed me to understand a primeval, universal code that reveals an internal law, transcending physical, temporal and cultural borders. I wasn’t interested in palace tapestries or lavish cloths made by obedient hands acting on the orders of others. I was interested in the woven creations of predominantly textile cultures in which manufacture and practical usage go hand-in-hand. In other words, in fabrics that develop a language as a testimony of culture and art”.
by Lala de Dios
The appeal of repetition in art: an interview with Erica Green
Erica Green’s work describes an artistic research that focuses on the process of mending and restoring human life and of a practice marked by the incessant and meditative repetition of gesture and form.
Claudia Losi. Weaving human stories and beyond
The raw material, the ‘living matter’ of Claudia Losi’s practice, is the interaction between the human dimension and the phenomena of nature, the essence of which is explored in the reciprocity of their being at the same time, physical unity and cultural otherness.
Maximalist lightness. Interview with Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (Shoplifter)
An interview with Shoplifter, the name by which the general public knows Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, an Icelandic artist who represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2019 with the immersive installation Chromo Sapiens, receiving a widespread critical acclaim
Norwegian Textile Artists: 1977 to Today
Katrine Rørbakken Lund leads us in discovering Norwegian Textile Artists – NTK, the organisation for artists working with textiles in Norway. Since its establishment in 1977, NTK has acted on the political stage, promoting the rights of textile artists, improving their working conditions and earning greater recognition in the international contemporary art scene. The article inquires into politically charged material, textile art and the world of women and brings to light the controversial definition of arts and crafts. Finally, it presents SOFT Gallery – An Exhibition Space Dedicated to Textile Art and gives us an overview of the participation of Norway as the invited country at Contextile 2022.
A magnificent collection
In this article, Renata Pompas talks about the tapestry collections in Italy, taking us on a virtual tour of some of the most beautiful exhibitions.
She tells how, in Italy, different productions succeeded one another, experiencing alternating moments of success and decline, and how, in recent years, tapestry has once again aroused the interest of the public, showing a new-found vitality, with exhibitions, events, texts and catalogues.
By Renata Pompas
Meet a Museum
MIFA in an interview with Luis Valenzuela
In this issue, our column Meet a Museum features MIFA, the main venue of the forthcoming X International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art “25 Years WTA” in Miami, together with an exciting interview with Luis Valenzuela, established artist, educator and Director of the X Biennial.
Interview with Pilar Tobon
Renowned textile artist, cultural manager, entrepreneur, President and founder of World Textile Art (WTA), Pilar Tobón is a leading figure in the international art scene. We interviewed her for the 25th-anniversary celebration of the WTA organization she founded and directs.
Silke, Yosi Anaya, Maria Ortega: A glimpse into the history of the WTA Biennials (and the prospects for contemporary textile art)
An extended interview with three professionals who, each with their personal input, support the ambitious WTA project. A discussion that is also a kind of “behind-the-scenes look” at the monumental and visionary project of the nomad WTA Biennials.