1-54 New York Presents Textile Art for its 2021 Physical Exhibition

Friday, May 21, 2021
1-54 New York Presents Textile Art for its 2021 Physical Exhibition

For its physical exhibition, 1-54 New York explores a characteristic presentation featuring only female artists working with textiles. Installed at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza in New York, the exhibition titled 'Knotted Ties'.

Following the successful presentations in their collaborations with Christie’s for the Paris and London editions, which was borne as a means to safely organize a fair in the pandemic, 1-54 Contemporary African Art, arguably Africa's biggest art fair, continues the partnership for a hybrid presentation of the New York edition which is currently ongoing.  This edition features twenty-six international galleries, and about 100 participating artists which will be presented as an online exhibition.

For the physical exhibition however, the fair has explored a unique presentation comprising of only female artists working with textiles. Installed at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza in New York, the exhibition which is titled Knotted Ties, explores the multiplicities of the medium and narratives portrayed and expressed through fabric and thread.

The artists exhibiting in ‘Knotted Ties’ are Ambrose, Igi Lola Ayedun, Joana Choumali, Lidia Lisbôa, Kimathi Mafafo, Turiya Magadlela, Dindga McCannon, Shervone Neckles, Josie Love Roebuck and Tina Williams Brewer.

Kimathi Mafafo, ‘Awaiting’, 2021, Hand and machine embroidery, 47.24 x 55.11 in 120 x 140 cm. Courtesy of Ebony/Curated

Emphasizing the strength of textile work and its capacity to convey humanity’s entangled histories, the selected works challenge social landscapes and complex realities. To buttress this, Kimathi Mafafo captures how she started exploring textile as a medium…

“I started with embroidery from wanting to duplicate my original paintings into embroidery. I can also trace back  that my late great-grandmother was an embroider in tapestry who used to decorate her tapestry in a beautiful house. So basically, I got the skill from my late grandmother”.

Knotted Ties will remain open to the public until May 26, 2021.

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