Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, Guimaraes, PT
05.09. – 25.10.2020

Contextile 2020

Between the 5th September and the 25th October 2020, the city of Guimarães, and its territory, will once again be the stage for the Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, an international event. The 5th edition of CONTEXTILE will take place, including exhibitions, artistic residencies, public space interventions, performances, textile talks and workshops.

The city, and the textile community, gradually take over the dynamics of the biennial, enthusiastically welcoming the many national and international artists who visit and participate in each biennial. Counting on the strategic support of the Municipality of Guimarães, the Textile companies, DGartes, among others.

CONTEXTILE 2020 will occupy the various cultural spaces and public areas of the city, always with the aim of disseminating what is done best in Contemporary Textile Art, in Portugal and in the world. Always starting from our challenge of placing textile in the context of contemporary art.

CONTEXTILE presents the final programme, based on the idea of “Places of Memory – Interdiscourses of a textile territory”. The territory and its textile memory provoke new thoughts and new artistic production one wants to rescue from the past, filtering it in the present, contaminating the future.
Understanding the place through its temporal dimension, thinking and rethinking the definitions based on the relations that are established between geographic and identity space, social and political, artistic and aesthetic, of memory and imagination, thus insisting in the idea of place as inhabited space.
Through reflective practices about a place or the resignification of a territory, considering and/or removing topias, it may be possible to give way to new discourses. Appropriating the memory, inhabiting the uninhabited, common or individual, the inane becoming alive.

Selected artists:

More information on the programme:   

Aquisition Prize 2018_Baiba Osite-Latvia_Substantia_2017-driftwood-canvas-linen-140 x210 cm

Contextile2018_Daniela Bergschneider-Germany_Untitled_2015_dyed fabric, woodsticks, 160 x 125 x 25 cm


Contextile 2020


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