Chloe will exhibit "Je Tisse Mon Histoire" at Washington National Cathedral. Based on the double meaning of the French word for “story” and “history,” Je Tisse Mon Histoire is the outcome of a weaving performance that points to the inheritance of trauma housed in the body. The artist unwinds the slang words for “Jew” and “Arab” embroidered on her back into a backsrap loom weaving attached to her waist, her body acting as a processing tool where past disappears into present, violence dissolves into care.
Her second piece, "Veste Quae Ex Dobus Texta Est, Non Indueris", is a woven installation piece made from menswear shirts, inspired by the origins of Holocaust prisoner uniforms. The title points to a verse in the old testament that forbids mixing materials, translated to "mixing colors" in the 10th century and assigned to undesirable members of society. (viewable at Union Market)
Join Chloe at the French Embassy on Thursday, June 21st at 9:00 am for an artist talk and pop-up installation titled "#Softpower: the legacy of textile as artistic intervention". (RSVP required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/softpower-textile-interventions-tickets-464...)
About Chloe: Chloe Bensahel blends traditional craft and multimedia to create large-scale installations and performances highlighting how material traditions create a collective culture. Born into a Jewish-Moroccan family in France and later a French immigrant in the U.S., Bensahel’s work is inseparable from her own cultural narrative. Impacted by her own experience of being culturally mixed, Bensahel observes the historical and contextual stories linked to materials, and builds them into layers of meaning, with every stitch and thread acting as text. Trained in textiles at Parsons the New School for Design, Bensahel has also worked for artists Sheila Hicks and Jun Tomita, and was recently awarded a residency at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in Melbourne.
Chloe Bensahel is a Halcyon Arts Lab fellow. For more information about Halcyon Arts Lab, click here.
Thank you to Maison Kayser for sponsoring breakfast on behalf of Chloe's talk at the French Embassy!