This collaboration began with the feminist group UNL Womanhouse (2011-2012) in Lincoln, which both Camille Hawbaker and Victoria Hoyt were members. The group’s exhibition The House That Feminism Built (Parallax Space, Lincoln, NE, 2012) invited community members to sew a house out of used, red-hued clothing. In addition to the ongoing creation of the fabric house, they also used it as a gathering space for performances, discussions and various gatherings.
Taking this idea in reverse, the 6-week exhibition Woven: grounding feminist thoughts and practices in Omaha will begin with the completed house structure, which will again be transformed by taking down the fabric and weaving it into a giant rug. By inviting deconstruction of what was built by a largely academic and white group of feminists, the artists hope to examine race, privilege, and power in deeper, more personal ways.