TEXTILE ARTIST & WEAVER
"The art of Mariana Silva Varela takes place beyond traditional borders between fiction and reality. Marianas works are often reminiscent of utopian and parallel worlds. At the same time, they are connected to deeply human experiences"
Text: Svante Tirén
LONGING 13 May- 14 Aug 2022 Paris
woven strands, woven stories, six artists from different parts of the world present personal narratives through their woven works, tackling issues of origin, heritage, belonging, family, spirituality and purpose. The underlying sense of longing that humanity at large has felt in recent times links the artists together i an over-arching theme: longing to connect or re-connect, longing for things past, longing for people lost or destinies unfulfilled.
The American artist Julia Bland, the British-Thai painter Mark Corfield-Moore, the Swedish visual artist Kristina Müntzing, the Swedish weaving artist Emelie Röndahl, the Chilean-Swedish textile artist Mariana Silva Varela and the French weaving artist Côme Touvay all have different backgrounds and approaches in their artistic practices. What binds them together is the use of crossing strands; warp and weft; that bring to life stories that are both personal and universal at the same time.
The exhibitionpresents around thirty woven pieces forming a continuous journey between the interior, the courtyard and the garden of the Hôtel de Marle.
The project was initiated in 2020 by the Swedish Institute, our headquarters in Stockholm, to examine the impact of the pandemic on artists as well as to promote international exchange in textile art.
Curator: Zimbabwean-Swede Marcia Harvey Isaksson, founder and director of Fiberspace, a Stockholm-based textile gallery.
What happens when people are not allowed to leave this world on their own terms? How is it to cope with loss when loss – in the shape lost identity, lost home, lost language – is already inscribed in your own fate?in this case death and those who are not given the chance to a proper goodbye because of the state of the world. What happens when people are not allowed to leave this world on their own terms? How is it to cope with loss when loss – in the shape lost identity, lost home, lost language – is already inscribed in your own fate?
Ponchos have been used by the Native American peoples of the Andes since pre-Hispanic time. As a garment, it has developed and survived many of the deepest traumas and crimes of colonization and continue to take on new shapes and tell stories, from everyday life situations to ceremonies and art. In its extraordinary multifunctionality, the poncho summarizes almost every part of life. It can be a protection, status symbol, practical garment, memorial object, identity marker and much else, even a funeral pall. In all its manifold uses, the shape of the poncho therefore provides unique possibilities to conversation on different experiences of death and life. This exhibition explores what happens when the poncho is elevated to a creative language of its own; liberated from conventional expectations and norms and free to tell its own stories across cultural borders and identities.
Text: Svante Helmbaek Tirén
STOCKHOLM CRAFT WEEk
ÖSTASIATISKA Artist talk, workshop & lecture
INDIGO MADDER /Vävmässan Halmstad26/9-9/10. 2022
LONGING /Swedish Institution
Salsta Slott/ This is the end
Rian Museum /To Construct a costume 16/6-15/8
Rikstolvan / Simrishamn
Group exhibition, AMBIGUITET
Mariana Silva Varela
1 juni- 31 Augusti
HV Galleri /Stockholm Solo exhibition, La Partida 2 September -10 oktober
Craftweek Stockholm 1-4 oktober
september 2019 1/ 10-2/2-2020 Södertälje konsthall/internationella motstånd museet 1978-2020 3/10-3/11-2019
Södertälje konsthall/internationella motstånd museet 1978-2020 3/10-3/11-2019
Hangmen Projects / Handmade tales 6/12-
Konsta(u)ktion för Chile / Hangmen Projects
7 februari-18 mars ARK DES/ Stockholm 24mars -13 maj Form/ Design Center; Malmö 17 maj-30 augusti HV galleriet 26 maj-26 augusti/ RIAN design museet/ Falkenberg 2 juli-13 Nytomta / Arvika oktober TBA/ Tokyo 30 oktober Länsmuseet/NAV Sweden 2017
April- maj Hv Gallerie/ Stockholm juli – augusti/Rånässalongen/Norrtälje september Väv mässan/Växjö 2016februari Green Room/Stockholm möbelmässa Maj HV Galleriet juni-september Kulturhuset/Stockholm 7 mode i sju akter juli-augusti Rånässalongen/Lek i Parken/Norrtälje oktober Galleri HV/ Stockholm
Artbets stipendium 2020 Konstnärsnämnden
Eva och Oscar Ahréns Stiftelse Hemslöjden/ Bo Hammarskiölds Stipendium Ny Tomta /
Maria Lindgren Sömmerskehem Stipendiet
Maria Lindgren Sömmerskehem Stipendiet Unman Stipendiet Estrid Ericson StipendietPågående arbete. Konstnärlig gestaltning -Snesen Förskola. Uppdragsgivare Stockholmskonst. 2015: Drömtorget, Kärrtorp torg-
uppdragsgivare – Stockholmsstad.
1/10 2019- 14/10 2020- Silk Weaver/ Vävare på vid Almgrens siden väveri
ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES (SELECTED)
Founder, coordinator and artistic director at LOKALRÄTTEN, Hökarängen.
IASPI/ Artist residens at 1shantiroad
1 Novemeber 2022 - 6 january 2023
FIBERSPACE GALLERY STOCKHOLM 12-28/1 2023
International Resistance Museum 1978-2020 Group exhibition
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