Rewind-Play-Forward: Costa Rica's magical memory

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GalerĂ­a Nacional, Costa Rica August 4th trough August 30th , 2011



Costa Rica’s magical memory


8th Kaunas Biennial 2011, M.Zilinskas Art Gallery of the National Museum M.K. Ciurlionis, Lithuania. September 22nd through December 4th, 2011


The groundwork for the group of textile creators in this exhibit began around 2006 with the 4th International Biennial of Textile Art and Design organized in Costa Rica by the Organization of Women in Textile Art, the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center and the Spanish Cultural Center in Costa Rica. In organizing the event, the Costa Rican team realized how critical it was for Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese textile artists to join forces to promote their culture and development, recovering their values, making connections, sharing experiences, systematizing information and making their productions visible to their agents and, indirectly, society, by participating in cultural heritage, educational and textile creation circles. In 2006, then, with the guidance of the European Textile Network and taking advantage of the visit of Ibero-American textile artists and curators to Costa Rica, they formed the Ibero-American Textile Network. The first encounter of the Ibero-American Textile Network was held in Costa Rica in 2010. In an effort to impact Costa Rican cultural circles, a series of lectures and eight exhibits in Limon and Cartago as well as San JosÊ were held, attracting 23,824 visitors. One of the international visitors was Beatrijs Sterk, General Secretary of the European Textile Netork. Impressed by the quality and diversity of Costa Rican textiles and aware of the need to support this effort,she, in conjunction with Virginija Vitkiene, organizer of the Kaunas Biennial 2011, have made Costa Rica one of the guests of honor at the 20th anniversary celebration of the European Textile Network to be held in Kaunas, Lithuania, during the last quarter of 2011. And today, we have the results‌ Paulina Ortiz Project Director

For the 8th KAUNAS BIENNIAL TEXTILE 11 and the 16th European Textile Network Conference to be held in September 2011 in Lithuania, 17 Costa Rican textile artists have been invited to participate in one of the main exhibit rooms of the M.K. Ciurlionis National Art Museum. Thus, Costa Rica returns to the international scene of aesthetic textile practices with an artistic production brimming with creative, almost magical, solutions, generating ideas and interests in an effort to achieve a visual oneness utilizing fibers and their potential uses to promote dialogue on the textiles themselves and their potential for best reflecting the artist’s intention. Rewind-Play-Forward, the central theme of this grand exhibit, is a practice derived from magnetic tape recordings, which have been replaced by modern audio technologies. For the Costa Rican participants, chosen from other Costa Rican and international textile events, the steps of Rewind-Play-Forward make up the creative process triggering the magical emergence of textile objects that act as a remembrance of local and personal creative impressions and feelings. This is a sample of the vision of a group of textile artists serving as ambassadors for Costa Rica, seeking a universal voice through their personal textile processes. Juan Diego Roldån Castillo Curator

Dinorah Carballo, Gloriana Sánchez, Li Briceño, Patricia Rucavado, Paulina Ortiz, Ma. Teresa Arteaga, Iris Terán, Leidalia Flaqué, Carolina Parra, Emilia Gonzalez and Celita Ulate. Below: Marianela Salgado, Karen Clachar, Carolina Matamoros, Rocío Flaqué. Absent artists: Loida Pretiz and Ileana Moya

Carolina Matamoros “Transitions� Copper wire woven in a loom with fused glass and pine needles interventions. 2011 100 cms high x 50 cms wide x 10 cms deep

Carolina Parra “Findings” Soft sculptures, rust tie dye, wire, blanket and random found objects. Hand made. 2010 15 cms high x 85,5 cms wide x57,5 cms deep

Celita Ulate “White Notebook” Fabrics, lace, ribbons, buttons, threads, nylon mesh, ceramic fiber, acetate, fused glass. Hand and machine sewn, embroidered, thread and nylon frivolité, fused glass works. 2011 205 cms high x 50 cms wide x 0,5 cms deep

Dinorah Carballo “A - Siento� Cotton fabric, plastic strings and 100% cotton. Printed applications, woven, threads, plastic. 2011 183 cms high x 116 cms wide

Emilia González “Dancing with nature” 100% Cotton fabrics, metalic threads and beads, creative quilting. 2011 115 cms high x 67 cms wide

Gloriana Sánchez “Whispering with Esperanza” Synthetic and cotton fibers, direct dyes. Plaiting, batik, resist dyeing techniques. 2011 70 cms high x 100 cms wide

Ileana Moya “Inside – Out” Overlapping gauze, embroidery, woven fabrics, sewn over Jute and gauze, 100 year old embroidered cord, chips, phone wire, acrylic sealed seeds, woods, fossil stones, indigenous art copies from clay and glass, dried and sealed flowers over watercolor paintings. 2011 77 cms high x 50 cms wide

Iris Terán “Footprints” Fused recycled bottles with (cord or string) 2011 30 cms high x 25 cms wide x 5 cms deep

“Footprints 2” Fused glass and leather. 2011 25 cms high x 25 cms wide x 4 cms deep

“Footprints 3” Fused glass. 2011 28 cms high x 25 cms wide x 5 cms deep

Karen Clachar

“Small wooden horses� Installation. 10 small wooden horse heads, threads, leather and recycled material. 2011 35 cms high x 100 cms wide x 5 cms deep

María Teresa Arteaga “Heritage” Photo Collage Quilt Photo printed 100% cotton fabrics Personal quilt technique machine quilted with cotton poliester batting 2011 92 cms high x 65 cms wide

Marianela Salgado “Sounding threads� Hand constructed textile with CD and acetate disc, polycarbonate disc and a transparent polycarbonate ring. 2011 175 cms high x 150 cms diameter

Leidalia Flaqué “Looking Around” Fabrics, threads, polyester padding. Free quilting techniques. 2011 68 cms high x 91 cms wide

Li Briceño “Cascade” Vertical loom, macramé Two wooden frames, natural cotton threads, plastic ties and found plastic bags. 2011 250 cm high x 60 cm wide x 6 cm deep

Loida Pretiz “Border” Cloth, photograph printed on polyethylene, woven “pita”, threads. 2011 224 cms high x 82 cms wide

Patricia Rucavado “Transparent Secrets� Woven plastic purse. Transparent plastic hoses and tubes, satin color ribbons. 2011 38 cms high x 39 cms wide x 9 cms deep

Paulina Ortiz “Contempora” Hand-made abaca paper. 2011 150 cms high x 100 cms wide x 9 cms deep

Rocío Flaqué “My Temporary Triad” 100 % Cotton fabrics and threads. Patchwork using traditional techniques, personally adapted and renewed by the artist. 2011 118 cms high x 86 cms wide

Press release

La RepĂşblica

Carolina Barrantes August 4th, 2011

La Prensa Libre

Efr茅n L贸pez Magrigal

La Naci贸n

Aldea Global Marcela Cantero August 11th, 2011

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Further information ... Galería Nacional Museitos August 11th, 2011

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Buen Día,Teletica Luis Fernando Valerín August 18th, 201

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The exhibition in Costa Rica

The opening

The exhibition

The “Rewind – Play – Forward : Costa Rica’s Magical Memory” artists would like to thank Sebastian Mello, Director of the National Gallery, for his support and his confidence in the project, as well as for his dedication and care of all the details involved in the exhibition’s installation process. The group would also like to express its gratitude to Ronny Jiménez and his team at the Communication Office of the Centro Nacional para el Desarrollo de la Ciencia y la Cultura for their efforts in spreading the news about the event. Finally, thanks to Rodrigo Montero for his collaboration during the installation of the exhibition and to Maribel Rodriguez for her help at the administration office.

Costa Rica in the Kaunas Biennial 2011

The installation

The exhibition

The opening

The Costa Rican Textile Collection Artists would like to express their gratefulness to Beatrijs Sterk, General Secretary of the European Textile Network, and Virginija Vitkiene, organizer of the Kaunas Biennial 2011, for their invitation to this event. The group would also like to thank Jimena Villaseca, Blue Way, his wife Beili Liu and Kristupas Vitkus, for their unconditional support with the installation of the exhibition at the M. Zilinskas Art Gallery.

Credits and Contacts: Paulina Ortiz, Project Director

Juan Diego Curator


juandiego.roldan@gmail. com

The artists: Carolina Matamoros, Carolina Parra, Celita Ulate, Dinorah Carballo, Emilia González, Gloriana Sánchez, Ilena Moya, Iris Terán, Karen Clachar, Leidalia Flaqué, Li Briceño, Loida Pretiz, Ma. Teresa Arteaga, Marianela Salgado, Paulina Ortiz, Patricia Rucavado, Rocío Flaqué,

Design and Diagramation Fabio Castro

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