WOMEN WEAVERS, A COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION THAT EXPLORES THE CONSTRUCTION OF WORLDS THROUGH WEAVE
On September 14th, TBBox Art & Ideobox ArtSpace inaugurates Women Weavers: The Warp of Memory, a collective exhibition that includes artists from all over America curated by the Aluna Curatorial Collective.
Constituted by works from 1973 until present, the exhibition, Women Weavers: The Warp of Memory explores the creation of worlds from the mythical figure of Aracné who interpret the weaves of different artists. The exhibition proposes a mutation from the weaving act into a practice that alludes to collective memory by adding new threads that link worlds. Thus, the artists translate ancestral cultures legacy to the contemporary art scene. As a result, the works propose to the spectator to stealthily cross the thread that unites the fabric of these contemporary Arachnees.
Likewise, weave technique is understood from this worldview of poesies. "The word textile comes from the Latin 'texere' which means 'weave', 'braid' or 'construct' and is the common root of the words text and fabric," explains the curatorial text of the exhibition.
Between the presented works, artists with great trajectory stand out like Olga de Amaral (Colombia 1932), Stella Bernal de Parra (Colombia 1932), Maria Angelica Medina (France 1939) and Cecilia Vicuña (Chile 1994).
In addition, the exhibition is also constitute by alternative artists such as Rachel Schwartz who used modern music cassettes tapes to weave dark and flexible a tapestry; Agustina Woodgate composing abstract rugs with discarded stuffed animal waste; or Sylvia Denburg who builds stitched maps with the traditional huipiles that have been discarded by the native women of Guatemala.
In the ancient Andean mythology, where messages and history were transmitted through textiles, there was a belief that when souls died, they undertook a journey until they reached a place where the wind between the hills blew with great power. Then their lives and works took the form of a fabric and only those weaves with sufficient strength resisted that step. This is precisely the case of all the works included in Women weavers: the warp of memory.