The exhibition is the result of the collaboration between La Triennale di Milano and Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, Assessorato del turismo, artigianato e commercio Curated by Giuliana Altea and Roberta Morittu.
The partnership between Assessorato del Turismo, Artigianato e Commercio and Triennale di Milano is aimed at promoting Sardinian contemporary craft, through a series of initiatives showcasing both the work of designers and crafters. Following last January successful show of Antonio Marras, fashion designer and multi-faceted artist, the Design week (April 4/9) will host ‘Past Future. Craft Design in Sardinia’.
The exhibition presents the intertwinements, the connections and the interferences between craft and design in Sardinia in three historical moments: the XIX century traditional craft production, rebirth promoted by artists and designers at Mid-century, and the recent developments.
Existing in the collective imagination as a summer holiday paradise, Sardinia is nonetheless a diversified cultural landscape, made of history, of physical and mental spaces, of shared traditions, in which past and future overlap: the legacy of craft provides the foundation for contemporary design thinking. “Memory really matters… only if it binds together the imprint of the past and the project of the future, if it enables us to act without forgetting what we wanted to do, to become without ceasing to be, and to be without ceasing to become”, as Calvino writes.
Past Future tells the story of one hundred years of craft by means of objects, images, visual and sound atmospheres. Rugs, tapestries and fabrics compose a “textile wall” highlighting the paramount role of weaving in Sardinian craft; the juxtaposition of historical and contemporary objects shows the dialogue between past and present; a huge textile and digital installation and other multimedia interventions evoke – through a mosaic of images and micro tales – the manifold charms of Sardinian culture and ambience.
PAST FUTURE Craft Design in Sardinia April 4 – 9 2017. The exhibition is the result of the collaboration of La Triennale di Milano and Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, Assessorato del turismo, artigianato e commercio.