May 31 - July 17, 2012
The textile paintings in this exhibition were made by Mbuti pygmies of the Ituri rainforest in the Congo. The material, bark cloth, is created by men in the tribe; it is then decorated by women, using a mixture of charcoal and natural pigments. The designs are related to body painting and have traditional symbolic meanings; the textiles themselves are used as garments and objects of trade.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery gratefully acknowledges the help and support of Gebhart Blazek and Berber Arts, Graz/Vienna.