Martes 20 de setiembre de 2016.
6:00 pm Galería Lola Fernández
Escuela de Arte y Comunicación Visual – UNA, Costa Rica
The richness and cultural diversity of each region in Latin America, are represented by its crafts.
Argentina is a highly textile country, where an incredible array of techniques are present in an equally incredible array of competitions and shows. Ranging from vegetable to animal fiber creation, you can see categories such as traditional Mapuche indigenous weaving, horse mount blankets, belting, leather textiles, textile jewelry and accessories, felt toys, felt garments, basketry, contemporary paper creation, and more.
The National Fund for the Arts in Buenos Aires, is a governmental entity that holds an annual competition of craft cuture at a national level: Concurso Nacional de Artesanías FNA 2016, which will open to the public on September 1st, with four textile categories: traditional crafts; rescue; neo-crafts: Contemporary expression; and textile projection.
Textile artist Susana Larrambebere from Buenos Aires, has won 2nd Prize in Felt Garments, within the Contemporary Textiles category.
Her shawl was felted with exquisite Merino wool from Patagonia, over gauze with natural silk applications. It was dyed with purple and gold onions, walnut and acid aniline.
To see more of Susana’s creation, visit her site “El Cuarto De Las Lanitas”: http://www.elcuartodelaslanitas.com/ or her page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elcuarto.delaslanitas
Irene Carlos and I became friendly thanks to being members of the Surface Design Association at the time (2011,) and we also had a piece in the 4th WTA Biennial here in Costa Rica, so I admired her work even though I had not met her: She is a great visual artist from Guatemala.
That year, she was invited to visit in Afghanistan and, being a place of conflict, we didn’t expect her to be able to delve into textiles, but I anxiously awaited her letters and, of course, her photos.
Three skimpy letters arrived, with warnings not to publish location. I managed to make a full article out of them, without photographs. Some photos arrived later, but I didn’t get permission to publish them, so I didn’t.
Until now! I came across her article published by the European Textile Network, and quickly contacted her. The full story is fascinating:
She arrived in Herat, where she stayed for one month until unrest intensified in that city, leaving her to travel on her own. She visited Kabul first, and then Bamyan. I’m publishing her photos of Bamyan at the end.
May 24, 2011: In her first account she talked about her arrival, lodging, and other sensitive matters we could not publish. Afghanistan is, after all, a war area. The following letter was received this morning after a few days of silence. It promised me photographs that have arrived five years later: It turns out Irene sent the photos, but I did not receive them; then I got them, but couldn’t show them. Here is Irene’s second letter to me, which I posted so long ago:
Note, 2016: May I congratulate Irene Carlos on her latest article, published by the European Textile Network.
La Paz, Bolivia.— The Simón I. Patiño Cultural Center is once again, honored to present an exhibition of works by Uruguayan artist Beatriz Oggero. The show will be open to the public from July 5 to July 28, 2016.
The Kravetz Gallery in Córdoba, Argentina announces its exhibition of textile art by Ana Mazzoni at the Gran Hotel Victoria.
As of June 18th, 2016 Teatro Solís—the 160 year-old theater—is presenting an anniversary show in its PhotoGallery: A graphic retrospective of the patrimony of all Uruguayans.
Inaugurated in 1856, this stately landmark has treasured the artistic and cultural life of Montevideo, incorporating new forms and languages along the way, and developing audiences.
With the founding of its CIDDAE Center for Research, Documentation & Presentation of Scenic Arts, the Solís becomes an important asset in the field, with preservation, protection, and communication as important goals. However, it is important to remember that alongside theory, Teatro Solís has state-of-the-art technology, and offers a fantastic opportunity in the arts as well as quite an experience for the public.
In October 2017, the 7th WTA Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art will take place mainly at the Teatro Solís. Numerous other venues will participate during this event, but the Solís will house the main shows.
The Small Format Textile Art Salon as well as the Photography With Textile Theme Salon will take place at the Exposition Hall at Teatro Solís, and all works will approach the scenic/performing arts theme—contemplating theatre (puppets, circus, clown, street theatre, cabaret, recital, concert,) carnival and/or any endeavor related to those arts.
Also, due to the variety of expression mediums to which artists have access nowadays, the 7th WTA International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art looks to broaden the field of participation by proposing as a challenge, to venture into electronic mediums by way of an art video or “VideoArt,” making reference to textiles in any of its possibilities.
A Large Format competition will also be presented.
More information: http://uruguay2017.wta-online.org/
7th International WTA Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art
LARGE FORMAT SALON SIZE REQUIREMENTS
Large Format Textile Art “Folding-Unfolding”
(Arte Textil de Gran Formato “Plegable-Desplegable”)
Maximum= 100 X 280 cm | Minimum= 50 X 150 cm
Maximum measurements for tridimensional work: 280 cm (height) x 100 cm (width) x 80 cm (depth), and minimum: 150 cm (height) x 50 cm (width) x 50 cm (depth).
Maximum weight for works delivered in person: 20 Kilos.
Maximum weight for works sent by mail: 10 Kilos.
7th WTA International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art: “DIVERSITY” Uruguay 2017.
Note: At biennial level, the last two exhibitions are pioneers.