On show now until mid-September: three quilts by Tomas Baker Feijo. Two are on display in the back of the cafe, one is in our entrance hallway. Baker Feijo is a visual artist, currently working on quilting and photography. What is being shown is a series of quilts that depict a journey with a group of Graffiti writers through an underground subway storage facility, a world beneath the surface of any modern city. Each smaller quilt depicts a descent into the lower levels of the underground, starting from the surface of the visible world, which is collaged into a bigger quilt of various over and underground scenes.
Tomas Baker Feijo
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, has lived between Portugal, California and the Netherlands. Through these embossed quilts, Tomas hoped he could shed light on the softness of such a rugged, discarded world. Quilting and Graffiti are quite similar as vessels aiming to debunk social constructs burdening specific groups of people. They have been, and still are, used as tools to stand up in solidarity for the dispossessed by means of application, layering and craft. Quilting, like graffiti writing, has a charged history of production against the grain of the culture in which it was created. Both code a refracted, silenced speech. In its lengthy history of production, the anonymous women who, singly and communally, stitched their quilts, voiced their absence from public discourse and the political domain; the anonymous graffiti writers who write their mostly non-significant, quasi-words give expression to the burden of a socially enforced silence and a peripheral existence.