Lyubov Matyunina’s ‘Carpetologia’ is based on her artistic study of the history and understanding of carpets through different philosophical movements and anthropological notions. It is inspired by the idea of ‘heterotopia’, as expressed in Michel Foucault’s 1967 lecture "On the other spaces". Heterotopia is a term for places and spaces of otherness, which are simultaneously physical and mental, real places as well as mythical places. Carpets represent heterotopia in unique manners because they encompass both physical and sacral representation. Lyubov Matyunina draws inspiration from the metaphorical understanding of the carpet, as a representation of life, where the various strands that work out the pattern are human life events and choices.
Historically, carpets are contained information fields, in which the encoded form carries ideas about the world and the cultural traditions of people from different historical epochs. They can be perceived as a message or a map, where you can transfer several meanings: political, historical and sacral. Every choice becomes a visual language woven into place through patterns, threads, dyes and the process of weaving. ‘Carpetologia’ is an invitation into entering a space as a sacred system, constructed through various media and messages.
During the journey through Armenia, Lyubov learned a lot about the rugs and carpet making technics as well as tradition and philosophy behind it. Connection between Nature and Architecture and their influence on the rugs patterns together with her carpet research find it’s way in her video installation.

Film-carpet produced with support
Mondriaan Fonds and Wilhelmina E. Jansen Fonds

Amsterdam 2018