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Memory is the Seamstress

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2023

‘Memory Is the Seamstress’ engages with themes of displacement and loss under enduring structures of violence through photographic archives translated onto fabric. The exhibition derives its title from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando (1928), in which the author proposes textile work as a metaphor for memory processes. Curator Murtaza Vali posits that today’s instantaneous photography has altered this memory-textile connection and responds by presenting artworks that combine the mediums to reintroduce the complex textures of recollection and to open up imagistic possibilities.

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