The 16 ways

Anila Rubiku, 16 Ways, 2007, cm. 18x18x18, Embroidery on paper, linen, silk thread, installation view © Copyright 2020

24.02.09 – 29.03.09
Dritto Rovescio, Triennale Museum, Milan, Italy.
Curated by do-knit-yourself.

The weaving of the fabric is the metaphor to express relations in narrative art, music, logic, society, science and to show the relationship between them. performance, photographs, installations, videos and objects from around 50 artists and designers.

Work on the installation The 16 ways began in September 2007, when Anila Rubiku was invited to the JCVA residency program in Israel. The work is based on Pietro Aretino’s almost forgotten, erotic manuscript from the Italian Renaissance I Modi.  The book ignited Rubiko’s imagination when she was first exposed to it in a private collection in Venice.

As in previous projects, here too the artist was matched with a group of embroiderers, in this case Ethiopian women who have a long and rich tradition of extremely colorful work. In a complex and fascinating process, the 16 erotic positions were stitched by the religious women, whose responses to the material were quite strong. Subsequently the work was folded into a three dimensional illuminated fold-up and exhibited in the Braverman Gallery in Tel Aviv.  The embroidery appeared enclosed in a box, where the viewers could discover the hidden erotic content. Anila extravagantly juxtaposes the most intimate material with the most public, and generates motion and openness in the very site of introverted traditionality.