Jan. 30, 2019
Jan. 30, 2019
As part of the 2018 Hay Festival in Querétaro, Casa Gutiérrez Nájera and Odabashian presented "Weaving Design Stories: Contemporary Perspectives from the Silk Road”. The exhibition explores influences, connections and the flows of culture between The Americas and Spain via six luxury rugs.
To coincide with the opening of the exhibition Michael Frachetti, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania gave an in-depth presentation at the Museo Regional de Querétaro detailing the origins and evolution of the “Silk Road” and how it came to encompass Latin America.
“The Eurasian “Silk Roads” are among the world’s most important and long-lived social networks that date back to the second century BC. Nearly four thousand years of inter-regional trade painted indelible social and economic ties between East Asia and the Mediterranean, European colonial expansion from the 15th century drew the indigenous people of the Americas to this global circuitry. Thus, in direct and indirect ways, the designers and the pieces that form this exhibit can trace their work to a relict historical geography forged by millennia of contact that defined metaphorically and tangibly the “Silk Road”. – Michael Frachetti
Weaving Design Stories
Weaving Design Stories – Tales from The Silk Road the exhibition was developed by Odabashian in partnership with Casa Gutiérrez Nájera. You can find out more information on the original exhibition at the Museo Regional de Querétaro here.
Weaving Design Stories at ZONA MACO
Associate Professor of Archaeology,
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Michael Frachetti’s research focuses on the dynamic strategies of pastoral nomadic societies living in the steppe region, mountains and deserts of Central and Eastern Eurasia. His work centers primarily on pastoralism in the Bronze Age (~3500-1000BC), which is intricately tied to questions of social and economic interaction between regional populations across Central Asia at that time. His theoretical work explores on how social groups utilize economic and political strategies to communicate inter-regionally, and how variability in their economic and social strategies introduces opportunities for reshaping the boundaries of their social landscapes and human interactions.