LAS FRUTAS DEL MUNDO (FRUITS OF THE WORLD)
Tennessee-based artist Andrew Saftel will exhibit Las Frutas del Mundo in conjunction with the Big Ears Music Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 28-30, 2014. This exhibit will feature tapestries and related works on paper from an ongoing collaboration between the artist and a family of weavers in Michoacan, Mexico. The exhibit will be open during three afternoon sessions and feature a documentary film about the project by Eduardo Bautista, Morelia, Michoacán.
Saftel’s tapestry project and works on paper represent a link between the history and culture of the Mexican agricultural heartland and life in rural East Tennessee.
“What these master artisans have created are not reproductions of the images I drew, but interpretations of them in natural wool: grown, dyed and woven in Michoacán, Mexico. The project has created an ongoing link between two cultures, using the arts to cross a contested border and inject hope and economic possibility into a difficult time for Michoacán,” said Saftel.
Location: Suite 201, The Pembroke, 508 Union Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902
How to find: at the corner of Walnut and Union, downtown Knoxville
Hours: 2-4 pm on Friday March 28, 11a.m. to 2p.m Saturday March 29, and Sunday March 30
Las Frutas del Mundo premiered in 2013 at the Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. La Frontera (The Border), a color woodcut printed in Pátzcuaro, was partially funded by a professional development grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2010.
The continuing collaboration is documented in a film entitled Las Frutas Del Mundo. Eduardo Bautista/NemesysFilms. < www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9RQs0spKfU>
For more information about Andrew Saftel, visit www.andrewsaftel.com.