Dear Heenaben, I´m showing your embroidery in Stockholm now. It looks great.
Masters Exhibition by Anna Ihle, Vita Havet, Konstfack, October 2-11, 2013.
Datum och tid
2 oktober 2013 kl 16:00 - 11 oktober 2013 kl 17:00
Typ av händelse
Plats och färdväg
Konstfack, LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Se karta)
Färdväg: Tunnelbana eller buss till Telefonplan
Anna Ihle is studying her last year at the Art in the Public Realm program at Konstfack, and her solo show is being held in Vita Havet. The opening takes place Wednesday October 2 at 5-8pm. Performance at 6pm.
Mahatma Gandhi´s philosophy is intrinsically connected to textile: "You should spin and spin in order to make your heart pure". Mahatma Gandhi used spinning as a weapon in the liberation process in India, promoting it as a way of a nation to be self sustained, to have the masses involved in local production, rather than mass production. As India had a huge cotton industry, it was a natural place for the liberation movement to put efforts: A thread can be spun anywhere, and by hardly any cost of the spinner. By producing this handmade versatile fabric, India’s economy would gain, instead of relying on imported goods. This textile movement soon became an icon of the Indian freedom movement communicating values of nationalism, equality and self- reliance. The spinning and weaving was promoted as an activity for all classes, all castes. By September 1919, Gandhi had recruited socialites of Bombay to the spinning cause. However, his advocacy was full of ironical twists. As he wrote to Lady Tata, one of the Bombay socialites, he offered to send her a spinning wheel, if she only would send him her car to pick it up.
During 2010/2011 Anna Ihle was a student at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where she learned how to weave. This winter she decided to revisit to ask people, working with handmade textiles, how they think about their work. For the exhibition at Konstfack, Anna Ihle is showing works that are based on conversations with people involved in the production of handmade textiles.
Anna Ihle is born 1984, Stavanger, Norway and she uses art as a method to get close to people. Her works often happen through a sort of real-time performance, where she invites people to be participants in the process. There, she points to the threads that bring us together.