6th WTA Biennial: Program

6th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art

World Textile Art – Air

Mexico, May 16 –June 3, 2011

The first Biennial event will be in Xalapa, a culture-oriented university town known as the “Veracruzan Athens,” sponsored by the Veracruzan University of Xalapa. In addition, the cities of Mexico DF and Oaxaca will also gather textile art creation, research, popular expression, management, and design personalities from all over the world.


International Congress, “Considerations Between Textiles and Society: A Recapitulation”. May 16-19, offers 40 conferences from 28 nations, and five theme tables. Venue: Xalapa Anthropology Museum, May 16 at 7:00pm.

• Mexico DF exhibits: Museum Diego Rivera-Anahucalli, May 26 at 7:00pm.

• Oaxaca exhibits: Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (CaSa), May 28 at noon.

The program includes the following shows: Salon Mini-textiles . Salon Art Object. Salon Large Format. Salon Recyclability In Textile Art, and Salon Collaborative Nets. In addition, the list of parallel shows and workshops is extensive.

Hicks: A Life In Textile

It is a great honor to have Sheila Hicks—pioneer of contemporary textile art—as special artist at the Museum of Anthropology. Her exhibit, “A Life In Textiles” will pay homage to this important artist, who started 50 years ago and still continues to guide the direction of new artists. Hicks has very strong ties with South America since it was our tradition that attracted her to textiles. There is no doubt that Mexico made an impression as well, compelling her to live here for a while near the workshop she created. Mexico is where she had her first exhibit, and among her favorite techniques is the huipil chamula from the Chiapas area.

WTA is creating the Sheila Hicks award, Pioneer In Textile Work, which will be presented for the first time at the closing ceremony in Xalapa.

See the article about Sheila Hicks in American Craft Council Magazine:

Itinerant Artist: Sheila Hicks
Textiles legend Sheila Hicks has never stopped traveling the world and seeking new horizons in her work.


The entire Biennial program can be found at www.wta–online.org

For more information: wta.aire.mexico@gmail.com


The exhibitions comprise

Large Format Salon: work by Ana Mazzoni, Argentina

a surprising number of renown LatinAmerican artists. I am posting a couple of “pre-show” works now, and promise to share more photographs as I receive them.


Invitation: Exhibition “Thread To Thread” (Hilo a hilo), contemporary textile art from Spain.

Thread To Thread

Large Format Salon. Ariane Garnier, Costa Rica. "The Draft". Galvanized wire, embroidery on rubber and mosquito net. 150 x 100 x 100cm.

Beatriz Oggero: Colored Transparencies. Copper wire wrapped with sewing thread. Large Format Salon. 6th WTA Biennial of Contemporary Art.

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich


6th WTA Biennial: Going to Oaxaca?

My work will be displayed at the 6th WTA Biennial’s Salon for Recyclability In Textile Art in Oaxaca, Mexico as of May 28!!!

Silvia Piza-Tandlich: Molecular Composition. Recycled afghan, fused plastic, papel picado, crochet. 2011, Salon For Recyclability In Textile Art, Oaxaca. Photo: Martha Alvarez.

Aside from the obvious thrill of chatting with artists and meeting new people, Oaxaca will feature Carolyn Kallenborn’s premiere of her documentary, Woven Lives, at the Oaxaca Textile Museum on June 2nd, which I really wanted to see.

Unfortunately, making the trip from Costa Rica to Mexico is expensive, and as my husband’s voice of reason sadly tells me what I already know, he also proposes to find “ways to fill the void.”  He’s right!

DVD cover for Woven Lives

While nothing could fill the void of not attending our own exhibit’s inauguration, so it happens that Carolyn Kallenborn does have the film on DVD for sale, and I have already requested a copy.

It also occurs to me that Carolyn has to fly herself all the way to Oaxaca at whatever price airlines charge, and then fly to the SDA Conference where she’s also giving a lecture and showing the film. I therefore, urge everyone to buy the film, and I know we won’t regret it: It’s made in very good taste, contains a lot of valuable information, and the proceeds will help Carolyn continue this type of important research. Last week I posted the film’s trailer, and I’ve seen photographs of Carolyn’s life with this Zapotec textile community in Oaxaca. This film is must-see, must-have! You can go to her website and use the payment options available

Or you can go to Oaxaca and see the exhibits at the Casa de Arte de San Agustín (CaSa) as well as the Oaxaca Textile Museum film premiere. If you go, please take lots of photos and share them with me!

—Silvia Piza-Tandlich