Banka Slovenije's exhibition room Mala galerija
About the exhibition Urban Weaving
The Urban Weaving installation is driven by feelings born in the city, but taken up by our students and tailored to the architecture of the gallery space. Fabrics at various stages occupy the heart of the gallery. The soft array feels like it is floating above the ground. It appears gradually, sometimes showing us the flow of warp alone, which here and there is thickened and interwoven with weft into a connected surface that ripples across the space. With a growing sense of and desire for freer, more daring, and more expansive artistic expression of their concepts, they first practised in the virtual occupation of the Little Gallery space. Their intuitive weavings, which were driven by keen exploration of the meaning and communicativeness of spatial textiles, slowly entangled and spread across the ground and into the corners, reached for the ceiling, embraced the light shafts and gently fell towards the floor, to the earth. Woven organisms were born in the form of sly trees, whose soft whiteness and transparent forms have subtly taken possession of the gallery space, inviting the observer into what seems to be a forest.
The Urban Weaving project has thus created a gallery microflora, which in its free but controlled organic propagation represents an allegory at multiple levels. At the first level we can interpret it as an allegory for the city, the urban jungle, which is ever torn between efficient organisation on one side, and life on the other, whose creativity sketches out its own principles. At the second level lies deliberation of the essence of creativity as the interplay of sources, fragments and citations: the intertextuality that combines diverse inputs irrespective of the existing hierarchy. The collective work of the Urban Weaving exhibition is more than anything else a reminder in these times that public space is something we create and endow with meaning ourselves, and needs to be relentlessly defended again and again from authoritarian attempts to take possession of it.