On Saturday 22 July, Pataka will open an exhibition by Máximo Laura, an award winning and internationally recognised tapestry weaver from Peru.
Regarded as a Living Treasure in Peru, Máximo finds the ancestral textiles of his home country provide ‘an infinite source of inspiration’ for his work, of which he says:
‘This history merged with the innovations, experiments and ideas of international contemporary textile art, allows for continuation and originality while always maintaining a very personal and Peruvian worldview, a unique spiritual language.’
Eternal Vision features 16 tapestries, including an eight-metre long, marine themed tapestry made especially for the exhibition. Of his work, Trish Armour of Creative Fibre, who recently travelled to Peru for a workshop with Maximo, observes:
‘The colours and textures he uses are like something we haven’t seen here before. He has broken the boundaries of tapestry.’
Floor talk Saturday 22 July 1pm
Máximo will present an artist’s talk at 1pm at Pataka, after which and official exhibition opening will take place at 2pm.
And RNZ’s Standing Room Only interview from 23 July is here.