Joana Vasconcelos is one of my favorite crochet artists. This is due mostly, of course, because I find her work striking. However it also has to do with the quality of her career; Joana’s work is seen internationally in amazing exhibitions and this is good for the entire crochet community to have our craft seen on such a large scale. She is part of a large multi-artist exhibit in Jerusalem that I so wish I could see in person!

The Exhibit

The exhibit, which is called Flesh and Blood, sounds like an intensely powerful multimedia exhibit. From the press release:

“The exhibition Flesh and Blood attempts to scrutinize the existing harsh relationship between mankind and other animals, and to challenge us to show sensitivity and to face the reality which the majority amongst us is not sufficiently aware of. The exhibition calls upon us to look at the flesh and blood as a fabric connecting the family of animals, of which we are part of, and to treat it with respect and compassion.”

Here’s the flyer for the exhibit:

flesh and blood exhibit

Museum on the Seam

The exhibit is being held at Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem. From the website:

“Museum on the Seam is a unique museum in Israel, displaying contemporary art that deals with different aspects of the socio-political reality. Through the works of artists from Israel and abroad, who respond to the stress and tension between and within groups, the museum invites the visitors to examine the degree of influence of the social environment on the individual and vice versa. Between the local and the universal, between pluralism and extreme ideologies, the message of The Museum calls for listening and discussion, for accepting the other and those different from us and respect for our fellow man and his liberty.”

The Artists

I am definitely going to carve out some time to explore the work of the other artists that are featured in this exhibit. There are 26 artists from many different countries: Puerto Rico, Israel, Denmark, Austria, The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Norway, China, the US plus Portugal, which is the country that Joana Vasconcelos represents.

Joana’s Work

Some of the artists have more than one work in this exhibit. I am not sure about Joana’s role in the exhibit. I do know that her newsletter included an image of the red crochet-covered bull that you see at the top of this post. This was a 2009 piece she did called Tenorio that included both bobbin lace and crocheted cotton the bull. Like this piece? It reminds me of so many other taxidermy-inspired crochet art piece but is unique to her own style!


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