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Tangled Yarns

Tangled Yarns

An exploration of the global textile industry, past and present

2 September 2017 — 31 October 2017

2 September - 31 October 2017, Tangled Yarns @ People’s History Museum. Aftermath detail © Alke Schmidt

Time 10:00 - 17:00

Duration 7 hours

Cost In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3

2 September - 31 October 2017, Tangled Yarns @ People’s History Museum. Deeds Not Words © Alke Schmidt In April 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed, killing 1,139 Bangladeshi garment workers who were making clothes for the UK market.  This tragic disaster, caused by putting profits over workers’ safety, inspired artist Alke Schmidt to make the works displayed in Tangled Yarns, a thought-provoking solo exhibition that explores the politics and morality of the global textile industry and the cotton trade past and present, and how this industry affects and connects people across continents.2 September - 31 October 2017, Tangled Yarns @ People’s History Museum. The Power Of The Union © Alke Schmidt

The works examine different episodes in the industry’s complex and often brutal history, combining found fabrics with painting, stitch or print.  Using both narrative and more abstract approaches, they reveal how global textile supply chains are intrinsically intertwined with issues of gender, race, profit, and the struggle against exploitation.

Each piece incorporates a different fabric, chosen for its association with the story being told and used as a canvas or sculptural medium.  One large colourful wall hanging, inspired by the PHM’s trade union banners, celebrates Bangladeshi garment workers fighting for better conditions, alongside works commemorating the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.

2 September - 31 October 2017, Tangled Yarns @ People’s History Museum. End Of Empire detail © Alke SchmidtTangled Yarns was originally commissioned by the William Morris Gallery, London, with support from Arts Council England.  The exhibition includes work from thisoriginal project and new work made in response to PHM’s collection.

Alke Schmidt has exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the UK and internationally, working with museums, curators, galleries and non-profit organisations.  She lives and works in East London.

Suitable for all ages