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Fabric: Touch & Identity - Digital Exhibition from Compton Verney

Fabric: Touch & Identity

Due to the coronavirus lockdown the above exhibition that opened in April at Compton Verney had to be portponed. In the meantime Compton Verney has prepared a digital exhiition for all to enjoy! 

Curated with Professor Lesley Millar (University for the Creative Arts) and Professor Alice Kettle (Manchester Metropolitan University) this exhibition is developed from the three year research project ‘The Erotic Cloth’, the first outcome of which has been the book The Erotic Cloth (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).      

‘A cliché-busting project, which pushes past easy assumptions about gender and sexuality.’

The Arts Society Magazine

Playful and provocative, this exhibition explores how clothes and fabric conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance. Featuring works by a diverse range of international contemporary artists, it demonstrates how artists and designers have employed fabric to express and subvert societal expectations, explore sexuality and personal identities, and investigate the physical sensations and engagements that we make with fabric. 

Featuring works by a diverse range of international contemporary artists, Fabric: Touch & Identity demonstrates how artists and designers have employed fabric to express and subvert societal expectations, explore sexuality and personal identities, and investigate the physical sensations and engagements that we make with fabric. The exhibition includes work by: Beverly Ayling-Smith, Annie Bascoul, Maxine Bristow, Nigel Hurlstone, Raisa Kabir, Alice Kettle, Susie MacMurray, Cathy de Monchaux, Ruta Naujalyte, Suzumi Noda, Liz Rideal, Nina Saunders, Alison Watt, Vivenne Westwood and Bob White, as well as the new installation Ogi no mai / Japanese Fanfare by Reiko Sudo and Adrien Gardère. Follow the digital link to look at many of these works and hear from the artists themselves.

Explore the exhibition digitally by touching on the works below to hear more from the artists and curators

MY LOVE, I WILL EAT YOU ALIVE by Ruta Naujalyte
Introduced by exhibition curator Lesley Millar
Run time, 01:46 mins

MRS BALDWIN IN EASTERN DRESS by Joshua Reynolds
Introduced by curator Amy Orrock
Run time, 01:26 mins

LAURENT by Nina Saunders
Introduced by exhibition curator Lesley Millar
Run time, 00:57 mins

TERME DI DIOCLEZIANO (THE BATHS OF DIOCLETIAN)
Introduced by artist Liz Rideal
Run time, 01:44 mins

ADAM AND EVE
Introduced by curator and artist Alice Kettle
Run time, 01:39 mins

WHAT PLEASURE by Nigel Hurlstone and RED SUIT by Vivienne Westwood
Introduced by curator Alice Kettle
Run time, 02:33 mins

PARADISE LOST
Introduced by artist Beverly Ayling-Smith
Run time, 01:49 mins

FEMINIST FABRIC: A FAT CORSET
Introduced by artist Raisa Kabir
Run time, 01:00 mins

ERASE
Introduced by artist Cathy de Monchaux
Run time, 02:10 mins

MATERIALLY MEASURED
Introduced by artist Maxine Bristow
Run time, 01:34 mins

HAORI SHUNGA KIMONO
Introduced by exhibition curator Lesley Millar
Run time, 01:02 mins

 

OGI NO MAI / JAPANESE FANFARE by Reiko Sudo
Introduced by curator Amy Orrock
Run time, 01:34 mins