ICA Textile Conservator Jane Hammond to speak at CPL as part of FRONT Triennial Events

Tightly Bound: The Story of Dutch Wax Textiles

Public Lecture, Thursday August 23, 6 pm

Cleveland Public Library
Brett Hall
325 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

‘Dutch Wax’ textiles are a recognizable and distinct element of African culture and identity, but their origins are found in 19th century Dutch Colonialism and the Industrial Revolution. For decades Yinka  Shonibare has exploited their “fakeness” in his paintings, photographs, and installations, using them as entry points to conversations about global connection and identity. ICA- Art Conservation Textile conservator Jane Hammond, will review the history of these wax-resist textiles and some of the conservation challenges faced in their preservation in a presentation for the general public.

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