The Greek word “ιστός” (istos) reveals a division of the world, having different connotations for each gender. It means the loom, the web, the textile on one hand and the mast, the sail of a ship on the other. Female characters in Homeric poems are associated with looms and weaving while male characters are associated with sails and navigation. This variation of linguistic terminology testifies a gender division introducing barriers to each owns space. ‘Iστός’ is related to ‘ιστήμι’, I stand. Working the loom and sailing are likewise interlaced within the plexus of History.
This project was developed and presented at T.A.M.A.T. (Center for Tapestry and Textile Arts of the French Community of Belgium), 2015 – 2016 Winner of the Fellowship and artistic Residency