Gunilla Josephson: Momento Vitae

Date: Jun 22 - Oct 6, 1996
Artist: Gunilla Josephson
Curated by: Jennifer Kaye

The title of Gunilla Josephson’s 1996 solo exhibition, Memento Vitae, translates as “reminders of life.” The exhibition is a meditation on memories and rituals connected to domestic Swedish textiles such as blankets and tablecloths. While family heirlooms such as these have both functional and symbolic value, Josephson’s objects are multi-layered with wax and therefore do not share the function of their historical prototypes. Josephson has referred to this separation of form from function as “a liberation of the cloth from itself.”


ESSAY

Memento Vitae, By Jennifer Kaye, 1996