Drop Sari by Liz Rideal

While we were in Manchester on Tuesday we called into the Whitworth Gallery. I wanted to have another look at the two exhibitions The Devil’s Wall and Cotton – Golden Threads, both of which finish this weekend, so it was the last chance to see them.

One of the exhibits in the Cotton exhibition that I particularly liked was a video installation by Liz Rideal. A series of images of fabrics, India and textile production processes were projected onto four white saris hanging from the ceiling and gently wafting in a breeze created by a fan. I thought it was very effective.

The video was flanked by two other works by the artist – Ghost Sari i and ii, monotype prints of of crumpled saris printed on Japanese paper from and a display of vintage sample books featuring Indian fabrics – some of which are actually featured in the Drop Sari film.

There’s an interview with the artist here

Another version of the work, Light Curtain, was also projected on the outside of the gallery during the night. Unfortunately I never got the chance to see this.

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