The Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery are pleased to present an exhibition by the winner of the Christine Risley Award 2019, Farrah Riley Gray.
30 September – 4 November 2019, Mon-Fri 11am-5pm
Opening Reception Friday 27 September 5-8pm
Late opening: Friday 25 October, 6-9pm
Weekend opening: Saturday 26 October, 11am-7pm.
Riley Gray's practice deals with misogynoir with a current focus on hair within black cultures. She is also interested in the rituals behind textiles and weaving, examining the way in which materials can convey relationships between culture, race and gendered product making, as well as their potential to hold diasporic stories absent from other historical or archival sources.
The exhibition, 'Knotted', features her degree show work, which the judging panel praised for its combination of aesthetics and politics in a carefully considered and expertly executed combination of textile and sound work. ‘I Exist as Cocoa Butter and Mangos’ consists of a blanket constructed from hand woven squares of black hair made by the artist on a small portable loom. In the words of guest judge Dr. Christine Checinska (Artist, writer, Designer):
‘The textures, the techniques in crafting black hair, the subtle differences in colour from jet black to mahogany brown was a quiet statement in the ‘good hair/bad hair’ conundrum rooted in enslavement that black women are forced to navigate at an inner level before finding themselves’.
The intimacy of the blanket is paralleled in the accompanying sound work ’I Dream in Shea Butter and Blue Magic’. Spoken word quietly emanates from speakers placed either side of a bench from which to view the textile. Drawing on Farrah’s own daily experiences, the words document the experiences of many black women.
The Christine Risley Award is a cash prize awarded by the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery to a graduating Goldsmiths student for outstanding work relating to textiles, in memory of Christine Risley.
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