|Mantra, Franka Lechner, 2008, 174 x 81 cm|
The show juxtaposes "tribal" cloth from all over the world, some of it antique, with contemporary fibre art.
|Ad Absurdum, Claudia Maria Luenig, 2009|
|I Love You series, Nora Bachel, 2000/2002|
|I Love You, Nora Bachel|
|Das Lied der Flamme, Leena Naumanen, 2006, 50 x 170 cm|
|detail, Das Lied der Flamme, Leena Naumanen|
|Wo gehe ich hin, Leena Naumanen, 2007, units 120 x 215 cm|
|Tribal garments from various countries|
hang in front of four panels by Tone Fink,1995 - 2000
Beyond their practical purpose or decorative function, the "tribal" pieces had a ritual or cultural significance. By exhibiting the contemporary with the indigenous, the viewer is invited to contemplate the ritual/cultural aspect of modern work in cloth. Fibre art is inherently heavily-worked, with a great commitment of hands-on time and skill by the maker. If the medium is the message, what is the medium saying that isn't said in painting or print-making, for example? How does it function within our "tribe"?