Munira Amin’s work encompasses the idea of fabrics having memories…memories of those who made them and the time, place and cultural context in which they were made. In her practice, long associated with textile and fiber, she uses hand carved wooden blocks for printing, stitch, digital images and screen print.
Bunder Road is a layering of history with the present. On my recent trip to Karachi, Pakistan I photographed parts of the city I grew up in. Now old boarded buildings stand as ghosts, staircases lead to nowhere and roof lines are suspended in remaining plaster, echoes of narratives and allusions to lives once lived. The streets have evolved in to a congested, noisy and chaotic urban landscape. I love the slightly imperfect marks old hand carved wooden blocks print on fabric. I manipulate these impressions, cutting and patching them, breaking up and interrupting patterns, creating something that is both complete and incomplete. I am inspired by the spontaneity and simplicity of Kanhta cloth – humble, everyday cloth stitched together with simple running stitches and layered in no particular order – vintage materials re-purposed back to life. By connecting memories and inspirations, gathering and arranging images on layered sewn cotton surfaces, I have attempted to initiate a discourse for histories that are or have been neglected or forgotten.
Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell Hard Twist 9 Fibre Optics – Textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth. On view August 28 to December 28, 2014 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hotel.