Opening. Carpetland. Critical Tapestries.

With a performative piano concert by Myriam El Haïk

27.10.2023, 19:00 — 23:45 Opening

On Friday, 27 October, we celebrate the grand opening of Carpetland. Critical Tapestries. This tongue in cheek titled exhibition attempts to look beyond the hype of the pleasing textile. You won’t find an endless supply of mass-produced carpets, but a dozen artworks by artists who look beyond the purely aesthetic side of textiles and tapestries.They pose critical questions about the perception and appreciation of this medium that is situated between art and craft.

We warmly invite you to discover the work of no fewer than 11 international artists whose artistic practice revolves around textiles and carpets during this festive opening. The opening also promises to be musical with a performative piano concert by Myriam El Haïk amidst her installation PLEASE PATTERNS. This work, which was shown at the last Berlin Biennale, consists of a collection of carpets and drawings and paintings by herself. With the concert, El Haïk not only seeks to musically 'capture' the duration of weaving but also to activate and bring to life the installation with her harmonic sounds.

We will close the evening with a DJ set by Susobrino. The Belgian-Bolivian producer & multi-instrumentalist is on a continuous exploration of his musical roots. In doing so, he moves closer to the core sounds of the Afrolatino experience, building rhythmic bridges across continents and centuries.


19:00: public opening
20:00: speech
21:00: performative piano concert by Myriam El Haïk
22:00: DJ set by Susobrino

Free entrance


Participating artists Isa do Rosário, Saiqa Ejaz, Myriam El Haïk, Natalia Nakazawa, David Penny, Golnesa R. Pishkhani, Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales, Hussein Shikha, Jennifer Tee, Margo Veeckman, Monika Žaltauskaitė Grašienė

Curator: Joachim Naudts in samenwerking met Zuzanna Rachowska

Location Kunsthal Extra City - Church, Provinciestraat 112, 2018 Antwerpen

Carpetland. Critical Tapestries. 28.10.2023—14.04.2024