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Texture Museum

Ntiense Eno Amooquaye: 1000 Patronen

2017

A group exhibition featuring the work of Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, alongside works by an international group of artists including Louise Bourgeois, Kimsooja, Emmanuella Flandre and Morton Feldman shown at the Texture Museum, Kortrijk, whose collections explore the heritage of the flax, lace and linen industry.

For 1000 Patronen, Ntiense was invited by curators ‘Wit.h’ to exhibit hand screen printed works on linen and a printed silk dress. These works created the setting for her performance of a newly published collection of ‘Dress Poems’. Her poem ‘The Model’ addresses the image of the fashion model, ‘Standing on the stage/ She is Juliet/ Reading her own script.’ The second poem ‘Flax like an Ocean’ explores themes from Ntiense’s wide reading about the history of linen and lace production and also the shared history of Europe, in particular the figure of Matilda of Flanders who became Queen of England in 1051.

Ntiense Eno Amooquaye was awarded an Artists International Development Fund grant by Arts Council England and the British Council to support the research and development of a new body of visual artwork and live performance informed by her experience and responses to the site of the Texture Museum (originally Flax Museum) in Kortrijk, Flanders.

Her time spent in Belgium responds to the context and history of the flax industry, lace and linen production to inform new and future work.