X INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART
“25 YEARS WTA”

People have been practicing the art of designing and creating textiles for thousands of years. First emerging from a necessity to fill basic needs, different cultures worldwide took it to another level by developing artistic, creative, and cloth methods that laid the basis for textile art. Textile-making tradition spans global cultures as one of the earliest human technologies in weaving, knitting, pressing, or knotting together individual pieces of natural or artificial fibers. Apart from providing shelter and warmth or holding goods, textiles also served decorative purposes and had an important place in the arts and crafts of various cultures around the world. Inspired by the ancient traditions with a contemporary style, in 1997, Colombian textile artist Pilar Tobón founded WTA – Women in Textile Art. It later transformed into World Textile Art to include male artists. This year 2022, WTA celebrates its 25th anniversary with the X International Biennial “25 YEARS WTA”, from October through December 2022. For the 10 th Biennial, more than ten countries will be interconnected to celebrate WTA history.

25 YEARS OF TEXTILE HISTORY

The first two WTA biennials, in 2000 and 2002, were held in Coral Gables-Florida after it took a nomadic character from the third Biennial in Venezuela. Henceforth, Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, and Madrid followed as venues. In 2021, Chile organized the first WTA virtual biennial (in the context of the global pandemic of COVID-19). The WTA biennials have had the participation of artists from more than 45 countries, with an average of 500 applications per biennial and in-person attendance of more than 1 million visitors.

World Textile Art encompasses textile artists of diverse nationalities and cultures, who affectionately call it the “textile family.” WTA’s nomadic international biennial is the only textile art biennial in the world, with the realization of nine biennials in eight countries. Each country that hosts a WTA Biennial follows the guidelines of the Organization and is chaired by a Local Management Group of leading textile artists, curators, academics, administrators, and cultural managers.

The “25 Years WTA” Silver Jubilee grand celebration in Miami will include exhibitions, lectures, and workshops for adults and kids, to be held in different locations such as the Miami International Fine Arts-MIFA in Doral, the LOWE Art Museum in Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Museum, the Consulate of Colombia also in Coral Gables, Paquita Parodi Fashion Museum in Wynwood, and Mood Designers Fabrics also in Wynwood, from November 3 to December 15.

For the X Biennial, as part of the WTA grand celebration exhibit, WTA has created a space for “25 ARTISTS” to be held in parallel in each of the countries that have hosted a WTA Biennial − having as its main headquarters the city of Miami-Florida under the direction of Luis Valenzuela, and as sub-seats: Buenos Aires-Argentina, Caracas-Venezuela, Madrid-Spain, San José-Costa Rica, Montevideo-Uruguay, Manizales-Colombia, Xalapa-Mexico, and Santiago-Chile as this biennial’s Guest Country. Although Brazil, India, Italy, Korea, and Turkey, have not previously hosted a WTA biennial, they will join the grand celebration, holding their national “25 ARTISTS” Salon in their home countries.

Each participating country’s “25 ARTISTS” Salon will open in situ during October and November and will be transmitted via streaming throughout different digital platforms.

USA – MIAMI

Venues

Miami International Fine Art-MIFA

From November 3rd to December 15th, 2022

Miami International Fine Arts-MIFA Opening night: November 3

Colombia Consulate

From November 4 to December 15, 2022

Colombia Consulate Opening night: November 4

The X Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art celebrates the 25 years of WTA in Miami, gathering the creations of more than 100 invited local and international artists.

MIFA SPACE

Colombia Consulate Miami

COLLATERAL ACTIVITIES

Within the framework of the celebration of the X Biennial, workshops, conferences, and special gatherings for participating artists will be held.

INVITED ARTISTS

INVITED ARTISTS ARTISTS X BIENNIAL CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART - 25 years- WTA: USA, CANADA, AND LATIN AMERICA SPACE

  • Aurora Molina (USA)
  • Carol Eckert (USA)
  • Carolyn Halliday (USA)
  • Carolyn Kallenborn (USA)
  • Cathy Gatley (USA)
  • Christine Mockett (Canada)
  • Connie Strayer (USA)
  • Cyndy Barbone (USA)
  • Dana Dal Bo (Canada)
  • Deborah Kruger (USA)
  • Evelyn Politzer (USA)
  • Ixchel Suarez (Canada)
  • Jairo Rueda (Colombia)
  • June J. Jacobs (Canada
  • Kristen Cain (USA)
  • Lanny Bergner (USA)
  • Laura Tabakman (USA)
  • Line Dufour (Canada)
  • Ixhel Suarez (Canada)
  • Marco Caridad (USA)
  • Marie Bergstedt (USA)
  • Mary Ruth Smith (USA)
  • Natalie Zlamalova (USA)
  • Laz Ojalde (USA)
  • Saaraliisa Ylitalo (USA)
  • Saberah Malik (USA)
  • Sang-Wook Lee (USA)
  • Stella Gaia Vendermey (USA)

ARTIST’S WTA SPACE

  • Beatriz Oggero (Bolivia)
  • Biret Tavman (Turkey)
  • Carmenza Kafarela (Colombia)
  • Ceci Arango (Colombia)
  • Denis Blanchard (Chile)
  • Erika Ewel  (Bolivia)
  • Georgina Toussaint (Mexico)
  • Laura Ferrando (Argentina)
  • Maria Ortega (Spain)
  • Martha Alvarez (Colombia)
  • Monica Urquijo (Colombia)
  • Moonhe Baik (Korea)
  • Myriam Jawerbaum (Argentina)
  • Paulina Ortiz (Costa Rica)
  • Susana Molina Borquez (Chile)
  • Vashali Oak (India)
  • Yosi Anaya (Mexico)

ARTIST’S VIDEOS SPACE

  • Silke (Argentina)
  • La Rueca (Argentina)

ARTISTS ART-TO-WEAR SPACE

  • Anastasiia Podervianska (Ukraine)
  • Atsuko Sasaki (Japan)
  • Baiba Osite (Latvia)
  • Brigitte Amarger (France)
  • Chorążyczewska Sławomira (Polonia)
  • Chunghie Lee (Korea)
  • Cristina Gamez (Spain)
  • Elena Martinez Bolio (Mexico)
  • Eszter Bornemiza (Rumania)
  • Evelyn Bendjeskov (Argentina- Croatia)
  • Ieva Prane (Latvia)
  • Karelle Levy (USA)
  • Luis Valenzuela (USA-Venezuela)
  • Malou Zryd (Swiss)
  • Mizue Hashimoto (Brazil)
  • Monique Lehman (Poland-USA)
  • Paquita Parodi (Spain-USA)
  • Slawomira
  • Chorazyczewska (Poland)
  • Susan T. Avila (USA)
  • Yoshiko Sashida (Japan)
  • Zoe Goldemberg (USA)

ARTIST’S INTERTWINING CONTINENTES SPACE

  • Fiona Kirkwood (Sur África)
  • Tina Struthers (Canada)
  • Joanne Circle (Canada)
  • Mi-Kyoung Lee (Korea/Usa)
  • Katherine Pannepacker (Usa)
  • Alessandra Sequeira (Costa Rica)
  • Irene Carlos (Guatemala)
  • Constantino Laura (Peru)
  • Roxana Rios (Venezuela)
  • Pamela Suasti (Ecuador),
  • Álvaro Campuzano (Colombia)
  • Ewa Latowska-Zychsa (Poland)
  • Laima Osite (Lituania)
  • Christina Frey (Germany)
  • Anneke Klein (Netherlands)
  • Maite Tanguy (France)
  • Pamela Hardstey (Usa/Ireland)
  • Wanda Cazaril (Italy)
  • Lin Lecheng, Xia Gao (China)
  • Kinor Jiang (China)
  • Hiroko Watanabe (Japan)
  • Sumiko Tasaka (Japan)
  • Yen-Yu Tseng (Taiwan)
  • Anita Larkin (Australia)

ARTISTS’ OUTDOOR SPACES

  • Carmen Imbach (Argentina)
  • Eva Soban (Brazil)
  • Isabel Dittone (Argentina)
  • Flora Sutton (Argentina)
  • Lisu Vega (USA)
  • Marco Caridad (USA)
  • Mirta Zak (Argentina)
  • Natalie Zlamalova (USA)
  • Laz Ojalde (USA)

Direction and Curators

  • Pilar Tobon, (WTA President)
  • Luis Valenzuela (X Biennial Director, Curator)
  • Yosi Anaya (Curator)
  • Maria Ortega (Curator)