Slofemitsts will be embroidering at the Yukon Studio next Saturday. We've invited Elisa Ferrari to talk about her experience embroidering a Boetti panel. Bring your own feminist story... and come ready to embroider!
16 DICEMBRE 2040–11 LUGLIO 2023 (December 16, 2040–July 11, 2023). 1971
Embroidery on fabric. Each: 23 5/8 x 23 5/8" (60 x 60 cm). Private collection, Houston. © 2012 Estate of Alighiero Boetti/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome
These embroidered squares were the first works Boetti had fabricated in Kabul, on his initial visit to Afghanistan. He supplied the dates to hired embroiderers without further direction, and he was pleasantly surprised when the texts came back surrounded by ornate borders. Boetti was interested in the idea that an artwork might be produced by different parties without collaboration or discussion—a form of authorship that is split rather than shared. The dates had superstitious connotations for Boetti: December 16, 2040, will be the hundredth anniversary of his birth; July 11, 2023, is the date he predicted for his death.