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TEXTILE STRATEGIES IN ARTS AND FASHION

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Art history and visual culture class about visual strategies and the performativity of textile arts and fashion in the present and history

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GALLERY Lecture

Dr. phil. Isabella Woldt, Gallery Director and Researcher is speaking about textile art research

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Date: Thursday, 12 March, 2020, 6-8pm

Please join us for the talk and the a Q&A reception afterwards !

Location: The Exhibitionist Hotel, GARDEN ROOM, 8–10 Queensberry Pl,

London SW7 2EA, South Kensington

What is it about:

The class is based on understanding the processes of covering the room with textile, or wearing clothing as an expression of restraint and compliance with socio-political norms and behaviour, and on how the state of being uncovered can be perceived as a form of liberation, especially from political and/or religious dogma.

The class is divided into three parts, each dealing with a different artistic medium.

The first part deals with paintings. We will consider how textiles are depicted in the costumes worn by people in painted artworks. The main point of our analysis will be to discuss, how costume can be recognise as an expression and instrument of aesthetic, and socio-political norms and conventions. One example of this phenomenon that we will discuss is that of the portraits of rulers, such as Queen Elizabeth I, or Louis XIV. We will also ask questions about the staging of present political and behavioural norms by examining the images of several current leaders.

The second part of the course deals with textiles as they were used in the art of tapestry as a medium of covering the room. The emphasis here will be on the fabric itself and its quality, function, and use. Especially from the Renaissance on, tapestry wall hangings were used to express socio-political superiority. Not only did the quality of their workmanship and the high cost of their materials demonstrate the wealth and elevated social status of their owners, but the tapestries also came to be used as instruments of political manipulation. For example, the "Tunis"-tapestries, which present the historical event of conquest of Tunis in 1535 by the emperor Charles V.

In the third part of the seminar, we turn the perspective around, and examine the use of textiles in the arts, primarily as an instrument of unmasking and criticism. We will deal with the role of textiles in modern and contemporary art.

Though being undressed can be a form of freedom, it can also be read as a state of helplessness, as demonstrated by the award-winning photograph, taken on 8 June 1972, of a naked child screaming after a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. This highly circulated image became an effective form of socio-political criticism, this time questioning the human costs of war.

In another case, the artist Cosima von Bonin also uses textiles as a medium for socio-political criticism. In her work, she makes the soft toy the instrument of her criticism on political authority for example, by overemphasising its size or details, as well by juxtaposing it with objects with an opposite intent.

FINALLY: if you think, this is all about arts, — you are absolutely right, but exactly that is, what I want to teach, TO FOCUS on the function of textiles, which dominate so many parts of our entire life. Improving your knowledge about the function and strategies of textiles in art you will be able to recognise people and systems surrounding you, take the advantage and a better position for yourself.

(General terms and conditions for booked seminars and courses on www.dr-woldt-art-consulting-research.com)

Image: Gustav Klimt, The black hat, 1910, Private Collection (PD)

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