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12th International Lace Biennial - Contemporary Lace Art
Great Prize of Queen Fabiola

Textilmuseum St.Gallen

Vernissage 15 January
Wellcome: Hanspeter Schmid, direktor Textilmuseum
Introduction: Ursula Karbacher, curator Textilmuseum

from 15 January until 30 March 2008
Guided tours with Ursula Karbacher, curator:
Sunday February 17th, 11 am
Sunday March 16th, 11 am


  Press Release:
The objective of this International Biennial under the patronage of Queen Fabiola of Belgium is to display the character of lace in contemporary textile works of art. These works are not solely limited to conventional techniques, materials and aesthetic principles of design; rather, they speak a new language of movement, transparency, space and innovation without, however, neglecting the poetry that has always been part of lace. The essential idea is to explore new ways in which lace can be further developed and thus help it to be established as an art form. The exhibits on show do not represent traditional lace and will turn your personal ideas about lace upside down.
  From among 130 entries, an international jury selected 21 works of art from twelve nations: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Thailand, the UK and the USA. Works were also entered from Switzerland, but none of them was nominated. Five of the selected works of art were awarded a prize: the Grand prix Reine Fabiola, and the Golden, Silver, Bronze and Crystal Bobbin (besides pins and the lace pillow, bobbins are lacemakers' main tools).

The first prize was awarded to Red Cocktail by Erna van Sambeek from the Netherlands: at first sight, the cocktail dress made of pins just looks rather sexy; however, the artist is actually dealing with the tradition of femininity, particularly in Turkish culture.

The object that was awarded the second prize, The Frost by Finland's Raija Jokinen, is concerned with the interaction between body and soul.
Seeing Paper
, the work created by Nithikul Nimkulrat from Thailand, was awarded the third prize; the six dress figures in filigree paper work can be regarded as a metaphor for human beings. French artist Le´la Brett received the fourth prize; in her work, which required an enormous amount of diligence, she cut texts out of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. The jury awarded the fifth prize to the only male competitor Lusis Atis from Latvia. In his work Black Hole thousands of small holes in black felt look like stars and galaxies; a contrast is provided by a black hole, the only sizeable area that is not open-work.
Further exhibits evidence the very diversity of today's lace art: thus A Rose is a Rose, a largely pink, three-tiered, sinfully sweet wedding cake produced in the style of domestic crochet art – or Dominoes, transparently packaged textile fragments whose shadow is suggestive of a skyline.

Ursula Karbacher, Curator

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