Published on July 15, 2021
To make tapestry: "to remain in one's place by being reduced to a decorative object" or "not to be invited to dance"... As a nod to this outdated expression, Aurélia Jaubert and the artists invited to take part in this exhibition place tapestry at the heart of contemporary issues and questions.
By reusing fragments of canvas or tapestry as well as certain artistic codes attached to this practice and then by diverting them, these artists reaffirm the creative capacity of this medium. Thus, tapestry is no longer just a decorative and popular object but once again becomes a "noble" art through which the artist expresses his contemporary view of the world and its representations, often with humour.
The origin of this exhibition project is Collection Grands maîtres, a tapestry designed in 2020 by Aurélia Jaubert and presented during the Objet-Textile Biennial at the Manufacture de Roubaix. Having received the museum prize on this occasion, this piece is the starting point for the presentation that will be devoted to Aurélia Jaubert's textile work.
Made from hundreds of pieces of canvas and tapestries collected here and there, assembled together in the manner of a collage, sewn into a sort of patchwork, Aurélia Jaubert's tapestries form large frescoes.
These frescoes can be described as "pop" since they are made up of hundreds of references to popular imagery and art history.
At the Manufacture, along with the four tapestries: Nativity (2019), Collection Grands maîtres (2020), Penelope Painting (2020), Untitled (2021), Aurélia Jaubert will also present two other series linked to textiles: SUPER VHS/Mixtape (2015-2016) and Rebuts d'atelier (2007-2010). These series bear witness to her research into diverted and ennobled materials, changes of scale and different forms of representation.
Alongside the work of Aurélia Jaubert, the work of four artists working in this medium will also be presented: Clarence Guena, Benoit Jammes, Paul York and Emmanuelle Villard. Through their approaches and the techniques they use, they also renew the art and perception of tapestry today.