con textile 2018
The 4th edition of the Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art _Contextile 2018 will be held from September 1st to October 20th, 2018 in Guimarães, Portugal. The exhibitions will inhabit cultural and artistic spaces of public and/or private domain, with the support and partnership of the Municipality of Guimarães, and others.
The growing interest of the national and international artistic community has responded in a committed way to our mission of placing textile in the context of contemporary art. We also want to celebrate the historical textile culture of the region of Guimarães and its inhabitants.
Upon reflection of the last years’ editions of Contextile, its impact on the textile art world and the territory it occupies, we are excited to introduce the concept (In)Organic to the 2018 edition. Through this concept we propose a common path artists may choose to take.
(In)Organic – The organic is understood as something that is alive, deeply-rooted and layered. It is pure, essential and innate, yet at the same time part of the nature of something or someone.
The root of organic is organ. This can be related to intervention as process – intertwining and unlacing – the organ is as fundamental to the body as community is a fundamental element that sustains a territory. While organic refers to living systems, inorganic relates to non-living matter. This paradoxical game between “being” and “not being” leads to the decomposition of the words. We encourage you to think and explore (In)organic as a concept; as a way of understanding processes, the being of things and transformation of being.