5 - 7 October 2023
The Contemporary Nomads Collection presents the Postribal Designs of Firouz FarmanFarmaian following the aRTIST'S parTIcipaTIon in the 59th Biennale di Venezia - developed and produced in collaboration with high-end rug and texTIle producers, Amir Art Collection based in Varese, Italy.
The collection comprises three limited edITIon series - The Talisman TaTToo, Lost Form, and THE Shyrdak - each consisting of unique signed units.
These collections transform techniques and derive semiotics from the nomadic heritage of North Africa and Central Asia, blurring the borders between craft, design, tradition, and contemporary practice.
Contemporary Nomads
In the 21st century, our world has undergone a dramatic transformation in lifestyle that is nothing short of revolutionary. The rise of globalization and remote working has enabled individuals to break free from the shackles of traditional living and embrace a lifestyle that closely resembles that of their nomadic ancestors. With the freedom to move more frequently and easily than ever before, people are now able to explore new horizons and cultures, blurring the lines between what it means to be a modern-day nomad. Unlike their predecessors who roamed vast, untamed landscapes, contemporary nomads find themselve amidst a sea of concrete, glass, and asphalt. As a result, they crave the greenery and blues of nature more than ever before!
Despite these differences, what connects past and present nomads is the enduring tradition of taking their most valuable possessions with them on their journeys, one of which is the rug. Hand-woven with care and skill, these rugs serve as a testament to the nomads' arTISTRY and resourcefulness. As the world continues to shift towards a more mobile and flexible lifestyle, the nomadic way of life may continue to evolve. Still, the significance of the rug as a symbol of tradition and connection to nature will undoubtedly endure.