Silät. The Message of Thañí’s Working Women.
María Carri, Thañí, Andrei Fernández, Demóstenes Toribio García

The exhibition Silät presents a selection of textiles produced by Thañí—an organization of Indigenous women weavers of the Wichí people from the communities of Santa Victoria Este, in the province of Salta, in Argentina. Standing as a form of collective memory, Thañí’s work emphasizes the inextricable connection between Wichís and their surrounding world and highlights how this worldview frames their sovereignty and their historical claims for their territory.

Not as an accompaniment but as an inextricable part of the exhibition, this publication contextualises the work of the weavers through their own words. The oral testimonies of the women of Thañí present in the publication narrate not only the process of their craft but also their mobilisation as a collective and their newfound insertion into the western art world. An essay by Andrei Fernández, a story by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara and a testimony by Elerio María further deepen the understanding of the exhibited textiles and of the circumstances and people that created them.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Silät, on view at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Curated by María Carri in collaboration with Thañi, Andrei Fernández, and Demóstenes Toribio García as part of the requirements for the master of arts degree at Bard College.

Edited by María Carri
With texts from Delfina Díaz, Andrei Fernández, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Elerio María, Luisa Juárez, and with oral testimonies of women from the Chowhay/Alto La Sierra community, La Puntana community and La Nueva Curvita community.

Designed by Stoodio Santiago da Silva with Ana Cecilia Breña, Otso Peräsaari
Typeface by Stoodio Santiago da Silva and Moritz Appich
Language: Wichí, Spanish, English
20 × 25 cm
160 pp.
Published by the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
ISBN 979-8-218-16056-2
Printed by Akian, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Book photographs by Trevor Lloyd