Subversive Wall-hanging

26 September 2020 – 18 April 2021

Curator of the exhibition: Olga Budzan

“There should be a special place in hell for women who do not support other women”, “I think-feel-decide”, “I hate to hate”, “I fear people not wild boar” – these are some of the slogans appearing on modern wall-hangings. A few dozen of them are shown in a temporary exhibition prepared by the Ethnographic Museum in Wrocław.

A traditional embroidered wall-hanging, ‘makatka’ – once associated with domestic kitsch, nowadays is becoming a medium of subversive content. The exhibition aims at presenting the whole spectrum of subjects covered by contemporary artists using needlework. The phenomenon of modern ‘makatka’ is based on the transformation of what is internal, domestic and private, into something public. These modern wall-hangings today can be seen in art galleries, at feminist protests, as well as embroidered on headrests in train carriages – which for some is a form of vandalism.