FiBRA - Colombia 2018 ARTIST PUBLICATION
In tandem with the exhibition opening, FiBRA launches its premier publication
created in response to the journey taken by 8 international artists in early 2018.
An artistically opening, ecologically engaging and anthropologically captivating
publication that takes the reader on a path to delving deeper into the social histories
of textiles in Colombia. With an introduction by George Brae, a short story by
Gabriella Sonabend and a sociological reading by Juliana Steiner, immersed with
interviews and statements by the artists including Maise Cousins, Laurence Owen
and Charlotte Colbert; FiBRA fuses journalistic photography, unique artistic
illustrations, and personal discussions that comment on this cultural exchange.
A central aspect of our project was the collaboration with two indigenous
communities based in Colombia, The Kogi and Wayuu communities, for whom the
preservation of ancient skills in the working of fibres have been passed from
generation to generation. Most of Colombia’s rural communities consider natural
fibres to be the core, indispensable element of their social structure. These objects
are carriers of the communities’ myths and beliefs. The very structure and process of
textiles have an intrinsic relationship to cultural customs and the social fabric of
these communities. By looking into these traditions, we can shed light on many
contemporary issues, including gender politics, the ecological changes of humankind
and how globalisation in the coming decades will affect these practises.
During a transitional time in global issues, this publication sees Colombian history
and the future of Indigenous Cultures examined both personally and theoretically, in
the face of upcoming development and the threat of freedom of movement.
Each publication contains 4 postcards with images by FiBRA Residency participating
An Artist Publication by FiBRA PLATFORM ©
Director and Editor: Mia Pfeifer
Art Direction, Design and Publication Coordinator: Bea Bonafini
Associate Editor: Emily Bryson
Edition of 50
Made in Italy by NAVA Press - 2018