“In a series of discussions, exhibitions, seminars and presentations, TEXTILES: OPEN LETTER looks at textiles in contemporary art and at their history, materiality and language. Taking its name from the 1958 tapestry by German Bauhaus artist, teacher and writer Anni Albers, it explores this rich but under-examined field of artistic production and how in recent years it has been taken up once again by practitioners. As one of the oldest cultural techniques, textiles played an essential role in the history of industrialization and modernization. They have been a key component in the organization of culture and society, a central factor in the history of style and the formation of aesthetic language and taste, as well as an indicator of changing ideology and social mores. In the history of fine art, textiles have always played an important, but still undervalued role. Conceptual rather than medium-specific, TEXTILES: OPEN LETTER examines this history in relation to contemporary artistic practice and discourse.” (Rike Frank, Grant Watson)
Exhibition design, exhibition graphics and guide for “Textiles: Open Letter – Materialien einer Ausstellung” at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, 2 December 2012 – 3 February, 2013.
Photography: Andreas Schulze