The Event of a Thread: Global Narratives in Textiles

22 February–7 July 2019

Exhibition Overview


Gülsün Karamustafa, Angel, 1986. Textile collage, 103 x 144 x 15 cm.

“The Event of a Thread” brings together 25 international contemporary artists, who use textile to create aesthetic and cultural narratives through objects, installations and video works. The title of the exhibition is a quotation from On Weaving (1965), the reference book by Anni Albers, one of the most important artists from the Bauhaus textile workshops. Albers believed that socio-cultural and economic activities impacted textiles, and stated that “Just as it is possible to go from any place to any other, so also, starting from a defined and specialized field, can one arrive at a realization of ever-extending relationships. Thus tangential subjects come into view.” According to Albers, one could discover “the event of a thread” at the root of each development. In the exhibition, weaving threads are utilized as a metaphor, which facilitate the interaction of weaving styles, stories and production techniques from different cultures, and mediate the development of new connections between them.

(Photo: Chroma. Courtesy of the artist and BüroSarigedik.)

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