From October 16, 2022 to January 8, 2023, the 31st edition of Miniartextil, organized by the Arte&Arte Association, will take place. The exhibition will take place in Como, at the magnificent location of Villa Olmo.
A total of 234 mini-textile projects arrived from all over the world, from which the jury of Miniartextil chose the 54 works that will be part of the 31st edition to be held in Como from October 16, 2022 to January 8, 2023.
The jury composed of Mimmo Totaro, Paolo Bolpagni and Sergio Gaddi chose the works that best interpreted the Rosa Alchemico theme, the title of the 2022 edition.
Starting with this edition, the prize for the best work-this year awarded to Danielle Pèan Le Roux for Black rose with gold pearl, pictured above-is named in memory of Nazzarena Bortolaso to whom a special tribute will be dedicated during Miniartextil 2022. Special mention to Vanessa Lobosco for her work De Flore Aureo.
The choice of the title Rosa Alchemico (Alchemical Rose) stems from the desire to give life to new forms of positivity and energy: the color pink peacefully conveys an idea of freedom, which, combined with the concept of alchemy, appears to be the perfect combination to release new ideas.
Hosted in the spaces of the 18th-century Villa Olmo, the exhibition features international names exhibiting here for the first time: from Marinella Senatore, an artist active in Italy and abroad, fresh from the opening of her solo exhibition in London whose opening was accompanied by a grand performance, Afterglow and whose practice is characterized by a strong collective participation, to Jacopo Benassi, artist, photographer, musician, by the omniscient production of art, already present with his works at the Tate in London, the Palais De Tokyo in Paris, the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the Pecci Center in Prato and collaborator of directors such as Paolo Sorrentino, Daniele Ciprì, Asia Argento, Maurizio Maggiani who will completely revisit the Teatrino della Villa.
And again Igshaan Adams - a South African artist currently exhibiting in Il Latte dei Sogni, the international exhibition curated by Cecilia Alemani of the Venice Biennale - who, combining weaving, installation, sculpture and performance together, emphasizes the social, spiritual and political aspects of textiles; Emma Talbot, a British artist also present in Laguna, makes paintings on silk that bring together simplified figurative forms, mythological motifs, figures from tarot cards, and calligraphic texts expressing aspects of the artist's personal life; director and painter was Angela Ricci Lucchi, who will be present in Como with a unique piece on loan from Galleria Massimo Minini: a box set containing 66 responses from well-known people such as Emilio Isgrò, Cesare Zavattini, and Claudio Parmiggiani along with unknown signatures, to the question: What is the rose to you?
This edition will see the long-awaited return of the MINIARTE educational section, with appointments dedicated to children and families and a project for schools that will see the direct involvement of a city Comprehensive Institute in the creation of a large collective work. Alongside these activities will be meetings with artists and in-depth discussions dedicated to the themes addressed by the artists in the exhibition.
Miniartextil is an annual review of contemporary art, showcasing the best international artistic production in the field of Textile Art or Fiber Art, that sector of contemporary art that takes up ancient textile notions while revolutionizing, however, their patterns and materials.
Born in Como in 1991 Miniartextil over the years has been able to grow beyond national borders and become a protagonist in several Italian and foreign cities.
For more than ten years the exhibition has also been hosted in France in Montrouge-Paris, Venice, and is expanding its horizons to Spain, Germany and the United States.