FOR-SITE Foundation presents Sanctuary — featuring contemporary rugs which resemble prayer rugs, but transcend religious connotations — in cooperation with Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC). Installed in FMCAC’s historic Chapel, the rugs by 36 artists from 21 countries feature FOR-SITE’s mission of art about place through highlighting the need for refuge, protection, and sacred ground. Each contemporary rug will feature the artists’ diverse backgrounds of ideologies and belief system, while unifying them through the same medium: four-by-six-foot wool rugs woven in Lahore, Pakistan, using traditional materials and hand-knotting techniques.
Visitors to the exhibit are encourage to remove their shoes before entering the Chapel space; the rugs can be experienced by touch as well as sight.
Image courtesy of the artist: Detail of rug design by Tammam Azzam for “Sanctuary” (October 7, 2017-March 11, 2018; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)