Ancestry and Artistry explores the rich textile culture of the Maya of Guatemala. The curator, Roxane Shaughnessy, notes:
"Cloth holds great importance for Guatemala’s indigenous communities, and traditional dress plays an essential role in Maya identity today as a vital link with the ancestral past and a means of cultural reinvention. Through an array of textiles patterned with evocative designs rich in iconography, Ancestry and Artistry traces a century of dynamic change as well as the remarkable continuity of ancient Maya traditions in the face of significant modernization, political upheaval, and religious transformation."
In addition to a stunning array of embroidered and woven garments, the exhibition will feature a selection of works by contemporary artists Andrea Aragón, Verónica Riedel, and photo-journalist Jean-Marie Simon. Further information can be found at found http://www.textilemuseum.ca/apps/index.cfm?page=exhibition.detail&exhId=358.
Organized by the Textile Museum of Canada. An illustrated catalogue is available.
The Many Facets of Textile Use and Production in Mesoamerica
Gallery Hall, TFDL, University of Calgary
(co-sponsored by Nickle Galleries, Latin American Research Centre and the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology)