Maria Juliana Byck: Textile Stories


Maria Juliana Byck
July 12, 2021
to August 6, 2021
Layerjeva hiša
BIEN AIR together with Biennale of Western Balkans and I-portunus
Maria Juliana Byck is a social practice artist originally from California, now based in Athens Greece.

Her recent projects focus on sustainable practices for creating the cultural commons through creative reuse, exchange, psycho-geography, and visual and sonic ethnography. She believes art doesn’t require genius at all. It requires dedication, curiosity, and comfort in going against the grain of society. What is common is the ability to identify what we don’t understand and to respond by learning and by doing the work to uncover the unknown, invisible and reluctant. Her practice is centered on using the camera as a tool for opening encounters through sharing and listening.

Maria Juliana Byck is creating a mind map of textile memories together with the textile and artistic community of Kranj.

Maria Juliana Byck (US): Textile Stories (2021)
5. 8.– 20. 8. 2021
Mahlerca Gallery (Layer House, Kranj)
Opening: 5. 8., at 6 PM
Over three weeks social practice artist Maria Juliana Byck investigated the embedded social, cultural and emotional implications of textiles in Kranj. Holding a wealth of intergenerational wisdom, textiles contain a complex network of history, materials, production techniques, fluctuating values, and undulating desires. Each textile contains a story, which is often forgotten or trivialized, yet carries traces of movement, innovation, dreams and exchange. Textiles are a means of understanding the politicization, commodification and globalization of our lives, carried on our bodies and residing in our homes, while intimate, personal and every day, they are simultaneously intrinsically public and communal.
This interactive installation is the result of people from Kranj and the surrounding region sharing the stories of textiles in their lives. Kranj was one of the most important centers of textile manufacturing in the former Yugoslavia. Yet now little remains of this history. This installation offers the chance to reflect on how things have changed and explore the implications of Kranj’s textile stories.
We all have stories to tell, stories we have lived from the inside out. We give our experiences an order. We organize the memories of our lives into patterns to make meaning. The installation is a collection of stories to be shared and expanded upon. Your stories and the stories of the people around you are unique, valuable treasures.
The stories do not end. You are invited to add your stories, questions, ideas, memories and dreams.
Many thanks to all who participated in creating this project, especially:
Anja Podreka, Lidija Tolič, Matevž Oman, Hilda Oman, Marička Rakovec, Marija Govednik, Boris Pertot, Bojan Šibenik, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Tina Pavlin, Tjaša Bavcon, Nina Arnuš
Gorenjska Museum: Mateja Likozar, Tjaša Šoštarič, Tatjana Dolžan Eržen
Artemis Papageorgiou and the team at Biennale of the Western Balkans
Neža Mlakar, Miha Marenčič, Zala Orel (BIEN 2021)

With the help of Biennial of Western Balkans.

The art residency is supported by the European Commission's I-portunus programme.

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