Linda Peitz

Linda Peitz este director de creație, manager de proiect și curator și locuiește la Berlin. Este fondatoarea și directoarea CCCCCOMAe.V. (Curational Collective Connecting Concepts of Communication and Art) din 2020 și curatoare și manager de expoziții la Galeria Ebensperger. În calitate de curator și manager de expoziție la galeria Ebensoperger, cu sediul la Berlin și în Austria, Linda Peitz este responsabilă de programul curatorial al expozițiilor, de legăturile artistice din cadrul galeriei și de reprezentarea galeriei pe scena de artă internațională. În perioada decembrie 2022 și ianuarie 2023, Linda Peitz a fost curatoarea în rezidență în București, în cadrul programului ARAC ART & RESIDENCY.

Text on experience in Bucharest

Curatorial research text by Linda Peitz

During my stay at the ARAC ART & RESIDENCY in Bucharest, I focused on getting to know the art scene in Bucharest and met several artists from Romania. The stay was extremely nourishing and and has given me the chance to really concentrate on a deeper research of topics that I am interested in, e.g. the idea of how contemporary art works as a commentary of societal and political grievances.

I became especially intrigued by the work of the Romanian-American artist Megan Dominescu, whom I met several times, and how she employs traditional rug-hooking and knitting techniques in daring, funny and sharp social commentaries on contemporary lifestyles as often used in every day online advertisements and on the streets. I was wondering how textiles can serve as catalysts of societal and cultural processes and did more research on the history of textiles in modern and contemporary art. Textiles have always been a means of storytelling. Similar to ceramics, glass design or architecture, it has long been reduced to decorative crafts instead of counting as actual art and has often been associated with women rather than men. From rug-hooking, to fibre art, tapestry, weaving, embroidery and knitting, the socially meaningful role of textile materials also becomes apparent in clothing, design, science and technology.

In Megan’s work I felt that everyday and politically charged situations could become relevant through the use of textile fabrics: by turning an everyday material and technique into a means of expression, while simultaneously subverting its traditional attributes and moral valuation. It was fascinating to connect the scenes and topics of her works to what I experienced and saw in everyday life in Bucharest: from street signs and public toilet architecture to erotic massage advertisements. It also helped me to get a better understanding of certain parts of Romanian history and the people living there. Towards the end of my stay in Bucharest I became interested in putting Megan’s work into a broader art historical perspective.

This is something I would like to keep working on: How does her oeuvre fit into the history of textile art (from modern positions like Anni Albers and Sheila Hicks to contemporary artists)? What examples of textile art do we have today?

Insomnia Nights l Curator – talk with Linda Peitz