Tania Candiani, Woman, Mexican, 1974, Textile, Language, Artist …
Candiani was part of the big exhibition, in Rotterdam, “ The future of fashion is now “ at the Boijmans Gallery. Where designers and artists try to show some different and new ways to see to the fashion world. There, exhibited, I found a big roll of textile full of text, text which are full of people, time, story’s, culture, thoughts, worries, feelings, environments and life … words that’s together are the ingredients that creates and constitutes a soul or a spirit from people living in a community full of human being feelings and political statements. A piece with the title ” La Constancia Dormida 2006″.
“La Constancia Dormida ” was a installation with fabrics, thread, metal hooks and sound. Exhibited almost in the end of the exhibition making part of the last theme :“Fashion Activism: Community and Politics”. ”La Constancia Dormida” means like the permanent sleep, which in my opinion i pretty like the name because it really connects the stories that the artist “write” in the raw fabric where maybe people fall in this permanent sleep full of adventures and stories.
This piece really took my attention and I really Identified myself with it, because in this simple way where she use the textile in combination with text’s and with that creates strong feelings of nostalgia, political and human being energies its really fascinating and I really relate myself with this kind of medium combinations. Maybe because the feeling of nostalgia and community thoughts and pessimists really, in my opinion, characterizes the typical Portuguese people, where I am from, and maybe that why I had the need to choose her for design theory assignment .
In one statement of Tania Candiani, “My research processes take as starting point language, text, the political implications of the domestic, of what is public and private, and of “the others.”
Translate strategies amongst systems –linguistic, visual, phonic– and practices, generates equivalences and associations, where there is a constant nostalgia for the obsolete, that makes me consider the discursive content of artifacts and on the former projections of future. In this quest, I have gathered interdisciplinary work teams that contribute from their diverse knowledge fields and specific skills to archive poetic intersections amongst art and technology.
Textiles have been present in my work as tailoring, as a narrative resource and as labor, socially embedded with meaning. Tailoring as design is a contact point with architecture, where the space distribution of the plans as sewing patterns re-signifying the idea of inhabited space or the utopia of an space that could be inhabited. My creative processes continue linked with language, and my intention is increasingly oriented towards the materiality of sound, the idea of the automaton, the possibilities of mechanisms and the sensible experience with architecture”, we can see that Tania’s work is really influence by political implications and about the people that live in there. Tania want to be inspired by the environment and by the people that there live in, giving her the opportunity to listen to them story’s keeping it and sew it in the textile which for me is a beautiful way to narrative or show a work. Because every experiences that we live or a community live stay as a scar in us as a memories for example. And this act that Candiani does by sew all the different stories from different people but all from the same environment in textile is for me like representing a soul or a spirit from one group of people, writing all the stories in the same fabric and leave it as a “scar”. Something fixed that one day become a memorial, in my opinion i really nice way to materialize toughs and feelings.
Having this in mind I realize that textile can be really strong and powerful as a subject or a material to use as a way to express something. And it was interesting to see how here work, also when a think that the way it was exhibited in the exhibition was not best way to show the potential of her work, can be in a way fashion but still questioned the fashion world becoming in the end something else, different than the world of fashion that we know but still a expression of a future form of fashion making for me making a lot of sense to see her piece as part of this big exhibition “ The future of fashion is now “.