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“Artists are the warriors of today”


WESTPORT — Women have been protesting for a long time, even in ancient Greece, said curator Melanie Prapopoulos.

“The marriage of the female artist with the textile medium, both outwardly and socially believed to be weak, in the hands of these artists affirms that strength lies in durability, flexibility and resolution,” said Ruth Mannes , Executive Director of MoCA Westport. .

The exhibition is available for free until October 22, allowing visitors to experience the crossroads of fiber art with political and social consciousness.

Portions of this exhibition were originally presented at CAMP Gallery Miami in 2020, in partnership with the Fiber Artists Miami Association. It coincided with the death of former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the presidential election and the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave most women the right to vote in the United States.

“The exhibit and its message — the right to vote, and the action and accountability of all who vote — are just as important today as they were in the past,” Prapopoulos said. “Artists are the warriors of today who still carry the torch that was first lit over a hundred years ago.”

This version of the exhibit focuses on flags, using them as a metaphor for women during the suffrage movement. The exhibition flags were created with fiber arts and sparked positive social change. According to the museum, they are made from a range of fibers, including velvet, silk, linen and recycled materials, such as plastic and canvas.

Prapopoulos said MoCA’s plans to bring this exhibit to Connecticut began before discussions around the Supreme Court decision on reproductive rightson which some of the exhibited works focus.

“It was timely in 2020, and it’s timely now,” she said.

She said she hopes visitors will see the women holding a needle as more than artisans.

“The assumption that it’s a petty household-type occupation is really disturbing,” she said. “It’s so set in gender expectations.”

Prapopoulous said she also wanted “people to understand that the female voice is just as valuable as the male voice.”

This exhibition is presented alongside other works by artist Aurora Molina, sculptor Shelly McCoy and an interactive fiber installation, as well as other artists.

One of the performers is South Norwalk resident Camille Eskell. Her piece, “Rough Robe: Out from Under,” is her first large-scale garment in her “The Fez as Storyteller” series. It’s made with a variety of techniques, including digital art and hand sewing, and is created in part from an Indian sari she got while visiting Mumbai.

“Embracing exotic and heartbreaking Orientalism, my ongoing series ‘The Fez as Storyteller’ delves into my cultural history and family heritage,” Eskell said. “As a first-generation American and the youngest of three daughters from a turbulent Iraqi-Jewish family in Bombay, I examine the impact of this legacy through a feminist lens.”

This work, in particular, focuses on the fusion of cultural materials and symbols that are regularly found in his series. She said the images of the dress “depict the iconic Middle Eastern figure of the belly dancer/harem girl, and the Stars of David are interspersed.”

Eskell also commented on how his piece adds to the overall theme of the exhibit.

“Unfortunately, this social discourse is front and center now, given the recent reactionary political moves against women’s rights in this country,” she said. “This is one of many important social issues reflected on the show.”

Eskell said she hopes viewers will learn “the power of artists’ voices, especially women, and their active participation in exposing and expressing important social, political and humanist issues.”

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