Newsletter #7: In Depth

Catálogo de la exposición retrospectiva de Olga de Amaral, 1993.

Catálogo de la exposición retrospectiva de Olga de Amaral, 1993.

Cronology of Textile Art In Iberoamerica

TEXTILIA Editorial Council Part IV, (1990 – 1999)

We wish to express special thanks to Julián Ruesga, Beatriz Oggero, Zilamar Takeda, and Gracia Cutuli for their invaluable contributions that nurtured this decade of the 1990’s.
Textilia Bulletin Editorial Counsel

1990. In Uruguay, “The Gobelino Tapestry In Uruguay”, exposition organized by the Alliance Française in its exhibition halls in Montevideo.

• In Brazil, “Tapestry Weaver Henrique Schucman”, by Ernesto Aroztegui is exposed individually at Galeria “A Hebraica,” in São Paulo.

1991. In the U.S.A. and Colombia. “Fibers. USA-Colombia,” joint exposition of U.S. and Colombian artists.

• In Portugal, First Symposium of Contemporary Tapestry in Loures, organized by the municipality and Group 3.4.5. Associaçao de Tapeçaria Contemporânea Portuguesa.

• In Spain, “Between Fabrics and Looms.” Exposition held at Santillana del Mar, Santander, presenting new perspectives in Spanish textile art. It gathers works by artists utilizing textile in their plastic work: collages, sculpting, tapestry, patchwork, painting, and paper. The diversity of work is evidence of definite rupture with textile auto-referenciality—abstract and minimalist—and the development of languages and personal poetry made from, or through, fiber and textile techniques.

• In Uruguay, 2nd Latin-American Encounter of Mini-textiles, organized by CETU at the Subte Municipal Hall in Montevideo, with the participation of artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay. Jointly, textile designer, Heloisa Crocco’s proposal is exhibited, with the theme of research over Brazilian endangered woods.

• The Textile Department is developed in the Textile & Fashion Sector of Center for Industrial Design in Montevideo, Uruguay, directed by professor Beatriz Oggero until 1996.

• In U.S.A.: Contemporary Textile Art of Chile, at the art gallery at International Development Bank in Washington, DC. Works by 25 Chilean textile artists.

1992. In Mexico, “Interweave and Fusion,” exposition in Mexico, D.F. by Mexican textile artists searching around the mestizo cultural theme.

• In Brazil, First Encounter of Students of Design, with the participation of students from Center for Design, Uruguay.

• Solo exhibit by artist Zoravia Bettiol, showing textile art pieces, design, and xylography at the Atelier Zoravia Bettiol in São Paulo, Brazil, and at the Museo de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul with textile art and ornaments.

1993. In Spain, number zero edition of magazine, “arte/facto” is edited. The magazine intends to serve as a bridge between the Spanish-speaking world and the rest of the countries, and get closer to contemporary textile art from a critical attitude point of view, focusing it from the various positions of contemporary critical theory. Nine editions are published.

• Second Simpósio e Tapeçaria Contemporânea in Loures, Portugal, now having international participation (Spanish, Brazilean, and Swedish). Conferences and workshops are held at the same time.

• In the U.S.A., “Exploring the Boundaries Between Craft and Art”—exposition of Argentine artists at Humphrey Fine Art Gallery in NYC.

• In Uruguay, homage exposition to weaver, Ana Maria Abbondanza at Galería Paseo de la Matriz, Montevideo.

• In Brazil, Catarinense Hall of Plastic Arts at Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.

• In Colombia, “Four Seasons,” retrospective exposition by Olga de Amaral at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota.

1994. In Uruguay, Ernesto Aroztegui dies in Montevideo. He was one the most renown artists of weaving in Latin America, and promoter of this medium in Brazil and Uruguay. His teachings and aesthetics have influenced dozens of artists.

• 9th National Encounter of Textile Art in homage to Ernesto Aroztegui at Subte Municipal, Uruguay.

• In Brazil, Paulina Ortiz represents Costa Rica at the 22nd International Biennial of São Paulo. Mega walkthrough installation that evokes cosmovision of the pre-Columbian being in harmony with Nature. She utilizes personal techniques in fiber manipulation.

1995. In Spain and Denmark, “Paper without borders/Papel sin fronteras/Carta senza frontiere/Papir uden graenser,” international project where seven Danish, seven Italian, and seven Spanish artists participate—all working on paper.

• In Brazil, participation of Salão De Artes Plásticas at Galeria Victor Meirelles in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.

1996. In Chile, “Contemporary Textile Art In Chile,” panorama of Chilean textile art at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago.

1997. U.S.A.: Constitution of Women In Textile Arts Organization (WTA) by Pilar Tobon in Miami, Florida.

1998. In Uruguay, “Voices of Nature,” collective exposition at the Montevideo Cabildo, organized by the Studio of Textile Techniques at Casa Municipal de Cultura under the direction of professor Rosa Barragán.

• In Poland, Chilean artist Andrea Fischer presents her work, “Vital Cycle”—installation measuring 50 meters square at the Textile Art Triennial in Lödz, receiving an honorary mention.

• In Spain, “Living With Textiles” is held in Barcelona and Madrid: 7th Conference of the European Textile Network (ETN). A series of expositions is organized within the program of parallel activities, particularly Finnish Textile Art, Textile Art by the School of Fine Arts of Brussels, and Redes, exposition with 111 artists from around 30 countries. These exhibits are a landmark in Spanish textile art, showing everything being done in the world at that time.

1999. In Bolivia, collective exposition, “Unfinished Warps,” organized by the Space at Foundation Simón I. Patiño, La Paz.

Translation: Silvia Piza-Tandlich

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PROFILE First Encounter of the Ibero-American

Textile Creation: Sustainable Tradition & Responsible Innovation

San José de Costa Rica,September 3 to 17, 2010

The IBEROAMERICAN TEXTILE NETWORK in association with the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, is presently organizing the First Encounter of the IBEROAMERICAN TEXTILE NETWORK in September, 2010 in Costa Rica.

The Ministry of Culture and Youth has given this event a Declaration of Cultural Interest, having also the sponsorship of important institutions such as the Cultural Center of Spain, Veritas University, House of Culture “José Figueres Ferrer,” National University and the Omar Dengo Foundation.

This First Encounter will allow REDTEXTILIA to consolidate its primordial objective of promoting knowledge and development of the textile culture of Latin America, Spain, and Portugal in the fields of patrimony, education, and creation. This will be an experience based on exchange, looking to offer a current and global vision of textile endeavors.

In order to promote knowledge and development of textile culture, REDTEXTILIA is also organizing a group of internationally renown consultants in order to impart workshops about cultural enterprising, and design of products aiming to optimize the capacity of indigenous women and rural communities within the country.

This Encounter of the IBEROAMERICAN TEXTILE NETWORK hopes to actively incorporate interested students within the textile theme, thereby incorporating our countries’ youth, and recognizing in them a proactive and creative group, who will have in their hands the future and conservation of textile endeavor.

The program of the First Encounter includes a General Membership Ordinary Meeting, exhibitions, conferences, workshops by international experts, exposition of projects (which are registered and selected in advance), and a textile trip to Panama.

The exhibitions offer diverse looks at textile creation, and have been planned within a walking radius of the east side of the capital city of San José, which makes it easier for national and international visitors to move around. These are:

· International Juried Competition: “Textile Creation: Sustainable Tradition & Responsible Innovation” at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center. Members of the jury will be Rebecca Stevens, Contemporary Art Consultant of the Textile Museum in Washington, DC; Beatrijs Sterk, Board Secretary of the European Textile Network, and Maria Enriqueta Guardia, Art Historian and associated professor of the University of Costa Rica. Deadline for participation proposals: May 31, 2010. This show will be open to the public from September 6 to October 12, 2010.

· Invited Artists exhibition, also at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center. Deadline for participation proposals: June 18, 2010. Exhibition dates as the same as the juried competition above.

· SOFT 4: “Fourth International Biennial of Fashion Accessories”, organized by the Association of Textile Creators of Madrid (ACTM) at the Cultural Center of Spain. Deadline for participation proposals: June 30, 2010.

· Exhibition by Affiliate Members of REDTEXTILIA at House of Culture “José Figueres Ferrer.”. Deadline for participation proposals: May 31, 2010. This show will be open to the public from September 6 to October 12, 2010.

· Costa Rican Textile Creation”, exhibit at the Omar Dengo Foundation and Veritas University.

· “Metamorphosis, A New Cycle,” exhibit by Silvia Piza-Tandlich at the National Museum in San José, Costa Rica. This show will be open to the public from July 1 to September 26, 2010.

· “Latin American Textile Creators,” at the Mexico Cultural Institute; with emphasis on Chile, where the Second Encounter of Redtextilia will be held in the year 2012.

In order to increase excellence in textile creation, the Redtextilia has decided to give the following merit awards:

· Recognition by diploma to the best international work submitted within the present invitation in the three categories of art, contemporary textile design, or traditional textile.
· Recognition by diploma to the best work submitted by the affiliates within the present invitation in the three categories of art, contemporary textile design, and traditional textile.

The closing of the First Encounter of the IBEROAMERICAN TEXTILE NETWORK will be celebrated with a country day of friendship at Turrialba Volcano. The following day will mark the beginning of the textile journey through Panama, with a visit to San Blas Islands—“cradle of the Mola”—and the Panama Canal.

Costa Rica and textile culture are PURA VIDA (all life), and we await you to share it with us!

Translation: Silvia Piza-Tandlich