Related to the question discussed in previous posts of whether the pieces in our exhibition were “art”, there was some contestation around whether conflict textiles have an aesthetic value as such, whether what counts is the story of their origin/the story they tell, or whether they are also a form of testimony about human rights abuses that the respective perpetrators try to sweep under the carpet. Let's discuss!
"[W]hen I explained the story of this arpillera to my tour groups, they often stood quietly for much longer taking in everything it had to say." Read Danielle Young's reflections on the powerful conflict textile "Digital Death" and the effects it had on exhibition visitors.
This week, we continue our discussion of whether Conflict Textiles are arts, crafts or something else, and take a specific look at the reluctance of people inhabiting the "arts world" to take them seriously. Why so? And does it matter?
This week, we are launching the first episode of Liv Williams' Stitched Voices podcast. Enjoy listening!
Let's talk about Stitched Voices as a process. In this blog post we discuss the planning process, that is, how we came together as a team - broadly conceived - and how we decided what the contents of Stitched Voices should be.