The driving force behind CULTEX lies in the dynamic inter-relationship between different cultures, histories and identities. Japan and Norway have both an important historic and a growing contemporary relationship, established initially through trade and developed through cultural exchange. Textile artists from Japan and Norway will, in the exhibition project CULTEX, explore and strengthen knowledge about their respective textile cultural inheritance. The objective is to develop a unique exhibition of new work and at the same time reinforce strengthen the ties between two geographically distanced countries with deep textile traditions. CULTEX aims to bring the cultures and craft traditions of the two countries together to create a new and common ”language”, where textile techniques and media are cross-cultural communication tools.
The exhibition “Invaders” was shown from August to September 2003. The gallery is an old vicarage converted into an art centre in stunning and raw natural surroundings near Stavanger on the south west coast of Norway.
“Invaders” was first shown at Maidstone Library Gallery, England in 2001, and in an extended version at Hå Gamle Prestegård in 2003.