Aug. 09, 2018
Aug. 09, 2018
Weaving Design Stories
Contemporary perspectives from the Silk Road
An exhibition by Casa Gutiérrez Nájera and Odabashian
Museo Regional de Querétaro
Calle Corregidora Sur 3, Centro,
September 6th, 2018 – February 17th, 2019
As part of the 2018 Hay Festival in Querétaro, Casa Gutiérrez Nájera and Odabashian will present "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.
“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, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.
The participating designers: Johanna Boccardo (Venezuela), Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta (Mexico), Todomuta (Spain), Carlos Torre Hütt (Mexico), Jacobo Zanella (Mexico) and 31/20 (Spain) each took their origins as a point of departure to explore the historical threads of the Silk Road, tracing its cultural and social impact in various ways.
The exhibited pieces were produced by Odabashian, one of the longest established rug manufacturers in Latin America (Est. 1921). Each of the designs demonstrate ancient techniques such as the Tibetan hand knot and use premium New Zealand wool. The rugs were hand made on the Ganges Plains near the holy city of Varanasi in India before arriving in Mexico.
The Weaving Design Stories exhibition was designed and produced by Casa Gutiérrez Nájera, an independent gallery in Querétaro that is dedicated to promoting design through exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
To coincide with the opening of the exhibition Michael Frachetti, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania will give an in-depth presentation at the Museo Regional de Querétaro on September 7th at 5PM detailing the origins and evolution of the “Silk Road” and how it came to encompass Latin America.
Casa Gutiérrez Nájera
Casa Gutiérrez Nájera (CGN) is a design gallery founded in 2011, dedicated to research, promotion and dissemination of this discipline. Located in the city of Querétaro, this space is linked to other projects that share their vocation in Mexico and abroad. CGN focuses on generating exhibition content and collaborations with designers and architects, thus promoting creative work.
Established in 1921 Odabashian is the oldest luxury rug manufacturer in Latin America. Today it’s mission is to push traditional techniques into new territories via collaborations with some of the world’s leading creatives. Odabashian rugs are characterised by evocative aesthetics, innovative thinking and deep storytelling brought to life with flawless production.
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.
The Hay Festival Querétaro
6th – 9th September, 2018
Hay Festival brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be. Nobel Prize-winners and novelists, scientists and politicians, historians and musicians talk with audiences in a dynamic exchange of ideas. Hay Festival’s global conversation shares the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences live, in print and digitally. Hay Festival also runs wide programmes of education work supporting coming generations of writers and culturally hungry audiences of all ages.