Alighiero e Boetti (‘Alighiero and Boetti’), the conceptual artist — not one man, but two.
Boetti’s multicolored embroidery known as ‘Arazzi’ are his best series. These are mosaic-like grids of individual letters, which combine into words and phrases that the viewer must decipher (by reading, from top to bottom, left column to right). Each letter serves as an autonomous form — and by breaking text down into its constituent parts, Boetti exposes language as a sophisticated but ultimately artificial arrangement of forms.
For his ‘Arazzi’, ‘Mappe’ and other tapestry series, Boetti employed local Afghan weavers, following the footsteps of his mysterious ancestors.