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Tanja Boukal: Knitting and Embroidery Goes Rogue

  • Dates May 25, 2019 - August 24, 2019 (Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm; Saturday: 12pm-4pm
  • Admission Free
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  • Location Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
  • Address 150 W University Blvd Melbourne, FL 32901
  • Phone (321) 674-6129
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In conjunction with the art quilt exhibition Forced to Flee, the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Tech presents over seventy-five embroideries and stitched works by Austrian artist and activist Tanja Boukal. Boukal’s art examines socio-political themes, often exposing the challenges of marginalized people in the midst of difficult situations. The artist states, “My starting point is human dignity. I often place extraordinary people at the center of my works. I do not want to depict them as individual characters, but rather as representatives of people, who are willing to walk long distances to achieve their goals. I give ‘curtain calls’ to people who usually stay out of sight.”

 In the Unfinished Series, Boukal examines the development of the Egyptian revolution. Beginning with the “Day of Revolt” on January 25, 2011, this revolution represents one of the most important movements of the “Arabic spring.” The work is centered on the role of women in Egypt’s revolution. Through handcrafted and vivid embroideries on canvas, the artist explores women’s rights, sexual violence, and public space. Boukal transcribes the photographic originals using a technique based on the satin stitch technique. By visually highlighting particular women, she emphasizes their important role in Egypt’s progress toward a democracy – a process which is far from over.

In addition, the Center will feature several works from the Those in Darkness Drop from Sight Series.  These compositions - crafted through the intricate technique of illusion or “shadow” knitting - feature notorious women from around the world who play an active role in armed conflicts. The artist examines their representations in society as fighters, heroes, victims and villains.


Hours & Admission
Tuesday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Admission is free

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