ART AND FABRIC: Joana Vasconcelos

With the 84th edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo has opened, at the Gucci Museum in Florence, an interesting research about the contemporary art dedicated to Joana Vasconcelos. After the important solo exhibition in Versailles, the Portuguese artist born in 1971, puts once again the focus of her reflection on the strong attachment to his native land. With this last exhibition as in Venice, where she presents an opera/boat that sails the lagoon, traditional elements are mixed with a very pop aesthetic. Ostrich feathers, coloured fabrics collected during her travels and objet trouvé that she normally uses in her installations are replaced by linear shapes.

Embroidery, a technique that she knows very well, is reconsidered with a new perspective: impressive the red Viana’s heart, a Portuguese symbol, reinterpreted with plastic cutlery molded in a network that became a suggestive red lace. Very interesting the video about the knitting technique of five Portuguese women.

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