Exhibition Farandole – Sept 18 – Nov 14, 2013 [fr]
From September 18 to November 14, the Textile Museum of Canada presents the exhibition “Farandole” on the initiative of the Alliance française du Manitoba. The exhibit shows some outfits created by the French designer Pascal Jaouen and a textile work installation by Canadian visual artist Colette Balcaen, all inspired from the Western Canadian Métis Culture, a project initiated by the Alliance F
rançaise du Manitoba.
The exhibition’s title refers to a traditional French dance involving a chain formed as dancers hold hands, moving along in the leader’s path, captured in the cyclical relationship of collaboration, appropriation, and inspiration at the heart of “Farandole”.
The relationship between Balcaen, through their participation in the exhibition Farandole highlights the relationship between Métis and French cultures. The result is a unique look at the continuum of high end fashion and traditional costume, storytelling, beadwork, weaving and embroidery.
“Farandole” is circulated by the Alliance Française du Manitoba and presented in partnership with the Alliance Française de Toronto.
An opening reception will be held at the Textile Museum of Canada on Wednesday September 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Artist Colette Balcaen will be in attendance.
Pascal Jaouen is a master embroiderer, deeply engaged with the traditional embroidery techniques of his native Brittany, France. Jaouen has performed indispensible research on traditional technical knowledge and patterns of Breton embroidery that previously existed only as oral record, thereby ensuring the preservation of the once-vulnerable tradition.
For further information, visit theTextile Museum of Canada website.