Textile Journeys In Uruguay – Travesías Textiles en el Uruguay

The success of World Textile Art (WTA) exhibit, “Textile Journeys” in Uruguay includes very interesting side exhibitions such as “Inclusive Nets” (Redes Inclusivas) in the city of Maldonado.

Travesías Textiles

We had already enjoyed the presence of artist Humberto Demarco in the 4th WTA Biennial in San José, Costa Rica. Demarco, who offered a sensorial art workshop for the blind in 2006 here in Costa Rica, is now offering “Inclusive Nets” workshops in Uruguay, where sight and motor incapacitation victims can learn to weave.


Congratulations to WTA President, Ms. Pilar Tobón, and all artists involved in this very special exhibition.

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich



March 6 – 24, 2012

Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Victor Brecheret Convention Centre, São Paulo, Brazil

Curator: Zilamar Takeda

Participating artists: Agnes Franchini – Bete Landmann – Dulcineia Montico – Lala Martinez – Maria do Carmo Verdi – Marilena Novo – Miriam Pappalardo – Paula Yne – Renata Meirelles – Rita Moura – Severino Ramos – Viga Virginia Gordilho – Zilamar Takeda

Special guests: Renda Sol Project, with Elisabeth Horta & Palha Brasil Arte, and Cleide Toledo

Information: zilamar@zilamartakeda.com.br

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich, translation

Beatriz Oggero exhibits at Manzana 1, Bolivia

Inauguration: February 2, 2012

Calle Independencia & Plaza Manzana Uno


Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia


Manzana 1 Espacio de Arte is a not-for-profit art gallery located in the historical center of downtown Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. It is called Manzana 1 because it is found on the city’s first block. The building, which has been acknowledged as part of Santa Cruz’s historical legacy, was formerly the headquarters of the National Police and, after 13 years of neglect, it was opened once more, this time as a cultural space in 2005.


Beatriz Oggero is a Uruguay-born artist living in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Contact Beatriz: www.beatrizoggero.blogspot.com

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich, translation


Marianne Werkmeister’s “Window to the South” (Ventana al Sur) exhibition is being presented the entire month of February, 2012 at Hotel Termas Puyehue in the 10th region of Chile.

This new show is inspired  by the wonderful landscape in neutral and grey hues, with pumice stones from the Caulle volcanic range, and very thick yarns.

The following work is from the “Stone Sea” series, followed by one of  “Ventana al Sur” pieces.




Marianne Werkmeister, Textile Design


Termas Puyehue Hotel is located in the 10th region of Los Lagos at the foot of the Andes. It overlooks the impressive Puyehue National Park: a Nature sanctuary embracing 107000 hectares of beautiful forests, rivers and lakes, which was declared UNESCO’s biosphere reserve.

Address: Puyehue Ruta 215, Km 76 | Osorno, Puyehue 64, Chile

Pronunciation: Puyehue /poo-yeh-weh/

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich


HOMAGE: “Trama – Weft”

Dedicated to

Jorge Sosa Campiglia


Pablo Conde
Alejandra del Castillo
Nilda Echenique
Diego Masi
Sara Pacheco
Gustavo Real
Alicia Ubilla

October, 2010
MAPI Museum, Montevideo, Uruguay

A weft of friendships and brotherhoods

Seven renown artists—four women and three men—had a collective exhibit at the end of 2010.
This joint curatorial effort took installations linked to their most recent expressive worlds, and adapted them to this particular space.
The entire show was dedicated to tapicista (weaver) Jorge Sosa, and may be interpreted as Weft, or Warp, or Netting, or Plot, Theme, Plan, or Intrigue.
The first connotation supports and wraps, suggesting the work of two textile artists, both considered tapisserie creators and teaching pioneers in Uruguay: Jorge Sosa, who died in 2010, and Ernesto Aroztegui.
Aroztegui was also an enthusiastic founder of CETU (Centro de la Tapicería Uruguaya), the Center for Uruguayan Tapestry.
Although many students got close to textile and later adopted new materials and new expressive roads, the “textile touch”  of these two maestros was undeniable, and marked the lives of hundreds of people, forever.

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich, translation

Call for artist participation – CONVOCATORIA

Collective show: “Free Composition”

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 The Argentine Centre for Textile Art

invites members and non-members to participate.

 Opening: March 2, 2012 at 7:00pm
Closing: March 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

If you would like your work to be considered for this show and would like more information, please contact me.

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich

New Cultural Space In Buenos Aires

Faena Art Center: New Cultural Space In Buenos Aires

…o bicho suspenso na paisagen…

…a beast suspended within the landscape…

(These photos are not up-side down!)

In September, 2011 Faena Arts Center opened its doors within the recycled neighborhood of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The majestic site could only open doors with an equally majestic textile bicho (beast) by the great Brazilean maestro Ernesto Neto, who suspended his crochet-based installation from ceilings and walls, and covered the nets with thousands of plastic balls.

The result is this enormous organic form that seems to float above ground inviting visitors to walk, climb, touch and get lost in its insides.

Gabriela Nirino is swallowed by Neto's bicho

It took 30 assistants to help Neto create and install the beast.

Curated by Jessica Morgan, the exhibit is open to the public through February, 2012 and it’s a “must see, must feel” experience.



—Silvia Piza-Tandlich

“HERBARIO” in Antigua, Guatemala



January 14 – March 8, 2012

Marie-Noëlle Fontan’s prime materials are plants and their own forms and textures: roots, stems, pods and leaves, which maintain their form but not their order. This material is collected during Marie-Noëlle’s frequent travels.

Tangling, handling, spinning and weaving plants on her loom, she achieves her own form of landscaping to nourish our senses and imagination.


Marie-Noëlle’s work can be deemed as a return to the natural sources in textile art.

This week she inaugurated her exhibition “HERBARIO” in Guatemala, which will be open to the public until March 8.

Contact the artist: www.marie-noelle-fontan.com

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich, translation