Photo Essay: China’s 8th Int’l Fiber Art Biennale
Surface Design News January 17, 2015
2014’s 8th International Fiber Art Biennale Exhibition From Lausanne to Beijing was again held in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China from September 30 – October 30.
Begun in 2000, China’s Fiber Art Biennale is now 14 years old. It has become one of the largest textile art events in the world. It was hosted by Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University, culture bureau of Tongxiang and Fiber Art Institute of China National Academy of Painting.
186 works were selected for the exhibition from an entry pool of 655 works by 220 artists from 41 countries. 363 of those works were by Chinese makers; 292 came from other countries. Though originally an invitational, it is now a juried show. 12 jurors were led by “General Curator” artist Deng Lin, from China National Academy of Painting. 5 Chinese plus 6 international jurors included former SDA member Joan Schulze (USA), Nancy Kozikowski (USA) and Liz Williamson (AUS). Jurors’ work was shown in a separate hall. (SDA member (and former board member) Susan Taber Avila also had work in the show (see below). -Ed.)
An 8th International Fiber Art Symposium preceded the exhibition opening on September 28-29, in the resort of Wuzhen in Tongxiang City, Zhejiang Province. It included presentations, papers and group discussions over the course of 3 days on the theme of “Inclusiveness and Integration.” Artists from Poland, Italy, USA, Australia, Korea, Switzerland, Austria and France (among many others) gave brief statements about textile arts zeitgeist in their countries. There was also a discussion about the starting point of the Silk Road. Highly professional translators for English and Chinese were provided.
Beside the official events, it was possible to visit several local textile manufacturing shops. Chinese hospitality was great! It included the possibility for idea exchange between Chinese and visiting artists – often with the help of English-speaking student-interpreters.
Selected works will be published in “From Lausanne to Beijing 8th International Fiber Art Biennial Catalogue” by China Arcitecture & Building Press. The catalogue had an expected publishing date of around mid-December, 2014. (No ordering information is available at present. Try checking official site for updates at www.chinafiberart.com – Ed.)
Below is a featured selection of works from this year’s exhibition:
Gallery shots of more work from the exhibition, plus other images and videos from the proceedings, are available on official website (in Chinese).
Ursula Gerber Senger (born in Zurich, Switzerland) started designing textiles in Venezuela in 1981 then shifted to creating sculptural objects in 1992.
Since 2006, she has reduced the variety of materials she uses and put a new focus on “people traveling” and using new media. Her prize-winning work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, museums, publications and private collections at home and abroad. This is her 4th Fiber Art Biennale in China and the 2nd time she’s traveled there to attend the symposium and exhibition.
She is a member of European Textile Network (ETN) , Surface Design Association (SDA) and an Honorable Member in World Textil Art (WTA).
Visit her website at www.ursula-gerber.ch
Visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Ursula-Gerber-Senger