As the winter solstice approaches, time seems to shift while days shorten. This winter, MAMA (Maison de l'Artisanat et des Metiers d'Art) invites visitors to take a measure of time.
Time has often been spoken and written about using the metaphor of 'thread'. This idea comes from Greek mythology and the Fates who were the deities in control of destiny. These three sisters possessed the threads of each person's life: one was in charge of spinning the thread, another dispensed it, and the third was responsible for the final cut, which ended a life.
Greek mythology is heavy in thread-related symbolism - just take a look at the stories of Arachne (the incredible yet boastful weaver) and Penelope (who used her tapestry weaving as a way to hold off suitors and buy time).
Time is the focus of a dynamic exhibition at MAMA, which asked several different artists to consider ways in which time can be seized, dominated, marked or even ignored. In response, the artists have offered works made from knotting, embroidery, sewing, and colour. The exhibition Fil du temps, connexions textiles presents the works of exceptional artists: Ysabel de Maisonneuve, Aude Tahon, Fanny Viollet, Diana Brennan, Veronika Moos, Sandrine Pincemaille - all aligned to allow the visitor to discover a unique story of time.
Until the 16 February 2019.
Maison de l'Artisanat et des Metiers d'Art, 21, Cours d'Estienne d'Orves, 13001 Marseille, FRANCE