Goshka Macuga

From Gondwana to Endangered, Who is the Devil Now?

From Gondwana to Endangered, Who is the Devil Now? by Goshka Macuga

Artwork Detail

In recent years Macuga has produced a series of large-scale fine tapestries that function as lightweight and portable public murals made with thread. Macuga’s art practice often makes comment on current concerns and influence public debate. Her point of departure is through extensive and in-depth research. She uses books, films, press cuttings, letters and other archival material, while also selecting pieces from museums and other collections and annotating works by other artists.

This tapestry relates to her research into the environmental effects of the bush fires in Australia and California. It uses a combination of new and old technology to create these 3D effects on looms located in the traditional home of weaving since the Middle Ages in Flanders, Europe. Macuga's compositional technique of collaging together historical photographs and subsequently having the image woven into a unified textile allows her to 'illuminate the elusive relationship between historic documentation and truth'.

From Gondwana to Endangered, Who is the Devil Now?
Goshka Macuga
Production date
woven tapestry (3D), wool, cotton and synthetic fibers
2750 x 4360 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2020
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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