Points of Juncture
A Stunning New Publication by Cos Ahmet
Published by Forty Hall Estate, London
Following my one-man exhibition at Forty Hall Estate in 2017, I have been working closely with Forty Hall Estate and designers Gale + Hayes, on my long awaited publication 'Points of Juncture'. This stunning new publication celebrates the exhibition's connections with the artist, the works that inhabited Forty Hall, and the legacy left behind by its former owner and creator Sir Nicholas Rainton.
To compliment the installation views taken during the exhibition (photography, Yeshen Venema), this book contains texts and essays written by Hatice Abdullah (Forty Hall Manager), Liz Cooper (Curator), and Cos Ahmet (the artist). This project, exhibition and publication would not have been possible without the generous support of Arts Council England.
'Points of Juncture' was launched on 25 July at Forty Hall, marking almost a year since the exhibition was held, bringing the project full circle.
Background to the exhibition
‘Points of Juncture’ comprises recent works, and specially commissioned pieces that draw inspiration from Forty Hall’s textile history. The title ‘Points of Juncture’ stands for the thread of ideas and the connections of the works that are presented in this exhibition. They look at self and identity, linking both the artist's work, with the ‘material identity’ of Forty Hall – a place built upon a textile legacy, by its former owner, Sir Nicholas Rainton who traded textiles across Europe.
‘Building a Legacy’ (2017) makes particular reference to Rainton’s role as a mercer, through a series of casts of hands upon which spools or pirns of yarns rest. These casts symbolise the hands in various ways: the hands that make the cloth (the weaver) and the hands of the creator; they also allude to the ships that imported the fabrics (the mercer), whilst the spools and the threads attached to them, suggest the weaving process, and the ‘boat shuttles’ used on the looms to produce the cloth.
“My starting point for the new works was inspired by and references Forty Hall’s very existence – a place built upon a textile legacy. What emerged for me was a certain dialogue, a notion that the fabric, had become the Hall’s symbol, forging itself a ‘material identity’, and presenting its own metaphor, which draws parallels with how I see the processes in my own work and practice, creating a new discourse where these two identities meet.“- Cos Ahmet
Points of Juncture: An Exhibition by Cos Ahmet
Published by Forty Hall Estate, 2018
Design by Gale + Hayes, London
Photography: Yeshen Venema
Printed by Ex Why Zed
A full catalogue record of this publication is available from the British Library.
Points of Juncture, project, exhibition and publication was commissioned by Forty Hall Estate and supported by Arts Council England