Brazil / France

APARA brings together artists and weavers. A play on the French word “apparat”, referring to ceremonial adornment — that extra sparkle, whether literal or metaphorical — a par a commissions and produces one-of-a-kind editions of handwoven tapestries.

Based between France and Brazil, APARA bridges the gap between art and craft, folk traditions and today’s trends.

In her seminal book On Weaving (1965), Anni Albers wrote: “Along with cave paintings, threads were among the earliest transmitters of meaning”. As a strong believer that tapestry is a vehicle of thought, a memory keeper, a living heritage, APARA both tells and continues the story of gesture, inviting artists to cross the borders: while meeting other cultures and know-hows, they venture outside their familiar territories and usual fields of expression.