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What We Carried: Threads | Portland Textile Month

October 19, 2021 - November 19, 2021

Free
Along the edges of a rectangle of fabric, adorned with bright red and green patterns, is written "healing is a constant rocking back and forth"—on both sides, more text is handwritten.

Jim Lommasson’s “What We Carried” photo and writing projects begin with a personal object that the participant carried with them on their long and difficult journey from their homelands to the U.S. Objects include a family photo, a bible, a Quran, a doll, dominoes, a teacup or a serving dish from family celebrations, to the clothes that they were wearing when they fled their homes.

Lommasson asks participants to allow him to photograph those few items that they were able to carry with them to the U.S. He asks the participants to write directly on the photograph about their object and why that particular item was so important that they chose it above everything else. Their stories speak of much more than “the object.” The stories are profound and speak to our common humanity. The luminous inner life of these ordinary things is a testament to the unspeakable anguish of a life left forever behind. Ordinary objects become sacred. The photo and writings become a new artifact.

For PTXM, Lommasson has assembled works in which participants chose textiles to carry to their new homes in the U.S.

Opening reception at PLACE:
Oct. 19 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Registration required.

Exhibit viewing times and instructions:
In order to view this exhibit, you will need to choose a date and time for a private viewing appointment at PLACE. Only one group or individual can view the exhibit per appointment. Please choose a date and time that is in line with PLACE’s hours below.

THE VIEWING HOURS ARE
Oct. 19 – Nov. 16
Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday by appointment only

This exhibition is a part of Portland Textile Month. To see all of our programming for the month of October, please visit http://www.textilex.org

Details

Start:
October 19, 2021
End:
November 19, 2021
Cost:
Free
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Accessibility
None
Diversity
None
Event Type
Gallery, Visual Art
Visitor Info
By Appointment

Venue

PLACE Galeria
735 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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