Alexandra Kehayoglou

(Argentina, 1981)

  • Alexandra Kehayoglou, "Prayer Rug", 2018. Håndtuftet ull, 125 x 90 cm. Photo: Courtesy of Alexandra Kehayoglou studio (Foto/Photo)
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    Alexandra Kehayoglou, "Prayer Rug", 2018. Håndtuftet ull, 125 x 90 cm. Photo: Courtesy of Alexandra Kehayoglou studio

Alexandra Kehayoglou who works primarily with textile materials. She creates her pieces in her studio in Buenos Aires, utilizing a wide array of technical skills with which she produces works combining textiles, sculpture and installation. She is primarily interested in production processes bringing together art and craft, and develops functional works as complete works of art, in which knowledge of the materials, the technique, and spectator are inseparably intertwined.

The pieces are made with surplus materials from the Kehayoglou family factory, which has been manufacturing industrial carpets and rugs for more than sixty years. The weaving is done by machine (handtuft pistol), that the artist manipulates upon vertical frames, in order to weave, stitch by stitch, the final work. The production process is arduous and long, requiring much physical effort and a very precise technique.

Kehayoglou’s repertoire includes memories of various native landscapes that the artist has visited and desires to preserve over time. Her renowned pastizales (grasslands), fields, and shelter tapestries are like sublime realities which the viewer can contemplate or utilize.

Alexandra Kehayoglou presents the series Prayer Rugs (2018-19) in the Hannah Ryggen Triennial, which consits of eight smaller and one larger rug, the latter produced especially for the triennial.

  • Alexandra Kehayoglou. Photo: Courtesy of Alexandra Kehayoglou studio (Foto/Photo)
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    Alexandra Kehayoglou. Photo: Courtesy of Alexandra Kehayoglou studio