The 32nd edition of Miniartextil, organized by the ARTE&ARTE Association, takes place from August 6 to September 3, 2023. The exhibition will take place in Como, at the former Church of San Pietro in Atrio.
The cue for the title of the Miniartexil 32 exhibition, Denudare feminas vestis (Denuding women by dressing them), comes from these words by Pliny the Elder extrapolated from his monumental work Naturalis Historia, indicated and elaborated upon by poet and writer Vincenzo Guarracino.
The 2023 edition of the only exhibition in the world that promotes research in contemporary fiber art (textile art) - scheduled in Como, Ex Chiesa di San Pietro in Atrio and other places, from Aug. 6 to Sept. 3 - will in fact be dedicated to and be part of the program of the Bimillenary Celebrations of the birth of Pliny, a Como pillar of classical culture.
As per tradition, alongside the mini-textiles (54 works) created by artists from all over the world, there will be several large-scale works created by both emerging and established international artists (Brankica Zilovic, Kato Kimiyasu, Medhat Shafik, Antonella De Nisco, Alessandro Lupi, Yari Miele, Donatella Simonetti, Anne von Freyburg).
The highlight of Miniartextil will be Zimbabwean artist Moffat Takadiwa, who, for the first time in Italy, will exhibit two works. His creations will later be at the 60th Venice Biennale, in the Zimbabwe Pavilion.
A member of Zimbabwe's post-independence generation of artists, Takadiwa has exhibited worldwide. His works are contemporary tapestries created from tiny pieces of plastic, mostly computer keys, found among the garbage in Harare, in one of the country's largest landfills. His works, which echo traditional patterns of Zimbabwean textiles, open a dialogue with themes such as cultural identity, independence, and environmental issues.
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.