By Javiera Arenas
The Chilean exhibition “From the Image to the Threads” soon to come to the Port Washington Public Library is an artisan project years in the making that explores the history of petroglyphs (rock art) in the archaic era of Putaendo, Chile. Chilean artists Viviana Trigo of Viña del Mar, Enedita Roman of Pumanque, and Vicky Martinez of Santiago, make up Grupo Trinacria, or the Trinacria Group, that formed in Casa Taller Recreo, Viña del Mar, Chile in 2017.
Their artistic message is to dedicate themselves to the cultural history of the environment through textile techniques in order to strengthen their identity as artists. Drawing inspiration from the different petroglyphs, their textile pieces reflect these mysterious geometries based on their impressions and intuition from their trip to Putaendo.
The message that Grupo Trinacria wishes to convey to its viewers is, “[have] knowledge, value, respect, and care for [their] heritage.” Through the means of research, education and interpretation, they wish to preserve this cultural aspect of Chile as the phenomena of globalization occurs.
Their exhibition “From the Images to the Threads,” featuring textiles as well as photographs by Guido Olivares, will be on display in the Community Gallery on the second floor at the Port Washington Public Library from Sept. 8 through 19. There will be an opening ceremony on Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. as well as workshops on Sept. 12 and 13, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required for the workshops. Contact Javiera Arenas at 516-883-4400, ext. 149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This exhibition has been made possible by the management of Carlos González, president of the Chile North American Sports, Cultural Committee of New York, and the Chilean Charities of America Group.