Aleksandra Mir: Space Tapestry

Exhibition, Tate, Liverpool, UK.


From June 23, 2017 until October 15, 2017

Space Tapestry reflects society’s relationship with space and our insatiable curiosity to find out if we are alone in the universe.

Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the anonymous artists who depicted Halley’s Comet in 1066, the Space Tapestry is a large-scale wall hanging by Aleksandra Mir and 25 collaborators, aged 18 to 24. The 40-metre tapestry is accompanied by 39 smaller drawings depicting a series of probes that have been sent into outer space since the 1950s. These works depict the romance of science, providing a perspective on humanity’s significance in the universe and our relationships to one another. Says the artist:
"My objectives are to push drawing beyond the limits of the small-scale, manageable sheet of paper into a larger unruly reality; simultaneously a stage set, a choreographed dance and an improvisational performance act. I have worked on expanding this notion by bringing in other people to explore the potential of our tools, methods and relationship to each other. Working with a collective spirit diversifies the palette and the end result is the richer for it."
Over the past three years, Mir has formed relationships with professionals in the space industry and academia who have informed and inspired the Space Tapestry. The work draws out themes relating to current debates, recorded events, scientific discoveries, technological innovations and predictions of an imagined future that currently affect all our lives. In total, the finished Space Tapestry, drawn on synthetic canvas with marker pens, will be 200 metres long by 3 metres high. Work started on the tapestry in 2015 and it is estimated that it will take 3000 drawing hours to complete.