From Knot to Pixel to Weft: Unraveling New Temporalities

Lecture performance | Hussein Shikha | 2023-10-21 | 16:00 - 17:00 | Ploegstraat 25 @ Kunsthal Extra City
From Knot to Pixel to Weft: Unraveling New Temporalities

Cover Image: Hussein Shikha, design process

Hussein Shikha has lately been working on his first carpet piece. This work is part of a broader exhibition 'Carpetland. Critical tapestries' which will open at October 27 at Kunsthal Extra City.

Tapestries have been one of the most prestigious art forms throughout centuries. After a first brief revival in the seventies, not accidentally during second-wave feminism, this labour intensive form of textile art is again at the forefront of contemporary artistic practices. The tongue in cheek titled exhibition Carpetland is putting a focus on a multitude of contemporary positions.

In his lecture performance Shikha will lay bare the design choices behind the carpet piece he will be showing in the context of this exhibition. Why are certain elements combined? What do the drawings refer to? Apart from the themes and techniques involved, he will give an insight into the conflicts and challenges he experiences in the making process.

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Hussein Shikha's practice betwixt design, art, and research engages with complex symbologies that reflect his heritage and family history he comes from generations of workers engaged in the traffic and logistics of carpet-making-through equally complex pixel drawing.

Hussein was born and raised in Iraq and moved to Antwerp in 2009 where he is currently based. He holds a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and an Advanced Master’s degree of Research in Art and Design from Sint Lucas Antwerpen. Hussein’s work was recently presented at BAK, Utrecht; Kiosk, Ghent; and Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp. He concluded residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum, Z33 and Morpho.

The exhibition@ Kunsthal Extra City

CARPETLAND. Critical tapestries

27.10.2023 – 03.03.2024

Curated by Joachim Naudts

Artists: Igshaan Adams, Saiqa Ejaz, Khalil Rabah, Golnesa Rezaneshad, Hussein Shikha, Noel W Anderson, Jennifer TEE

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