Currently on view at von Bartha, Basel: FELIPE MUJICA, All Tomorrow’s Parties

Appropriating its title from a 1967 Velvet Underground song, the exhibition presents three projects which intertwine and complement each other, conceptually, spatially and historically: a selection of recently commissioned curtain-works, a collection of studies made by the artist since 1995, and an artist-book in the form of homage to the Argentinean concrete artist Claudio Girola. The show marks the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery.

There Are No More Exotic Countries in Latin America (2018), unites a series of 20 curtains made collectively by a group of volunteers for the exhibition Shout Fire!, curated by Mariangela Mendez-Prenke at Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg, Sweden last Summer. Created as part of an open workshop where individuals of different ages and levels of embroidery expertise (mostly women) worked side by side with the artist, the proccess became a horizontal and collective learning experience. Over the course of two weeks, textile knowledge and personal histories were exchanged between Mujica and the embroderes, at moments interrupted by Fika – the traditional Swedish coffee break – whereby the artist witnessed the curtains gently adapt to the context of their production.

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