Fabric has always been intimately connected to daily life. It is a necessity of life as well as the material for artistic creation. What Hong-Gah Museum has to offer is its rich collection of embroidery works. How could we get people to know, to appreciate, and to touch the art with long history leads us to the origin of embroidery, so as to see through the intertwined threads and needles, discovering the various possibilities amidst the transformation from point to surface.
Behind the making of fabrics is the accumulation of labor: It mainly was the women in families that contributed to the production of fabrics in Pre-industrial Age. From Industrial Age to nowadays, it has become the underpaid labor in developing countries that makes fabrics. The former is an invaluable household labor, while the latter is a low-priced market exploitation. Such phenomenon is the mirror reflecting the social hierarchy and labor we assign in this day and age.
We are honored by the presence and participation of artists Chia-Wei Hsu, Ya-Chu Kang, Jaffa Lam, Shin-Jie Lo, Chao-Ti Ho, Shu-Man Chang, and “in Blooom”. The exhibition will showcase some of our exquisite collection, Xi Shi Huan Sha for instance, along with modern artworks. Through the dialogue between fabrics and labor, we shall open up a space for the intercourse between the old/antiquity vs the new/modernity, in hopes of unwinding the meaning of fabric, extending to the creators, laborers, and users that take part in the process.