Melting Pot. Selected ceramic and textile works by Joana Vasconcelos and Ai Weiwei
Joana Vasconcelos and Ai Weiwei
September 7 - November 6, 2022 - Extended December 23, 2022

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Article: Joana Vasconcelos se retrouve chez Laura Gowen, Bilan, by Etienne Dumont, 14.10.2022 (FR)

We are thrilled to present Melting Pot, an exhibition of selected works by Joana Vasconcelos including ceramic and textile pieces from her acclaimed Bordalos and Boxes series, alongside two ceramic works by Ai Weiwei.

By revisiting the readymade and the parameters of New Realism and Pop Art, both artists ironically question contemporary society, its socio-cultural norms and collective identities. Their nonconformist visual language, often referring to the history of art and playing with the codes of luxury and design, or with the potential of elements drawn from the domestic universe, allows artisanship and industry, tradition and modernity, popular culture and erudition to coexist.

The present exhibition is part of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) 2022 Congress. Marking the organisation’s 70th anniversary as well as its 50th congress jubilee, this year’s event takes the expression ‘Melting Pot’ as its theme, referring to a space within which very varied origin mix, where different ideas meet. Hosted by swissceramics, the Geneva-based Swiss association of professional ceramists, the congress runs from the 12th to 16th September 2022.