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WhiteBox Harlem is thrilled to present Subversive Stitch, a group exhibition featuring female contemporary artists that work in textiles, curated by Kimberly Reinagel. Presented at this show will be works by Zhen Guo, Leila Seyedzadeh, Alexandria Deters, Mariana Garibay Raeke, Christina Wong, Victoria Udondian, Kimberly Reinagel, Eozen Agopian and Lisa Kellner. This exhibition will look at the societal reassignment of the textile in the art market. Textiles throughout history have been heavily considered a "feminine" medium. Fabrics, fashion, embroidery and tapestry all connote a feminine background, and have thus notoriously not been received with much gravity. This exhibition is here to prove that the textile medium carries just as much clout and strength in the art world at large as any other male-dominated medium does.

The title of the show is an homage to feminist and writer Rozsika Parker and her book “The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine”. In this book Parker takes a look into the art of embroidery and how this craft was elevated from private female domesticity into the fine arts, a movement which fostered the increasing growth of the craft movement in the art world. Embroidery to this day is still heavily considered a feminine medium, but one that is no less subversive, innovative, and political than any other art medium. This exhibition will bring together female artists from a range of cultural backgrounds, who work in textile mediums in a display of artistic strength.

These artists tackle the themes of culture, identity, displacement, feminism, economics and a responsibility to the truth of material through their work. This group of artists represent diversity and what the textile means as it is carried through the atmosphere of their respective backgrounds. In this exhibition, China, Iran, Nigeria, Greece, United States, Thailand, and Mexico will all share a unique and yet collaborate voice through textiles. Every single thread in this space holds within it a deeper story.

During this exhibition, funds will be collected on a donation basis, and a portion of all artwork sales will go to support the programming of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, a New York based organization that provides a safe haven, as well as programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for girls in middle and high school. The Lower Eastside Girls Club aims to break the cycle of poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental female leaders.

If you are unable to attend the event but would still like to make a donation to support the Lower East Side Girls Club, please Venmo @subversive-stitch with the subject line “donation”.

Present but not in connection with this exhibition will be a t-shirt printing booth and lighting display created by artists Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu.

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