As part of its support to emerging contemporary creation and on the occasion of the 2023 Art & Industry triennial, the Rubis Mécénat endowment fund is supporting British artist and textile designer Yemi Awosile to create two monumental textile artworks to cover the façade of Hall AP2 at the Frac Grand Large – Hauts-de-France museum in Dunkirk.
Entitled Forty-seventh Samsara, the installation by Yemi Awosile is deployed on the façade of Hall AP2 of the Frac Grand Large museum in Dunkirk. As an artist and designer, she drew inspiration from the geometric designs found in the archives of the textile factories of Roubaix. These ‘weaving diagrams’ were used to prepare the weaving operations and also symbolise the advent of the industrial revolution. Attached to a steel frame, the flexible yet sturdy fabric cut-offs form abstract symbols that defy time and the wind. The fabrics represent living archives, a record of our times, while also addressing the heritage that is being constantly passed on through the objects and materials that surround us, and exploring the relationship between the United Kingdom and France through their unique history of textile manufacturing and production.
Art & Industry triennial Human Warmth
Curated by Anna Colin and Camille Richert
10 June 2023 – 14 January 2024
Dunkirk / Hauts-de-France