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Art Opening at Bellas Artes

By Viridiana Gutiérrez Tejeda


The Cultural Center El Nigromante starts 2018 with three exhibitions that seek to give visibility to textile arts, which have been fundamental in the defining of cultures, their social structure, and their historical construct. The aim is to foster dialogue and reflection by questioning historical assumptions and by presenting creators from different countries in the unity of this ancient art. It is to demonstrate the infinite creative possibilities of textiles and the potential they offer as a means to explore current issues about the human condition.

The exhibition Masters Weavers of San Miguel: From Tradition to Contemporaneity is a tribute to the textile tradition of the region, which dates back to the 16th century. With Maestro Jesús Labrada, we will explore the traditional fabrics of the region, and with Dalia Mendieta, we will discover a new language, using traditional techniques. She separates these objects from merely the artisanal and puts the aesthetic experience before the functional character of the piece.

The meticulous work of Andrew Fisher of the United States is presented with his exhibition, Illumination. Here he shows us a different way of weaving by using canvas, steel, and paper to create intricately stitched tapestries that he gilds in gold or silver, turning them into almost sculptural objects that seem to belong to another era. He thus blurs their context to open multiple symbolic, historical, and even religious interpretations.

Shinpei Takeda of Japan presents the semiotic relationship between text and textiles in his exhibition, Antimonumento. A compilation of testimonies from survivors of the atomic bombs of Nagasaki and Hiroshima are present throughout his exhibitions. Following the construction of a conceptual tradition in art, Takeda shows the close relationship between the way language and fabric, or threads—manifesting through memory, pain, and suffering—look for new forms of subsistence.

The exhibit opening will take place next Friday, February 2 at 7pm. Admission is free.



Masters Weavers of San Miguel: From Tradition to Contemporaneity

Work by Maestro Jesús Labrada and Dalia Mendieta


Work by Andrew Fisher


Work by Shinpei Takeda

Fri, Feb 2, 7pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75



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