MADRID 2019

“Sustainable city”

About the 8th BiennialSustainable city

For the year 2019 the organization will celebrate the jump to Europe, Spain (Madrid) to host the 8th International Biennial of contemporary textile art WTA, It will take place from September 17 to November 3, 2019.

The World Textile Art Organization–WTA was created in 1997 by Colombian textile artist Pilar Tobón, and its headquarters are in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. Seven biennials have taken place to date: two in the United States, one in Venezuela, one in Costa Rica, one in Argentina, one in Mexico and one in Uruguay . The Biennial goals are to:

  • Strengthen, encourage, and promote artistic manifestation of contemporary textiles at local, national, and international levels.
  • Provide an experiential event —one of a kind in the Americas— bringing together creators and their artworks of textile art with the  public at-large.
  • Create a sensitive audience toward this cultural and artistic manifestation.
  • Strengthen solidarity ties among artists from all over the world and the local public.

8th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art WTA Sustainable city puts the focus on those artists who choose to express themselves through fibers and wefts, resignifying with their work the very concept of “textile art”, to limit it and make it explode in its multiple connotations of meaning.

Crossing borders and combining disciplines, the participating artists of the 8th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art WTA, start from the fibers to merge with new technologies and venture into different lines of research, hybridizing searches and questioning categories, but keeping the textile as an integrating concept. Using as main theme the concept “Sustainable City”.

Panoramic of the exhibition of invited Artists in the MAV, VII Bienal Uruguay
Panoramic of the exhibition of invited Artists in the MAV, VII Bienal Uruguay

The 8th WTA Biennial will have as a convener theme the concept “Sustainable City”, since artists will have the freedom to approach works of contemporary textile art on a wide variety of options.The Sustainable City is one that is built according to ecological principles, educators and equality.

Is one that knows how to manage natural resources in a balanced manner by self-supplying energy with the use of renewable energies, takes advantage of waste, converting them into new raw materials, takes into account the correct care of green spaces, regenerating and preserving
the natural spaces of its parks, fosters urban gardens, taking care and preserving its rivers.

The “Sustainable City” also manages the good use of natural resources: water, electricity, or transportation. It creates spaces for leisure and the integrating culture of its inhabitants by offering social guarantees.

6th Biennial WTA, Aire de México (Jardín de la Universidad Xalapa)
6th Biennial WTA, Aire de México (Jardín de la Universidad Xalapa)
7th Biennial WTA de Uruguay ( Museo de Artes Visuales MAV)
7th Biennial WTA de Uruguay ( Museo de Artes Visuales MAV)

In all this order of things, textile artists can contribute and make use of the textile as an integrating element, facilitating in many cases these principles as a traditional and innovative element and on the other hand, they will be able to develop the work with a great diversity of forms, techniques and materials.

The 8th International Biennial of Contemporary textile art WTA will be organized by the World Textile Art Organization (WTA), together with the association ID Arte, Innovation and art Development. www-idarte.org

The Directorate-General will be in charge of Maria Ortega and her Executive Director by Amalia Campos.

In the framework of the VIII Biennial, a cultural meeting will be offered, which includes workshops, specialized conferences, artists ‘ meetings, parallel exhibitions, guided tours and cultural touristic tours.

The Cultural program will be held in the week of September 17th to September 22nd.