*Featured photo: Miniartextil Montrouge Vernissage, ph.credit Johnny Vim, Ville de Montrouge
Le Beffroi, 2, place Emile Cresp, 92120 Montrouge
20 February – 13 March 2022
every day from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Free entry
Miniartextil, a must for textile and fibre art lovers, will be in Montrouge for its 17th year. The exhibition is open from 20 February to 13 March and presents more than sixty works in fibre by selected international artists, including mini-textiles and monumental installations.
The 2022 edition, a tribute to this unique event’s 30th anniversary, had as its only requirement to the artists the work size, which must not exceed the dimensions of a 20 cm cube.
The exhibition presents 54 mini-masterpieces created by emerging and established artists from 14 countries, combining ancestral know-how and textile techniques. A dozen site-specific installations will also be exhibited. A panorama of the avant-garde in contemporary textile art, suggested by the variety of materials used to create the works, from the most technical and experimental to the natural ones like cotton, silk and wool.
Launched in 1990 in Como on the initiative of two Italian collectors, Nazarena Bortolaso and Mimmo Totaro, Miniartextil has become an international landmark event, organised today by the Arte&Arte Association. Each year, the judging panel selects around sixty works, from over 400 entries, at the crossroads of new contemporary art trends, traditional craftsmanship and current design.
Due to hegemonic sexism and ethnocentrism, textiles have long been considered a minor activity and only a craft; today, however, it is valued by artists who explore this heritage in the light of current events. Its use in art has become crucial since the 1970s, echoing feminist and anti-colonialist movements.
Unveiling patriarchy, unveiling racism, repairing the planet are the fundamental ideas of these artists. Miniartextil is a unique exhibition imbued with up to date topics and creativity. Due to the diversity of its raw materials, techniques, and possible uses, fibre is a material that allows for maximum artistry.
The 10th Montrouge Prize
Every year, the town council awards the “Prix Montrouge” to a Miniartextil artist; the chosen artwork is acquired and becomes part of the council’s collections. The prize is awarded by a jury of experts with leading personalities from the contemporary art context.
Etienne Lengereau, Mayor of Montrouge and Colette Aubry, Councillor for Culture and Heritage, awarded this year’s 10th Montrouge Prize to Alvaro Diego Gomez Campuzano during the Miniartextil opening event on Saturday 19 February 2022, in the presence of the event’s founders.
The award went to Colombian artist Alvaro Diego Gomez Campuzano for his work “We are all one”. In this piece, he used plastic and acrylic materials to create a knot, a symbol of textile fibre, social ties and the relationship between man and his environment. His conceptual work thus expresses a desire for renewal at the crossroads of sculpture and textile art. With this choice, the jury wanted to shift perspective inviting the public to broaden their scope of vision and appreciation of a medium with endless fields of investigation.
Alvaro Diego Gomez Campuzano was born in Bogota in 1956. Graduated in Landscape Architecture from the Javeriana University in 1978, the artist has presented his works in international exhibitions and public spaces worldwide since 1983. His works are part of the collections of many international museums. The artist uses textiles, scrap metal, metal parts, resins, concrete plates and stones to create autonomous works.