Saturday, September 10, 2016

Opening of "Stuff for Thought" in Nuremberg

Despite the fact that our town seems to be completely cut off from the rest of the world - and has been like that for months, with the cut-off place slowly wandering from one place to the other - I set out to go to Nuremberg yesterday because I wanted to be there for the opening of "Stuff for Thought".
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Nuremberg Bureau for Human Rights and textile artist Heidi Drahota and is connected to the annual Nuremberg Peace Award. Last year it was awarded to Amirul Haque Amin for his long-term work for the improvement of working conditions in textile production sites in Bangladesh, and the call for this show requested artwork along this topic. Heidi Drahota admits that she was nervous when the call had been issued because she was not sure that enough works would be submitted for such a topic. But it has  turned into a very interesting exhibition indeed.

Last year Heidi Drahota had alreade organized a fabric community project, which is also being shown in the exhibition.

(photo by Barbara Lange)

Several of the artists were present at the opening.

The entrance hall of the Nuremberg Rathaus is a stately venue which gets lots of visitors who are not necessarily coming for an art exhibition, but who will be confronted with these pieces on their way to municipal bureaucracy.

My quilt "Thinking of Nasrin" is positioned on a central pillar, and certainly light conditions will be better during daytime opening hours. I used several pieces of Afghan fabric and 3 Afghan embroidered squares and added a lot of hand-stitching myself. Because the embroidered squares were all made by a woman named Nasrin I decided on the quilt's title, as I kept thinking about this unknown-to-me woman while I was working on the quilt.

Barbara Lange worked on the topic of the rapidity of changes in fashion in her three-section-piece.

Jana Sterbova's work is made mostly from denim fabrics.

And Caroline Higgs' piece wonders about the people from Gambia who disappear 'Into the Blue' in search of a better life, and the connections that we, people who live in the affluent 'Western Countries', have to these people and their fate.

It is a very moving and thought-provoking exhibition and well worth seeing - until September 25.

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