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Orange phulkari textile displayed on the wall


Cotsen Studio Residency




In anticipation of the launch of the Cotsen Studio residency, we have on display a selection of works by Ghiora Aharoni (b. 1969, Rehovot, Israel) in dialogue with historical objects from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection. An internationally recognized artist who lives and works in New York, Aharoni will be researching the collection to inspire new work.


About the Display

Ghiora Aharoni is New York based artist whose works are in major international collections – including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Aharoni’s artworks explore intercultural coexistence and connectivity, religion and gender via text, material culture and assemblage. 

This display features a series of Punjabi phulkari shawls embroidered with drawings and text, as well as an assemblage sculpture, Thank God for Making Me a Woman, III, which has been embroidered by male Muslim artisans in India with text from the artist. These new works are displayed alongside a selection of historical fragments from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection. The juxtaposition considers the narrative, material and metaphorical relationships between textiles and text.