A solo exhibition of embroidered textile paintings and ﬁber sculptures by Hale Ekinci.
Collaging together ﬁber techniques, found textiles, and images from family archives, the exhibition explores phases of acculturation, immigrant identity, and ideas about gendered labor. The decorative fringes are inﬂuenced by the Middle Eastern tradition of oya (lace edging on a headdress) and its use of symbolic patterns that serve as a secret language between women to express personal sentiments that must otherwise remain private. Adopting these methods of embellishment and encoding, it create adorned, intercultural portraits framed with oya on bedsheets.
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