The gallery connects the threads of narratives with textile art

“The Event of a Thread. Global Narratives in Textile", is the exhibition which brings together the works of about 25 artists from the country and the world who express their art through textiles. What meanings and inherent orders can be found in fabrics, what is their cultural importance and how can textiles be read, are some of the questions that find answers in the exhibition which opens tonight (Thursday) in the National Gallery of Kosovo. Their origin, meaning and roles of textiles in society are also analyzed there

Textiles constitute essential meaning in human history, they reflect an itinerary of cultural, economic and social developments. Starting from the earliest fibers manipulated in color to sophisticated contemporary textile designs, textile processing as an artistic practice carries with it diverse and complex meanings that provide answers to human development. Textiles are an integral part of the expression of identity and cultural heritage, they serve as a means of communication and storytelling through motifs, colors and techniques. Textiles continue to weave together shared history making connections across time and cultures.

The second exhibition for this year of the National Gallery of Kosovo takes place on these premises. After the indisputable success of the exhibition "Day, night, night years" of the "Haveit" collective, comes "The event of a thread. Global narratives in textiles" curated by Inka Gressel, Susanne Weiß and Hana Halilaj. Its opening is held today (Thursday).

Textiles form the place where art meets craft, traditions meet today and local knowledge intersects with global relationships, while these interactions are expected to be displayed in the collective exhibition that brings together around 25 foreign and local artists and groups. There are also the works of the pioneers of this technique in Kosovo, Valbona Zherka, Blerim Luzha and Matej Rodiqi.

The exhibition is billed as an event that highlights the many complex ways in which the participating artists work with textiles. They connect personal and aesthetic narratives to the social and economic configuration of the globalized world by offering global perspectives grounded in local contexts.

Susanne Weiß has revealed more details about the content of this exhibition, saying that her idea, which has existed for seven years now, is to include local actors in them.

"For these seven editions in a row, we have acted by bringing to many countries an essential exhibition, which is in a state of dialogue with the local concepts of the host country. They always talk about regional aspects", said Weiß, who was invited on Tuesday to the show "Express" on KTV together with the curators Inka Gressel and Hana Halilaj.

In 1965, Bauhaus artist Anni Albers described the "Event of a Thread" as something that conveys not just one line, but several, without beginning or end. As such it implies continuous scope to reassess relationships and restructure connections and contexts.

In all parts of the world, the complex inscriptions of textiles through their cultural and industrial histories can be witnessed. At the National Gallery of Kosovo, this traveling exhibition begins with the intricate weaving of narratives from the globe and initiates new conversations in the local context. Stories are deftly woven into sculptural fabrics and textiles emphasizing the dynamic and versatile nature of fibers.

Part of the artistic works exhibited will be the basic works of the exhibition alongside the new ones that will be attached to them in Kosovo. The curators call this a book which is presented with new stories every time.

Inka Gressel, the other curator of the exhibition, sees textiles as a medium that resembles the organic architecture of man, through which the origin, meaning and role of a society are known.

"It is a coding system in textiles. For example, it used to be known what color people with certain positions in society wore, then different patterns and their meanings. Thus, migration is also presented in textiles, as these paternal colors travel through different cultures", she said.

For Hana Halilajn, curator of the National Gallery of Kosovo, it is important that such an exhibition is being held, which makes the role of textiles in art to be taken into account.

"In this exhibition, the well-known names of textile art in Kosovo will be presented. However, when presented with international artists, what is highlighted is a universal language of a way of thinking and living that we share with each other, so it is a beautiful feeling how these works open new conversations and represent cultures around the world", said Halilaj.

The exhibition brings together 13 artists who have been part of the exhibition, joins 10 others from Kosovo. It will be open until April 28, while after Pristina it will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje with the curator Jovanka Popova.