Bringing together works by eighteen artists, the exhibition investigates two different lines or tracks in modern and contemporary embroidery. One of them is aiming towards the visionary, building on imagination and fantasy, and sometimes expressing a distinct desire to transgress the traditions of the discipline. The other is oriented towards texts and images that bear witness of everyday life and societal issues, with some works touching upon juridical processes. With embroideries covering themes as remote as fairytales, kitchen sink realism and the bureaucracy of court trial processes, the exhibition highlight the way in which embroidery functions as a mirror for human life in all its diversity. The small stitches tell grand narratives.
The exhibition is based on works from the collection of the Röhsska Museum but also comprises loans from Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, from private collections, and from the participating artists.
Featured artists in the exhibition are Elsa Agélii, Nina Bondeson, Anna Casparsson, Tabea Dürr, Annika Ekdahl, Birgit Engström, Elisabet Eriksson, Mätta Charlotta Fock, Erik Hellsten, Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, Berit Jonsvik, Sten Kauppi, Britta Lincoln, Kerstin Olsson, Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson, Kiwa Saitu, Suzy Strindberg and Riitta Vainionpää.