Transbordar: Transgressions of Embroidery in Art was an exhibition that presents an overview of historical and contemporary works of art in Latin America that reflect on the place of embroidery in art history.
Historically, embroidery was an activity much relegated to the condition of a “minor art”, contrary to what happened with painting and sculpture, which were then qualified as “fine arts”. The showcased body of work subverts the perception of embroidery as a “sensitive, delicate, feminine art”, in an attempt to stimulate critical thinking when it comes to genre hierarchies, both social and artistic. The exhibition aimed to discuss the idea of embroidery not as feminine activity but a language that encourages thinking about different types of violence: against the youth population, gender violence, racial violence, asylum violence, fat-shaming — so widespread in contemporary society.
The visual identity intended to present a strong but still delicate arrangement of forms and repetition: typography as in the back and reverse of the embroidery. The main typeface is VOIRby Pompe Hedengren and Göran Söderström, used here with simple interferences that reinforce the idea of threads and ramifications.