How do textiles affect the way we think about art, society and politics? The Social Fabric symposium invites contemporary artists, art historians, curators and cultural theorists to explore this question in a day of presentations and debate.
Taking Iniva’s Social Fabric exhibition as its starting point, it aims to explore textile production and consumption in relation to global trade, labour and radical politics.
In partnership with the Royal College and in cooperation with the Allianz Cultural Foundation.
- Professor Sarat Maharaj
- Professors Janis Jefferies (Goldsmiths, Univeristy of London)
- Professor John Hutnyk (Goldmsiths, Univeristy of London)
- Carol Tulloch (TrAIN Senior Research Fellow)
- Kit Hammonds (Curating contemporary art lecturer, RCA),
- Sudhir Patwardhan (Social Fabric exhibiting artist)
- Alice Creischer (Social Fabric exhibiting artist)
- Slavs and Tatars (art collective)
- Grant Watson Iniva’s Senior Curator and Research Associate
This symposium addresses two basic themes relating to textiles as medium, commodity and ubiquitous presence in everyday life.
Departing from the exhibition Social Fabric at Rivington Place, speakers will draw out the connection between textiles and social processes – the link with patterns of globalised trade, contact between cultures, and textile production as a site of organised labour.
The second strand of the symposium looks at the way artists, art historians and curators have chosen textiles as an area of research, drawn by its relationship to the topics outlined above – demonstrating their reasons for making textile materials and references central to their artworks and exhibition projects.
The Social Fabric symposium highlights how this subject touches on a wide range of different aspects of culture and society, something reflected in the line-up for the day. Speakers with backgrounds in textiles, art, cultural studies and politics, will have a rare opportunity to converse and provide audiences a unique opportunity to join this discussion.
The Tab Centre
2 Austin Street
NB. For a concessionary rate (students, over 60s, unemployed) please enter the promotional code iniva_concession. For group bookings of more than 4 people please contact Rivington Place reception.
Download symposium programme