ON OUR WAY
on disply now at Scavolini SoHo Gallery, 429 W Broadway, New York, NY, 10012
“THREADS OF OUR TIME” curated by Barbara Pavan and Maurita Cardone
3rd of November | 12nd of November 2023
GALLERY SPACE AT CHELSEA MARKET
75, 9TH AVENUE
NEW YORK NY
“In THREAD OF OUR TIME the textile medium becomes language of art to investigate our time through the works of ten international artists who explore, in their research and artistic practice, the many issues that contemporaneity must face. A path that necessarily passes through the human element on which the effects of the consequences of choices and actions converge, of which it is often – directly or indirectly – itself the supporter or cause. The ambiguity of this dichotomy determines many of the contradictions that characterize contemporary societies which reflect the fragility of any balance, which is by its nature precarious since it is subject – like every other element and factor of the real and phenomenal world – to a continuous metamorphosis. Furthermore, it is the speed with which these transformation dynamics develop that destabilizes any model, escaping an equally immediate decoding and any prediction, subtracting certainties and points of reference.
From this liquidity that permeates our time and is also inserted into the daily, domestic, affective and emotional dimension of existence derives a plurality of reflections from where this exhibition starts and arrives.
Fibers and their processing have accompanied humanity since the dawn of civilization. Among the first complex technologies invented by men, the development of the techniques and processes connected to textiles have determined real cultural and social revolutions throughout history, sometimes changing the destiny of entire communities. Due to their characteristic aesthetic character, fabrics – particularly those to be worn – have played an assertive role in the representation of identity – individual and collective. And, finally, in one way or another, they remain in contact with the human body from the cradle to the grave.
The textile medium is intrinsically intertwined with the history of men and therefore has within itself a narrative value that draws on an ancestral and universal memory, even before being definitively recognized as the language of Art.
Through it, the anxieties at the beginning of this millennium take shape in this exhibition: its failures, its idiosyncrasies, its fears. But there is also room for the hopes, projects and dreams that humans continue to cultivate in the belief that a better future is truly possible”.
Maker’s Studio at Chelsea Market 448 W. 16th Street, New York