Alexandra Kehayoglou, ‘Perito Moreno’, 2016, Chamber

Glacier is inspired by the Perito Moreno glacier in the Glaciares National Park in the south of Argentina, part of a UNESCO world heritage site and an important center for biodiversity and wilderness. One of the most famous attractions in Patagonia, Perito Moreno is one of the largest fresh-water reservoirs worldwide, but is threatened by rising temperatures and dams planned in the region. As the artist’s other carpet works, Glacier proposes a rethinking and awareness of the natural resources and landscapes that coexist and interact with human activity, specifically that of a melted glacier where water has taken over and not much ice is left.

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About Alexandra Kehayoglou

Kehayoglou crafts wool rugs as unique works of art, with a hand-tufting process that takes several months to complete. Using discarded thread from her family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires, she describes her rugs as portals to memories, with a direct connection to her Greek grandparents’ past weaving of Ottoman-style carpets in Turkey. Whether room-sized, wall-hung, or used to cover furniture, the rugs take their natural subjects from the landscape of her native Argentina—forests, desert islands, Patagonian glaciers, and the pastizales (grasslands) where the sheep from which the wool is sheared also graze. Kehayoglou has collaborated with Olafur Eliasson, and made a carpeted runway for fashion designer Dries Van Noten, whose mossy textures referenced John Everett MillaisOphelia and Éduoard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur L’Herbe.

Argentinian, b. 1982, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina