Basketry: Making Human Nature accompanies the exhibition of the same name and is, above all else, a celebration of human ingenuity.
The overall aim is a wide-ranging exploration of the place of basketry in culture, involving artists and makers, curators, art historians, archaeologists and anthropologists.
Basketry has been and is fundamental to the success of our species in colonising and thriving in a wide range of environments and in structuring our thought process.
It has helped to establish the ways in which we live in the world and contributed to our sense of order and relationships. In other words, basketry has played a critical role in making human nature.
The exhibition and the essays in the catalogue exemplify some of the many ways of thinking about the subject.
The project has been an interdisciplinary collaboration between the units and institutes within the Sainsbury Institute for Art (SIFA).