May 9th - May 30th 2021
San Giovanni delle Scalze Church
The exhibition brings together, for the first time in an individual form (after a first meeting at Académie de France à Rome, Villa Medici in 2019, on the occasion of the collective exhibition #VillaMedicimylove) two different interpreters for history and culture, associated through a common sensibility towards the themes of time and materials.
This orientation is expressed by each of them, in their own way, influenced by their personal and professional experience, but capable of presenting unexpected, sometimes surprising, points of convergence.
In fact, if Mateusz Choróbski reflects upon these themes through a varied set of expressive methods (sculptures, installations, videos, performances…) Namsal Siedlecki relies mainly on a plastic language.
The exhibition is conceived as a sort of virtual conversation on shared themes (though analysed from different points of view) between Choróbski and Siedlecki, in particular the sacred subject, a personal viewpoint, often in relation to historical and social issues.
This dialogue, taking the form of a single, large installation realized for the baroque space of the San Giuseppe delle Scalze Church, designed by Cosimo Fanzago, in the XVII century.
Choróbski (his personal debut in an Italian Institution took place in 2009 at Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio | La Fondazione, in Rome) give his personal view of Baroque poetics, merging the theme of light (as evidenced by the several lights site specific works that the artist made by recomposing and revitilazing disused electrical equipment) and the theme of sculpture (the example is 1056.24/2, 2019-21, a sculpture made with Polish groszy superimposed that represented the twisted colums realized by Bernini). On the other hand, Siedlecki is continuing his own reflection on the dualism of life/death and the various aspects through which this dualism can be expressed like: the regeneration (the aluminium fusion of a wineskin – primordial water bottle – placed on the dehydrated silhouette of a cactus – originally it can preserve its own water reserve), the sacrifice (the exchange of the materials that happens between anode and cathode in the galvanic tank), the memory (Limes, 2021: the ashes of a wolf solidified in the crystal) and the ritual (Scalze, 2021: the zinc reproduction of the artist’s feet evokes the extremities of the bronze figure of St. Peter touched by the faithful in form of prayer).
Mateusz Choróbski (Radomsko, 1987; live and work in Warsaw). Solo show (selection): La Fondazione, Roma (2019); Contemporary Art Center Labirynt, Lublin (2019); Wschód, Warsaw (2019); Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt & Union Pacific, London & Wschód, Warsaw (2018); Les Bains Douches, Alençon (2017); Kronika Centre for Contemporary Art, Bytom (2016); Contemporary Art Center Arsenał, Białystok (2015); Another Vacant Space, Berlin (2013). Collective exhibition (selection): Travellers, City Gallery, Gdansk (2019); Spoilage: Narrating what remains, SALTS, Basel (2019); #VillaMedicimylove, Art Club #27, Villa Medici, Rome (2019); Autogestión / When The World Breakes in II, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2017); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Nice to meet, TRAFO Center For Contemporary Art, Szczecin (2016); Nesting, Asymetria Fundation, Warsaw (2015); No Yawning, New Theatre, Warsaw (2014); The Archive Project, Another Vacant Space, Berlin (2014); Spokojna Tour Now, MOCAK, Kraków (2013); Cohesion, New Theater, Warsaw (2013); Curators’ Network, MOCAK, Kraków (2012); By Own Measure II, Contemporary Museum, Wrocław (2011).
Namsal Siedlecki (Greenfield, 1986; live and work in Seggiano). Solo show (selection): Art Club #31, Villa Medici, Roma (2020); Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Roma (2020); Manifattura Tabacchi, Firenze (2020); Patan Museum, Kathmandu (2020); In Extenso, Clermont-Ferrand, Francia (2019). Collective exhibition (selection): #80| #90 & more, La Fondazione, Roma (2020); Della materia spirituale dell’arte, Maxxi, Roma (2019); #80| #90, Villa Medici, Roma (2019); La febbre, Palazzo Mazzarino, Palermo (2018); TU35 expanded, Centro Pecci per l’arte contemporanea, Prato (2017); Trigger party, Marsèlleria, Milano (2016); Cosi accade, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino (2014).