THE GALLERY OF EVERYTHING presents OF A LIFE/TIME, the first international exhibition of contemporary tapestries by Belarusian artist and storyteller, Olga Frantskevich. Exhibiting for the first time outside the Eastern Bloc, FRANTSKEVICH authors hand-woven episodes which recall a childhood of conflict through reminiscence and dream. A sense of urgency pervades the self-propelled practice. Today, as she enters her ninth decade, FRANTSKEVICH reclaims an intensely personal history for the collective memory - not with the pen, but with the needle.
Also on display, a group of diagram/drawings curated from the everyday discipline of EZEKIEL MESSOU. From his atelier in Benin, MESSOU has evolved an encyclopaedic inventory of repair. Portraits of sewing machines, draughted with ballpoint and lead, form this informal opus of difference and repetition. They bear witness to the restorative ability of their maker; to the balance between personal and professional practices; and to a life, remembered in mechanical memories – identity-stamped with pride, and for all to see.
To coincide with the exhibition and the resurgence of interest in textiles as a medium for expression and storytelling, The Gallery of Everything presents the talk CONFLICT TEXTILES BY ROBERTA BACIC. This free event takes place from 2pm to 3.30pm on Sunday 3rd February. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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