Weaving New Worlds
William Morris Gallery, London
– 23 September 2018
The exhibition “Weaving New Worlds” showcases work by 16 international textile artists weaving contemporary stories in tapestry.
Tapestries inevitably tell stories through their motifs. In the displayed works, topics of the current zeitgeist are represented in visual form with content ranging from political statements to the beauty of nature. At the same time, the artists use techniques of traditional weaving, such as the traditional method of hand-knotting tapestry, whereby they sometimes push the limits of technical possibilities.
Exhibits include wall hangings by Mari Meen Halsøy from Norway, which she used to cover up war wounds and holes in the walls and houses of Lebanon and Syria as part of the project “Wounds”. Beirut in the Lebanon has been a battleground for decades leaving a legacy of buildings scarred and pitted with bullet holes and cracks. Halsøy wove individual pieces to fit perfectly in shape and colour into these gaps, almost invisibly closing up these wall wounds. The buildings represent the city’s population, and Halsøy expresses her human compassion and her mental support for the reconstruction with this project.
Parallel to the exhibition, various weaving events will take place, and on 24 June 2018, curator Lesley Millar will hold a guided tour followed by a discussion.