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Boucherouite and Aboriginal painting -Utopia. For someone my next exposition for the next Salone del Mobile could sound strange and hard but the similarities between the Boucherouite and Aboriginal painting are truly amazing. Primitive and modern, rich in color and strength, recent but deeply rooted in tradition, manly produced by women. These are the elements that distinguish these two worlds so far away but also so incredibly close and that will make you fall in love.

04/09/2014 - 05/10/2014

The name of Boucherouite comes from the word Arabic / Moroccan that identifies clothes torn and reused. The Boucherouites are made by Berber women for domestic purposes and are made ​​of humble rags; they do not have anything modest or poor. Featuring bright colors and a variety of forms, most often they seem paintings rather than objects on which to walk. Recently the style of these rugs has developed due to socio-economic changes that have hit the country and impacted severely on sheep farming and wool production. With the scarcity of natural materials, Berber weavers have therefore had to rethink their craft. This has meant, among other things, the construction of carpets with inserts of recycled materials and synthetic fibers such as nylon or Lurex and with materials such as plastic bags or packaging materials. And it is also at the end of the last century when was born Aboriginal painting, first with the transposition on the wall of the incredible designs that women performed on the sand or on their bodies during tribal ceremonies, and later with the creation of paintings on canvas. The paintings depict sacred ancestral designs, topographies mythical and dreamlike using natural colors that were used in traditional painting. However, it is only in 1978 that in Utopia, a town in the central desert of Australia, women began to make batik paintings to earn. Ten years later they started to make small paintings with acrylic paint with a stretch even more distinctive, with intricate multicolored designs, with the famous spotting and chromatic abstractions and with extraordinary colorful and interesting optical effects that are very reminiscent of the contemporary Western art.

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