Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Artist Lecture / Annet Couwenberg

Lecture: November 16th 2010, 5:30pm-7pm:
The Stamp Gallery is pleased to introduce the inaugural installment of the artist lecture and performance series Speaking of Art

The first artist talk will be by Annet Couwenberg who will discuss Clothing as Interface: CrossCultural Muslim Identity, a project she worked on during her time as an artist in residence at Willem de Kooning Academie in The Netherlands.  The collaborative project with Muslim Women in Rotterdam included both interviews and “Sewing Sessions,” that opened up extensive dialogues on the diverse views of fashion, politics, faith, beauty, modesty and cultural diversity held by Dutch Muslims.  In her collaborative sewing sessions, Couwenberg discovered an effective setting for discussions about cultural displacement.

Annet Couwenberg creates work with textile and fabric to explore “the concept of clothing as metaphor that examines the precarious balance between the constraints of social norm and our private desires.”  Born in the Netherlands, and holding two MFA degrees from US institutions, Couwenberg is currently a Professor in the Fiber department of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

The Lecture will be held in the Grand Ballroom Lounge, on the 1st floor of The Stamp Student Union, on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.

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