“The Clothed Home: Tuning In To The Seasonal Imagination” opened on Saturday at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which has “Terra” as its motto. Exhibition of Polish origin evokes rituals of relationship with the natural world and reflection of the rhythm of seasonal changes.
Lisbon, November 07, 2022 – The exhibition 'The Clothed Home: Tuning In To the Seasonal Imagination' opened on Saturday, November 5, at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. “Earth”, the motto of this year's Triennale, invites reflection on the challenges of modernity. “The Clothed Home” explores the ways in which textiles have been used to reflect the pace of seasonal changes in home interiors.
“The Clothed Home”, an exhibition by artist Alicja Bielawska curated by Aleksandra Kedziorek, organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, is rooted in textile patterns from pre-electricity Poland and evokes home rituals that allow you to cultivate a relationship with the natural world and react more carefully to its constant changes.
The idea of the Polish exhibition, created in 2021, reveals a surprising relevance. More and more people are looking for ways to adapt interiors to the coming winter – not only in a decorative context, but also to provide additional insulation. Thus, attention turns to seasonality, until recently considered a marginal part of life, but whose impact is now increasingly felt.
Rooted in ancient Polish textile traditions and domestic rituals, the exhibition seeks to re-establish and cultivate a more attentive relationship with the natural world and its continuous changes. In the pre-electric age, before the accessibility of central heating and air conditioning made residents accustomed to outdoor conditions, houses functioned as resonators, helping them feel the cyclical rhythm of the year.
Inspirations and solutions for homes can be found in the Polish textile tradition, which is explored and exhibited by “The Clothed Home”. The exhibition recalls how the houses of our ancestors were “dressed”, using the traditions of Polish textile designs prior to the electrical age.
The creators of hand-woven kilins, wall and ceiling coverings, rugs and other textiles used for interior design use the meaning and temperature of colors to recreate them. Thus, they indicate the rhythm that was once marked by the cycle of the seasons. The visualization of these “dressed” rooms, executed by Alicja Bielawska, an artist who creates spatial works with fabrics, inspires to re-tune the cycles of nature and to reflect on her place in the present.
Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis of the Centrala group – a Warsaw-based architecture and research studio that deals with reinterpretations and spatial interventions aimed at renewing the language of architecture – are responsible for the concept and design of the exhibition. The exhibition curator is Aleksandra Kędziorek, and the visual identity was designed by Anna Kulachek.
In pre-modern Polish homes, textiles were widely used as seasonal clothing for architecture, helping to adapt domestic spaces to the twelve phenological seasons characteristic of the Central European climate zone.
The recurring appearance of textiles in home interiors has allowed residents to consciously participate in the cycles of nature – celebrating the passage of time, with an enhanced sense of immersion in the circadian rhythm and the sequence of light and dark.
While not an illustration of a specific space in time, “The Clothed Home” exhibition offers visitors a multi-sensory experience.
Once inside the exhibition, visitors are guided through different textile fabrics. For example, hand-woven rugs, wallcoverings and kilins are made by local artisans using traditional weaving techniques and natural yarns. The color palette is inspired by observing the Polish landscape throughout the year.
Orange and red textiles that are thick and wooly evoke the cold seasons, while light, flowing fabrics in blue and green fabrics that sag and encourage air movement suggest the warm seasons. The exhibition highlights a variety of traditional weaving techniques, showing how these textiles are still relevant to contemporary trends in interior design.
“In this day and age, when many of us are cooped up in centrally heated apartments and air-conditioned offices, we don't keep up with the nuances of nature's changing cycles. Contemporary design can help us tune in stations again,” says curator Aleksandra Kędziorek.
The exhibition, organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, was presented at the Polish Pavilion of the London Design Biennale 2021, at the National Museum in Krakow and at the Design Biennale in Ljubljana 2022. It was selected for the Independent Projects program at the Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, among 167 applications from all over the world.
“The Clothed Home” is on display at Palácio Sinel de Cordes until December 5, from Tuesday to Sunday between 11 am and 00 pm. Entry is free.
information in https://2022.trienaldelisboa.com/evento/the-clothed-home/.
About the Adam Mickiewicz Institute:
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a Polish cultural institution whose mission is to develop and communicate the cultural elements of Poland through international cooperation and cultural exchange. During the last 20 years, the institute has organized more than 6.000 cultural events with almost 55 million participants. The institute has organized projects in countries such as the UK, the USA, Italy, Israel, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, the Benelux, South Korea, Japan and also in China, thus obtaining a unique experience by working in a variety of cultures, of the world and traditions. The relationships developed and maintained over the years with major institutions and festivals around the world allowed Polish artists to participate in projects in 70 countries on five continents.