6th WTA INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART BIENNIAL: "AIR"
Inaugural festivities took place at various times during 15 days in May, 2011 in three cities. Coordinators for this Biennial, proposed a theme which is relevant as sustenance for all participating textile endeavors: The AIR of our planet, projecting through art an ecological and critical conscience about the current problems of this vital element in all ramifications and evocations, thus linking textile art to real-life matters attaining to all of us. Air—a primordial and almost intangible element entering every organ of body; every cell…envolving and nourishing.
That is how the 6th Biennial launched calls for six textile art salons, each with a specific format and concept. It also held two Invited Artists expositions, and one exhibition by the Honored Artist. The program was enhanced by 10 side exhibits in Xalapa, 11 in Mexico City, and three in Oaxaca. There were also workshops in Mexico City and Oaxaca, in addition to conferences and special presentations.
Xalapa held the International Congress, "Considerations On Textiles and Society: A Recapitulation." A total of 320 works were shown at the 6th Biennial: 60 at Large Format Salon, 80 at Small Format Salon, 40 at Textile Art Object Salon, 50 at Textile Recycling Salon, 12 at Temporary Textile Art Salon, and 72 at Redes Networking Salon, with creators repressenting 65 countries.
Networking Salon, with creators repressenting 65 countries. Five of the salons had their own international jury. "Redes" (Networks Collaborative Salon) was also open to any group, without social barriers, age, or conditions.
The Olga de Amaral Award—established in 2006—was given to Ms. Androna Linartas for her distinguished trajectory in the textile field. And as something very special at the Xalapa Site, Veracruzana University issued the "Sheila Hicks Award for Pioneering Textile Work" to Casa Ix’Putalama Mundo del Algodón de Takilhsukut, located at the heart of Totonacapam in the State of Veracruz, for its incredible feat of reconstructing the Cosmology of its people through cotton culture and use.
The 6th Biennial published three printed catalogues—one per Site. Textiles, being something we know since birth, have the power to entwine all human beings. Textiles have the power to call and reunite. They have the power to represent the image of a culture, building bridges with society, reflecting a multiphase link between live beings and air. Same as the Feathered Serpent that lives in historic airs of Meso America, the 6th Biennial presented a winding path through many venues in the three states of Mexico. The following are some of the museums and cultural centers that participated simultaneously
Museo Diego Rivera- Anahuacalli
Museo de Artes y Ciencias- UNAM
Museo de Arte Popular (MAP)
Museo Franz Mayer Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares
Museo Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo
Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa
Museo CASA de Oaxaca
Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli -Galería La Fuente
Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli - Galería Tonalli
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
Centro Cultural Isidro Fabela / Museo Casa del Risco