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GW Museum & Textile Museum Contemporary Voices: Guillermo Bert
February 20, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Guillermo Bert was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1959. His bi-cultural experience provides him with a lived perspective from which his artistic expression is cultivated. Bert combines his decades-long practice of working with cultural symbols of urbanism, consumerism and displacement.
In this talk, Bert will focus on recent artistic projects, including his Encoded Textiles series. Working with traditional weavers, he creates QR codes woven into textile designs. These “high tech” codes, when scanned with a smartphone, take the viewer into a filmic world of story, myth and reflection by indigenous elders, activists and poets. Collaborating with Mapuche, Navajo, Maya, Mixtec and Zapotec weavers, he has done more than 40 embedded documentary films that “de-code” cultural messaging and create a bond between the distant viewer and the intimacy of the community of indigenous artists and storytellers.