2014 – FROM LAUSANNE TO BEIJING, NANTONG
China's 8th Int'l Fiber Art Biennale 2014
From Lausanne to Beijing was again held in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China from September 30 – October 30.2014
Begun in 2000, China’s Fiber Art Biennale is now 14 years old. It has become one of the largest textile art events in the world. It was hosted by Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University, culture bureau of Tongxiang and Fiber Art Institute of China National Academy of Painting.
186 works were selected for the exhibition from an entry pool of 655 works by 220 artists from 41 countries. 363 of those works were by Chinese makers; 292 came from other countries. Though originally an invitational, it is now a juried show. 12 jurors were led by“General Curator” artist Deng Lin, from China National Academy of Painting. 5 Chinese plus 6 international jurors.
An 8th International Fiber Art Symposium preceded the exhibition opening on September 28-29, in the resort of Wuzhen in Tongxiang City, Zhejiang Province. It included presentations, papers and group discussions over the course of 3 days on the theme of “Inclusiveness and Integration.”
Beside the official events, it was possible to visit several local textile manufacturing shops. Chinese hospitality was great! It included the possibility for idea exchange between Chinese and visiting artists – often with the help of English-speaking student-interpreters.
Surface Design Association Photo Essay: China's 8th International Fiber Art Biennale by Ursula Gerber Senger