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Mvaḥ Chā, personal exhibition by Namsal Siedlecki for the Crisalidi Project



 Mvaḥ Chā, personal exhibition by Namsal Siedlecki for the Crisalidi Project

22 September to 30 November 2020
Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome
Mvaḥ Chā
personal exhibition by Namsal Siedlecki for the Crisalidi Project
curated by Marcello Smarrelli

For the first time in Italy the event presents the results of the Crisalidi project – shown in a January preview by the Patan Museum (Kathmandu, Nepal) and presented by the artist at ICI London in February 2020 – supported by the Italian Council (6th Edition, 2019) programme, conceived by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity and Urban Regeneration of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, to promote contemporary art in the world
The main focus of the exhibition is made up of five bronze sculptures, titled Mvah Cha (Chrysalis), realized by Siedlecki in 2019 during the various residency periods in Kathmandu, where he had the opportunity to experiment and elaborate on the Nepalese lost-wax method in some of the most relevant local foundries. Particularly, the artist was left aghast by the various passages preceding the fusion: while in the West the wax model is covered by shredded brick and chalk, a peculiar, albeit effective compound is used in Nepal: the Mvah Cha, a type of mortar obtained by mixing clay, cow manure, and chaff, the casing of rice grains
The title of the sculptures derives therefore from the daily practice of shops, from the very moment the wax model is covered in various layers of Mvah Cha, creating a shell so thick to hide the original shape. Siedlecki was able to alter these elusive artefacts which, though necessary for the creation of the sculptures, would never have become such, as they are usually destroyed in order to carry out the fusing process. The result of this unusual process is a series of sculptures of indefinite mass, ‘non-mocks’, forms given a powerful, primal expressivity, escaping conventional canons of proportions and precise anatomical reference points, which, however, preserve a thin but powerful association with Hindu and Buddhist religious iconography, referencing at the same time the archaising aesthetics of the early ‘900. Sculptures creating a dialogue between past and present, East and West, highlighting how the fascination for the unknown and spiritual has always been escorting mankind, with no regards to époques nor latitudes.
The Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Prato will be the final recipient of the artworks created within the scope of this project.

For more information please download the press release

Namsal Siedlecki was born in Greenfield (USA) in 1986. He lives and works in Seggiano (GR). In 2015 he won the fourth edition of the Moroso Prize and the Cy Twombly Italian Affiliated Fellow in Visual Arts awarded by the American Academy in Rome. In 2019 he won the Club Gamec Prize as well as the Cairo Prize. In the last few years his art has been shown in numerous national and international institutions including In Extenso, Clermont-Ferrand; MAXXI, Rome; Villa Medici, Rome; Luigi Pecco Contemporary Art Centre, Prato; Galeria Boavista, Lisbon; Villa Romana, Florence; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin; The sixth Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow; Chertludde, Berlin; Magazzino, Rome; American Academy, Rome; Museo Apparente, Naples; Pastificio Cerere Foundation, Rome; Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice; Antinori Art Project, Bargino; Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon and Cripta747, Turin. From 2008 to 2013 he has managed the Independent GUM studio space, first in Carrara, then in Turin. 


Data: Da Mar 22 Set 2020 a Ven 30 Ott 2020

Orario: Alle 10:32

Ingresso : Libero


Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome