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Christine Risley Award 2017
Clémentine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos
29th September - 8th December 2017
Wed-Fri 11.00 - 17.00
Opening reception 28th September 16.00 - 20.00
The Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of works by the winner of the Christine Risley Award 2017, Clémentine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos.
The award was made in recognition of the strength of her performance work Contagious Hystories, performed during the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show. An associated film will be on exhibit at the Constance Gallery, along with photographic documentation by the audience and garments hand-made by the artist.
Contagious Hystories, sensitively dealt with ideas around the divided self, drawing upon the relationship between textile and the body to physically and spatially describe the emergence of two separate identities from a whole through the duration of a 1.5 hour performance. Utilising digital, and screen printing in combination with cyanotype processes, the hand-made garments, which draw on personal, family and cultural histories, embody this metamorphosis.
The performance was held in an autonomous temporary structure on ‘disused’ land in New Cross, from which travellers were recently evicted. Asking the audience to climb over a wall into this confined space, required them to enact the experience of displacement whilst creating a sense of inclusion through the intimacy of the shared experience.
Talking Textiles is a get-together for anybody interested in textiles and curious to find out more about the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. A small selection of textiles from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection is available for viewing and discussion at the Constance Howard Gallery. For those keen to be involved further, there is the opportunity to research a chosen textile and to share findings or questions at the following session. Attendees are invited to continue discussion and share their own textile projects over tea and coffee after the session.
Constance Howard Gallery, Deptford Town Hall basement
Friday 29 September 2017, 1pm–3pm
Cross-Cultural Textiles: Indian Influences
This session on ‘Cross-Cultural Textiles: Indian influences’ will be led by Jasleen Kandhari, Lecturer, Indian Textiles & Dress at University of Oxford and PhD Scholarship Candidate on the Indian textiles trade to Kenya. Following the handling session in the Gallery, Jasleen Kandhari will deliver a talk on ‘The Kenyan Kanga Textile: Cross-Cultural Influences from India’ with examples of textiles from her own collection for viewing. The event will end with tea and coffee, during which participants are invited to continue discussion and share their own projects.