Carpet Pages II: Roots

7 Oct 2019 – 19 Oct 2019

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11:00 – 18:00
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The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park

London, United Kingdom


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Carpet Pages II: Roots showcases 35 talented artists who are all adepts in their chosen medium to form a 'carpet landscape' of exciting work ranging from paintings to textiles, geometry to figuration, giant sculptural pieces to tiny miniatures and traditional to contemporary art.


7.10.19 - 19.10.19 | Private View Opening Night 10.10.19 6-9pm The Art Pavilion Mile End, Clinton Road, Bow, London E3 4QY | Gallery open 11-6 daily during exhibition | www.vaishaliprazmari.co.uk/carpetpagescycle

Carpet Pages II: Roots is the second in a series of group shows presented by artist and curator Vaishali Prazmari. The dazzling title pages of both Islamic and Medieval European manuscript books were called Carpet Pages in reference to their intricate rug-like patterns. These exquisitely detailed and highly ornamented and illuminated surfaces were covered in arabesques and geometric patterns and often included the use of gold and jewel-like, precious pigments. As book pages are sequential, so future shows will build on this second chapter. The curator's love of carpets also reflects the wider goal of this show sequence which is to bring together diverse artists with similar interests into a whole; to unite disparate elements into a unified pattern, which is one of the goals of rug-making itself. Carpets are visual feasts for the eye and this second iteration in the Carpet Pages cycle promises the same. The talented artists in this exhibition are all adepts in their chosen medium and their exciting work ranges from paintings to textiles, geometry to figuration, giant sculptural pieces to tiny miniatures  and traditional to contemporary art.

This exhibition focuses on the motif of roots, which contains a multiplicity of ideas –  the physical structure of plant roots; the natural pigments and dyes made from roots used in carpet weaving; the metaphorical nature of ancestral roots; roots that link to a homeland; feeling rooted in the earth or in a place, space or time. They can be etymological. They can be a process. Roots can be the basic cause, origin or source of something; they can be its seed, germ or beginning; they can be its heart, foundation or essence. They can be hierarchical or rhizomatic. In a Deleuzian rhizome-like pattern, the centre is everywhere. The connections between branching root structures can be thought of as nodes, which leads to non-binary, multidimensional thinking; this interconnectedness has no privileged viewpoint and invites multiple perspectives and interpretations which in turn is reflected in the spontaneous and surprising connections between the various pieces in the show.


Vaishali Prazmari

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Laila Tara H

Sarah Tew

Sarah Tew

Balal Aquil

Clare Dudeney

Kim Chan

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh

Esra Alhamal

Juliette Losq

Amaan Khalid Aslam

Fatima Azzahrae Chaabani

Mahrukh Bashir

Lucie Rose Galvani

Isra Butt

Di Wu

Red Gibbons-Lejeune

Jeea Mirza

Adam Williamson

Rosie Piontek

Matt Siwerski

Dea Lopes

Esmeralda Valencia Lindstrom

Maria Hogbacke

Vaishali Prazmari

Jumpei Kinoshita

Amber Khokhar

Shaheen Kasmani

Erica Vaz

Natasha Mann

Aline Marion

Olga Lobanova

Jia Niu

Shorsh Saleh

Yasmin Hayat Maksousa

Veeda Ahmed


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