Archipelago is a residency program for emerging artists, designed in collaboration with four art schools for amateur practice and preparation for art training in the Hauts-de-France. Between 2018 and 2020, Néféli Papadimouli, an artist currently in residency at the Cité internationale des arts, was one of the four artists hosted in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Lille and Denain for three-month periods.
The exhibition Archipelago - Four residencies, a thousand experiences presented at the Frac Grand Large shows the results of this residency program.
Textiles have been a form of expression for art since ancient times. Many iconic works in the history of art use this material as a privileged medium. Among the most famous works, we can mention the famous Bayeux Tapestry (between 1066 and 1082) or the series of tapestries known as The Lady and the Unicorn (between 1484 and 1538). The relationship between art and craft is totally intertwined here, and often requires a lot of time in the workshop. Modern and contemporary art have never stopped exploring the textile as a subject or medium for creation.
Néféli Papadimouli's work further opens up the potential of textiles in art, with the creation of pieces/prostheses that go beyond the sole field of weaving or embroidery. At once a sculpture, a wearable piece and an accessory for a performance, Néféli Papadimouli's work blurs the boundaries by being at the center of the creative process, but also a complementary element of the performances filmed by the artist.
Néféli Papadimouli (Greece) is recipient of the Cité internationale des arts Visual Arts Committees.