Over and Under

What is knitting really about? I wanted to get inside and really feel it. I wanted to know what it means to “go through the loop”. I had a wild fantasy about two bodies turning into a pair of knitting needles, coming together and going apart, working a giant ball of wool into a delicate […]

Reaching Out / Handreiking

Participatory performance at Craft in Focus (Ambacht in Beeld) FestivalDe Hallen, Amsterdam, September 23-24, 2017 Ik wil het tempo vertragen. Ik wil de tijd nemen om te kijken hoe iets wordt gemaakt. Ik wil het materiaal met mijn handen aanraken, het beroeren, me bewust worden van mijn tactiele zintuigen. Ik wil voelen dat ik er […]

Alya Hessy - Handreiking - 2017


THREAD was presented during the spring edition of the 2017 Textile Symposium by Textielcommissie Nederland. During the intense 10 minutes a story unfolds in the language of body, textiles and music. First there was a dot The dot continued into a line The line became a thread — an offer of possibilities The thread was wound […]

Alya Hessy - Thread - 2017

One – Two – Three

This project was a collaboration with a choreographer Son of Mom, who created a performance he called W3. SonOfMom reflects about the W3 as “a choreographic gesture which problematizes the current state of European democratic affairs and identity whilst projecting on archetypal constructs of a woman through the exposure of three artists; a Mother, a Goddess […]

Red Thread

Durational performance In other performances, Hessy has also knit with her own body, slipping thick red thread from one arm to the other to create long chains of knit that draw a dynamic line down multistory walls in various museum settings. The artist carries her giant cache of yarn in an oversized bag around her […]

Alya Hessy, Van Abbemuseum, 2016

Enacted Magazine

The starting point of the project was an article about a Russian poet Joseph Brodsky in the American Vogue 1973. It was just a year after he had been expelled from the USSR. From Exile to Vogue A Russian poet Joseph Brodsky appears in the American Vogue in 1973 a year after being sent into […]

Alya Hessy - Enacted Magazine - 2012