The starting point for the exhibition is the materiality in textiles and woven fabrics. On the one hand, it is about the presence of the materials, which are defined by drapery, structures and how light is reflected. On the other hand, the exhibition also includes works dealing with the production and processing (weaving, knitting, sewing etc.) of textiles characteristically already manufactured or industrially produced.
In his video “Maille Atlantique”, Hervé Beurel documents the process of mechanical production at a knitting factory in Brittany. For the most part the camera remains focused on the gradually unwinding reels of yarn. The film’s rhythm is determined by the sound and rhythm of the machines.
Gyan Panchal works predominantly with industrially manufactured standard materials, which he then manually processes, as for instance a fabric braided out of polyethylene bands (FEPRC). In comparison, traditional fishing nets have been, through dying with artificial colours, isolated from their functional context. Panchal attempts to handle the unshaped material by stretching it to its limits.
In her floor piece “Untitled, 2006”, Kitty Kraus has a deconstructive approach. A suit with its seams removed has been reduced to two basic geometrical forms so that only the material delivers a reference to the original form. “Untitled, 2007” however, a photograph of a white flag in the wind appears to dematerialize.
The photograms by Pierre Savatier follow a completely different photographic strategy. Fabric cuttings with different patterns and structures have been exposed with varying intensities and arrangements to photo-sensitive paper such that the photographic image takes on a nearly ultra-real quality.