A short intro from the organizer
And here we are arriving at the 5th edition of CONTEXTILE. Between the 5th September and the 25th October 2020, the city of Guimarães, and its territory, will once again be the stage for the Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, an international event.
The city, and the textile community, gradually take over the dynamics of the biennial, enthusiastically welcoming the many national and international artists who visit and participate in each biennial. Counting on the strategic support of the Municipality of Guimarães, the Textile companies, DGartes, among others.
CONTEXTILE 2020 will once again occupy the various cultural spaces and public areas of the city, always with the aim of disseminating what is done best in Contemporary Textile Art, in Portugal and in the world.
Always starting from our challenge of placing textile in the context of contemporary art.
The theme of the exhibition 2020 is PLACES OF MEMORY
* PLACES OF MEMORY_Inter-discourses of a textile territory.
The territory and its textile memory provoke new thoughts and new artistic production one wants to rescue from the past, filtering it in the present, contaminating the future.
Understanding the place through its temporal dimension, thinking and rethinking the definitions based on the relations that are established between geographic and identity space, social and political, artistic and aesthetic, of memory and imagination, thus insisting in the idea of place as inhabited space
Through reflective practices about a place or the resignification of a territory, considering and/or removing topias, it may be possible to give way to new discourses. Appropriating the memory, inhabiting the uninhabited, common or individual, the inane becoming alive.
870 artist sign up for the open call and 50 artist were selected.
Kerstin Lindström from Fiber Art Sweden is participating in Contextile 2020 with
TOUCHING GROUND Icelandic memories
TOUCHING GROUND Approaching the memory of a place can be reviving the feeling of the ground. The touch of a hand or a foot. Moments of light and shadow, scents and temperature saved in your body. The artproject ”Touching ground” is a close study of the surface we all walk on, a fragile protective membrane for us to enter. The material in the artworks are recycled woolen patches, an old coarse fabric specially designed to protect feet from cold in unpadded boots.
Icelandic memories is inspired by a two-month scholarship at Textilsetur in Blönduos in northern Iceland. The three-part work of art is a processing of an overwhelming feeling of a landscape where the ground has just solidified and everything can suddenly set in motion. Kerstin Lindström