Handkerchiefs - the foldable, portable, simple squares of cotton - have accompanied people in celebrations and farewells in many cultures for centuries, offered bodily protection and coverage, and sustained expressions of political tenets and spiritual beliefs. In “The World is a Handkerchief,” handkerchiefs become vessels of memories and itinerant narratives; containers of emotions; translators of wounds, signals of ideological resistance. Each piece epitomises a soft space for visual statements, to be carried as a tangible memento. Artists employed printmaking, painting, embroidery, drawing, and collage to capture their wandering, often disappearing recollections of homeland as well as reflections on displacement and identity.
Participating artists: Victoria Arce, Guler Ates, Dotty Attie, Yuno Baswir, Sarah Bodman, Stephanie Brody Lederman, Joy Brown, Alicia Candiani, Matt Clay-Robison, Chiachio & Giannone, Tariq Dajani, Claudia DeMonte, Mariana Depetris, David Driskell, Eiman Elgibreen, Judy Glantzman, Joy Gregory, Hiroyuki Hamada, Sarah Hinckley, Maia Horta, Barbara Johnson, Laura Sue King, Katerina Kyselica, Luis Libretti, Eva Lundsager, Cecilia Mandrile, Ed McGowin, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Keith Morrison, Erica Naito, Eduardo Padilha, Carinna & Grace Parraman, Alicia Paz, Jefferson Pinder, Alice Pixley Young, Boyo Quintana, Rocca Family, Alex Rojas, Graciela Sacco, Soffía Sæmundsdóttir, Claudia Sbrissa, Berty Skuber, Marisa Tellería, Claudia Terstappen, Betty Tompkins, Sofia Torres Kosiba, Lucrecia Urbano, Kay WalkingStick, Katarina Wong, Aaron Yassin, Rossana Zaera, and Firooz Zahedi.