Whether right on our bodies, in our private spaces, or in public contexts, we surround ourselves with textiles every day. Equally diverse, if less present, they find use in art. In previously unused shop windows, glazed empty spaces as it were, in the east of Leipzig, we show current artistic strategies in dealing with textiles.
At various locations, socially relevant themes and questions concerning ecology, gender attributions, living spaces, viewing regimes and materiality are brought into view; textile positions are dedicated to aspects ranging from product- and fashion design to stage design. Regardless of our attitude towards consumption, window shopping, similar to strolling, leads us past aesthetic charms with tranquility and pleasure, through the streets of our own or a foreign city. This idea shapes the exhibition presentation - without the barriers of museum spaces, without time-limited opening hours or entrance fees, the works are available to all passers-by at any time.
Zoe Schoofs (*1993) studied Art History (MA) and Ethnology (BA) at the LMU in Munich (2012-2019), with stays in Kenya, Senegal, Chile and Bolivia. As a student, she was a research assistant in the DFG project Fashion and Styles in African Cities and worked on the exhibition project Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow - Design Histories between Africa and Europe. Later she worked for Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum in Munich (art education and provenance research). In 2022 she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Asian Art & Ethnological Museum in Berlin. In the same year the working paper Germany's history of returning human remains and objects from colonial contexts: an overview of successful cases and unsettled claims since 1970, which she wrote for the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste, was published. Currently, she is studying law in Halle (Saale).
Susanna Baumgartner (*1988) studied Art History and Empirical Cultural Studies in Tübingen, Naples and Munich (MA) after training as a tailor. As a curatorial assistant, she worked as a freelancer at the Kunsthalle Vogelmann in Heilbronn, in the Graphic Collection of the Art History Institute of the University of Tübingen, at the Ludwig Maximilian University and the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. Among other things, she was a curatorial assistant for the exhibition Photobook Africa. Tracing Stories and Imagery. Until April 2022, she was part of the curatorial team at Galerie Stihl Waiblingen. She is active in the Textile Culture Net and writes as a freelance author for the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon as well as for artists*. Since April 2022, she has also been part of the curatorial team at the Kunsthalle Mannheim.
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