The Event of a Thread

From Dresden onto Kuwait and now in Istanbul, the touring exhibition explores social, cultural and historical narratives united through threads of fabric.


From February 22, 2019 until July 12, 2019
Starting in Dresden, “The Event of a Thread” exhibition travelled to Kuwait before making its way to Istanbul. The touring exhibition demonstrates the variety of opportunities provided by textiles as a multifaceted tool of expression in addition to its purpose as a surface produced via the systematic integration of yarn layers, warps and wefts. Social, cultural and historical narratives are untied from threads of fabric and rearranged for us to create new connections between them.
“The Event of a Thread” brings together 25 international contemporary artists, who use textile to create aesthetic and cultural narratives through objects, installations and video works. The title of the exhibition is a quotation from On Weaving (1965), the reference book by Anni Albers, one of the most important artists from the Bauhaus textile workshops. Albers believed that socio-cultural and economic activities impacted textiles, and stated that “Just as it is possible to go from any place to any other, so also, starting from a defined and specialized field, can one arrive at a realization of ever-extending relationships. Thus tangential subjects come into view.​” According to Albers, one could discover “the event of a thread”​ at the root of each development. In the exhibition, weaving threads are utilized as a metaphor, which facilitate the interaction of weaving styles, stories and production techniques from different cultures, and mediate the development of new connections between them.
Istanbul Modern
Asmalımescit Mahallesi Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:99 34430, Beyoğlu İstanbul
22 February - 12 July 2019