WORLDWIDE EVENT

The 2011 Biennial was able to gather artists from over 30 nationalities, into a multi-city event that took place in Mexico City, Oaxaca and Xalapa.

VI INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART WTA-AIR During fifteen days in May 2011, the inaugural events of the VI International Biennial off Contemporary Textile Art WTA-AIr took place in three cities of Mexico. The Organizing Committee of the VI WTA Biennial in Mexico proposed a relevant them as the base for the textile participations – the Air of our planet: through art, project an ecological concern and critique on the current problematic of this vital element, in all is ramifications and evocations, linking the textiles arts to real life issues that concern us all. Air a primordial element and almost intangible, that enters into our lungs, reaching every organ of our bodies, part of every organism, and of each cell. It envelops and nourishes our planet – its seas and lands, mountains and abysses, rocks, vegetation and every living being. Thus the VI WTA Biennial launched six distinct international calls to the six textile art salons designed specifically for this occasion in Mexico, each salon with a specific format and concept. Also as part of its axis, two exhibitions of Invited Artists, plus the exhibit of the Artist of Honor. were presented. The program was enriched by ten parallel shows in Xalapa, eleven in Mexico City and three in Oaxaca. Special workshops, talks and presentations were given in Mexico City and Oaxaca. In Xalapa, the International Conference Considerations between textiles and Society –a recapitulation took place through the Universidad Veracruzana. In total, 320 works were exhibited in the Salons of the VI Biennial: 60 in Salon for Large Format Textile Art, 80 in Salon for Small Format Textile Art, 40 in Salon for the Textile Art Object, 50 in Salon for Recyclability in Textile Art, 12 in Salon for Time-Based Textile Art, ad 72 group Nets in Salon for Collaborative Textile Art. The makers of these Biennial works come from 52 different nationalities. Five of the Salons had their proper International Juries, while the Salon for Collaborative Textiles-Nets was open to all groups without any barriers regarding social, economic, age or gender conditions. The Olga de Amaral Prize, founded in the 2006, was awarded to Androna Linartas for her distinguished trajectory in the field of textiles. And as something very special, the Xalapa Seat - Universidad Veracruzana granted the Sheila Hicks Award for Pioneering Work in Textiles to the House Ix’Putalama World of Cotton of Takilhsukut, located in the heart of the Totonacapan Region in the State of Veracruz, for their unique deed in having reconstructed their people’s cosmology through the cotton fiber. Textiles, something that is known since we come into the world, posses the power to bind every human being. Textiles have the power to convoke and reunite. They have the power to represent the image of a culture, construct bridges and represent society, while extending that bond. Below is the list of all the different Museums and Cultural Centers Involved in the V Biennial:

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 Iberoamericana

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Centro Cultural Isidro Fabela / Museo Casa del Risco

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