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Pennina Barnett

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Pennina Barnett writes about contemporary visual culture, with a focus on textiles. She is Founding Co-Editor of the journal Textile, Cloth and Culture (Taylor & Francis, UK). Barnett was formerly Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, where she taught in undergraduate Fine Art and Textiles and was responsible for the Critical Studies component of the BA Textiles (1989–2011). Her (co)curatorial projects include: “Craft Matters: 3 attitudes to contemporary craft,” John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton, 1985; “The Subversive Stitch: Women and Textiles Today,” Cornerhouse, Manchester, 1988; “Under Construction,” Crafts Council, London, 1996; and “Textures of Memory: the poetics of cloth,” Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery, London/Angel Row, Nottingham, 1999, all of which were UK touring exhibitions; and the international symposium “The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth,” V&A, London, 2013. She has published widely on the work of artist Chohreh Feyzdjou, and her recent work focuses on cloth, memory, loss and repair. Barnett lives and works in London.