Circulars art

Year: 2019

Medium: archival pigment print hand woven with wax print fabric

Size: 90 x 60 in.

Purchased with funds provided by the Acquisition Trust, 2020.11

"Unidentified 105a" from the series "Interwoven"

Kyle Meyer

Part of the Recent Acquisition Highlights

Unidentified 105a, 2019. kmey.20753, approx. 90 x 60 inches (mid)

Meyer creates intimate portraits of gay men wearing a head wrap, traditionally worn by women, using a vibrantly colored textile that they chose. Each piece from the “Interwoven” series is labor-intensive, taking days or sometimes weeks to complete.

After learning to weave in Swazi factories, Meyer wove the fabric from the headwraps through each printed face, bringing the DNA, sweat, hair of the sitters into the portraits. After producing a large-scale print of the portrait, Meyer hand-shreds strips of the photograph together with the fabric from the head wrap, interweaving the strips into a complexly patterned, three-dimensional unique work. With the final portrait, Meyer presents each man’s individuality and beauty while using the fabric as a screen to protect his identity.

About Kyle Meyer

Kyle Meyer creates visually striking and intricate artworks. As a gay American photographer, Meyer shot his current series, titled “Interwoven,” in eSwatini, where a third of the population is HIV positive and homosexuality is illegal. Portraits from this series reflect an interest in infusing digital photography with traditional Swazi crafts and in giving voice to silenced members of the LGBTQ+ community. Meyer creates intimate portraits of gay men wearing a head wrap, traditionally worn by women, using a vibrantly colored textile that they chose. Each piece from the “Interwoven” series is labor-intensive, taking days or sometimes weeks to complete.

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