To celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus, Decorating Dissidence are bringing together performance artists, visual artists, community groups and craft practitioners as a response to the women’s weaving workshop…
Launch: Friday 1st November, 7pm-1:30am, Register for a free ticket HERE. Performances by Raisa Kabir & Julie Rose Bower, plus DJs
Exhibition opening times: 30th October – 6th November
The women of the Bauhaus had no real other choice but to work in weaving. As painter Oskar Schlemmer said in 1920: ‘Where there’s wool, there’s also a woman who will spin it, even if it is just to pass the time’. The weaving workshop that emerged in the Bauhaus was artistically progressive but lacking in gender parity. Yet, many made it a radical site of experimentation and exploration including Anni Albers, Gunta Stölzl, Michiko Yamawaki, and Lilly Reich.
This exhibition considers the legacies of crafting and weaving from modernism to the contemporary, both celebrating and challenging the avant-garde work of the weaving workshop.
The launch party will see performances by Rasia Kabir and Julie Rose Bower, as well as a chance to explore the exhibition and dance to DJs.
Exhibiting artists include:
+ more tbc.
‘Something speaks to us, a sound, a touch, hardness or softness, it catches us and asks us to be formed’ – Anni Albers, ‘Material as Metaphor’ (1982)
Decorating Dissidence is an interdisciplinary project exploring the political, aesthetic & conceptual qualities of feminine-coded arts from modernism to the contemporary. It brings together art practitioners, makers, curators, activists and academics to break down disciplinary boundaries and find new ways to critically engage with feminist art history. It opens up a space for intergenerational dialogue between contemporary and modernist makers, in order to reveal the lasting legacies of marginalised women artists who worked at the dissident intersections between established mediums and modes of modern art.