Intimate and political – uses of embroidery and textile in contemporary Portuguese art

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This text aims to address the work of Portuguese artists whose use of embroidery and textile confers an experimental dimension to traditional techniques, interrogates established cultural frameworks, and explores intimate autobiographical practices and feminist positions. In some cases, their mastery of technique is undeniable, while others manifest a preference for poetical forms of deskilling or appropriation. The essay not only covers artists drawn from the worlds of painting, sculpture, and jewellery, and who belong to various generations, although they all produce, but also discusses examples in which embroidery is used as a form of homage by those who count themselves as admirers. In this way, we hope to enlarge the geographical and cultural universe typically covered in the literature.
Translated title of the contributionÍntimo e político: usos do bordado e to têxtil na arte contemporânea portuguesa
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-179
Number of pages30
JournalH-ART. Revista de historia, teoría y crítica de arte
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • Portuguese artists
  • Embroidery
  • Contemporary textiles
  • Feminist art
  • Autobiographical practice


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