Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art

13 Feb-26 May 2024

Barbican Art Gallery
London EC2Y 8DS


Contemporary artists that explore the transformative and subversive potential of textiles to challenge power structures and reimagine the world.

Bringing together over 100 artworks by a diverse range of international practitioners to examine the ways in which artists have embraced textiles to communicate multi-layered stories about lived experience; addressing gender, sexuality, colonialism, the movement and displacement of people, ancient forms of knowledge, and more. Spanning intimate hand-crafted works to large-scale sculptural installations, the exhibition presents works that are radical in their form and politics, revealing how textiles have been forces of resistance and repair.

Featuring: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Igshaan Adams, Mounira Al Sohl, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Louise Bourgeois, Jagoda Buić, Cian Dayrit, Tracey Emin, Jeffrey Gibson, Sheila Hicks, Teresa Margolles, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Faith Ringgold, Angela Su, Lenore Tawney, Cecilia Vicuña, Billie Zangewa, and more.