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Exhibition co-curation with Alice Kettle, Arnolfini, 2022.

A major exhibition featuring 21 contemporary international artists and makers, who use textiles as their chosen medium.

Celebrating material and making, these artists all use the storytelling power of textiles to connect with past traditions, find commonalities between cultures, time and place, and to ‘breathe stories into materials’.

Threads encompassed processes of weaving and spinning, rug-making, stitching and embroidery, print, knit, threading, mending and found materials, with materials and techniques handed down, reused and reinvented.

Co-curated with leading textile artist Alice Kettle, Threads wove throughout Arnolfini’s three floors, to reveal how textiles ‘remember’, how memory is ‘embedded within the process of making’, and how new narratives are created.

Reflecting a range of experiences, materials, processes and artistic impulse, exhibiting artists included: Caroline Achaintre, Mounira Al Solh, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Olga de Amaral, Will Cruickshank, Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė, Lubaina Himid, Young In Hong, Raisa Kabir, Alice Kettle, Anya Paintsil, Anousha Payne, David Penny, Anna Perach, Celia Pym, Richard McVetis, Ibrahim Mahama, Farwa Moledina, Lucy Orta, Yinka Shonibare and Esna Su.

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Images: Installation shots - Cesta Lunar 50B, Oga de Amaral, Ezuhu Ezu, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji and Grab Test, Lubaina Himid. Photos Lisa Whiting © Arnolfini. 

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