10.12.09 - 18.02.2009
"Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality" @ Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India (curated by Sunil Mehra)
18.09.09 – 22.10.09 "The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame" @ 4th Tirana International Biennial, Albania.
Episode 1, 18th September – 22 October, curated by Joa Ljungberg and Edi Muka
24.02.09 - 29.03.09 “Diritto Rovescio” @ Triennale Design Museum, Milan
Text By Nirith Nelson
Work on the installation The 16 ways began in September 2007, when Anila Rubiku was invited to the JCVA residency program in Israel. The work is based on Pietro Aretino’s almost forgotten, erotic manuscript from the Italian Renaissance I Modi. The book ignited Rubiku’s imagination when she was first exposed to it in a private collection in Venice.
As in previous projects, here too the artist was matched with a group of embroiderers, in this case Ethiopian women who have a long and rich tradition of extremely colourful work. In a complex and fascinating process, the 16 erotic positions were stitched by the religious women, whose responses to the material were quite strong. Subsequently the work was folded into a three dimensional illuminated fold-up and exhibited in the Braverman Gallery in Tel Aviv. The embroidery appeared enclosed in a box, where the viewers could discover the hidden erotic content. Anila extravagantly juxtaposes the most intimate material with the most public, and generates motion and openness in the very site of introverted traditionality.
June 7 - 26th, 2009
Threads, National Queer Arts Festival 2009 @ SOMARTS Gallery,San Francisco, California, USA
(curator Pamela Peniston & Courtney Dailey)
Threads Curatorial Statement
Queerness weaves the threads of our physical, social and moral existence together into a multi-dimensional fabric of community and our selves.
As queer artists we continue to create complex identities and imagine new modes of address through a myriad of queer tactics, textures and sensibilities.
What are the threads that bind, mend and sometimes unravel this spectacular fabric of queer art? How does this queerness operate? How does it present itself? How do we fashion, perform, subvert or display queerness in our art and lives?
We hope to explore these themes in art in all mediums that incorporate (in the broadest sense of these ideas): sewing, knitting, weaving, braiding, binding, knotting, textiles, quilting, patchwork, costuming, fashion and fashion events, drag, second skins, performance art, woven texts, blogs, digital networks and communities.
Curators: Tirza True Latimer, Rudy Lemcke, Matt McKinley, Pamela Peniston, Allison Smith, and Tina Takemoto
Exhibition Co-ordinators: Courtney Dailey & Tamara Loewenstein
27.06.09 – 04.10.09
“Säen und Jäten” @ Stadtische Galerie Ravensburg,Germany.
»Säen und Jäten« (Sowing and Weeding) provides an overview of the updating and transformation of regional folk culture in the field of contemporary art. The exhibition tour and the book focus upon the artistic orientation towards the construct of an »ancient«, regionally specific folk culture that informs artistic production nowadays in a variety of ways. Although commencing with artistic positions such as Kandinsky, Jorn or Beuys, who idealised folk culture in the Romantic tradition as a vehicle for an »elemental force of expression«, the main emphasis in the book featuring around 25 artists is however upon the most up-to-date positions.
List of the artists:
Raed Bawayah, Joseph Beuys, Franz Eggenschwiler, Steingrimur Eyfjörd, Kristof Georgen, Sebastian Hammwöhner, Uwe Henneken, Britta Jonas, Aurelia Mihai, Mariella Mosler, Michael Munding, Monika Nuber, Gabriela Oberkofler, David Renggli, Anselm Reyle, Anila Rubiku, Gitte Schäfer, Wiebke Siem, Andreas Slominski, Martin Städeli, Helmut Stallaerts, Olga Titus, Gert & Uwe Tobias.