We are very busy here at Iniva at the moment installing our next exhibition Social Fabric which opens on 19 January. In this exhibition textiles are used to explore colonial history, international trade, labour and militant politics. The show concentrates in particular on the relationship between Britain and India.
Social Fabric cross references different accounts of textile history, focusing on works by two contemporary artists Sudhir Patwardhan and Alice Creischer, presented alongside extensive range of recent and historical archival material including paintings, Indian Chintz fabrics, original journals from Marx, films, photographs, newspaper articles, recordings of mill workers’ testimonies and work by other artists as well.
There’s a lot of material in the exhibition, meaning there is a huge amount to install. We’ve even commissioned artist Celine Condorelli to design a curtain and two support structures, a table and wall unit, to display all the archival materials.