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FMU Art Gallery Series features West African textiles

FLORENCE – West African factory-printed textiles from the collection of Alice Burmeister will be displayed Aug. 29 through Nov. 3 in the Smith University Center art gallery on the Francis Marion University campus as part of the FMU 2000-2001 Art Gallery Series.

The exhibit will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The display is free and open to the public.

During the summer of 1999, Burmeister, an assistant professor of art history at Winthrop University, studied factory-printed textiles produced at the Sonitextil Factory in Niamey, Niger, as well as textiles produced in neighboring African countries that were for sale in local marketplaces. She also interviewed cloth merchants, tailors and the primarily female consumers of the textiles.

“Such textiles, brightly-colored and boldly graphic in design, often feature a wide variety of social, political and religious slogans and imagery,” Burmeister said. “In addition to being both visually striking and pleasing to the eye, cloth may also be designed to communicate important cultural messages or ideologies. The creative design, production and wearing of such cloth in the West African context clearly attests to its potency as a form of artistry, as well as its efficacy as a vehicle for social expression.”

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Last Published: June 3, 2004 11:47 AM
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