Join Sylvie Franquet for an insightful talk about her new solo exhibition at October Gallery.
Born in Belgium, she read Arabic and Islamic Studies at Ghent and Cairo universities. Much of her life has been spent immersed in the Mediterranean world, reading, travelling widely throughout the region, and writing extensively on Middle Eastern culture. Out of this has come the unique artistic voice in reMembering, which layers word and image, ancient myth and everyday life, in textile, collage and installation.
Franquet reworks found tapestries, showing a preference for those based on canonical works of art. She overlays these with further images and with found words from poets and thinkers, and text messages from friends. Needlepoint’s complex history of gendered production is a central concern of Franquet’s work, and reMembering questions attitudes surrounding gender and creative status. Franquet’s work has been featured in Vogue and Elle, and her art was included in the critically-acclaimed exhibition More Material, curated by Duro Olowu at Salon 94 in New York. She also participated in the 2015 Féminin Pluriel exhibition at Fondation Dar Bellarj in Marrakech. The October Gallery exhibition will be Franquet’s first major presentation, and the first public showing of the artist’s Poupées and the installation The Wayward Sisters.