Curated by Paola Nicolin
After the success of Margherita Raso’s first artistic intervention inside the Abbey of Santa Maria di Lucedio in the Municipality of Trino Vercellese, Aptitudeforthearts – an art initiative started in 2021 on the territory to enhance the material and intangible cultural heritage of Vercelli – announces for the 2022-2023 season a new project by the Italian designer and artist Matilde Cassani.
In its desire to support female artistic research, Aptitudeforthearts invites artists of different generations and backgrounds to reflect on the landscape of the rice paddies and to imagine an intervention freely inspired by its stories. Whilst Margherita Raso realised a project that was confronted with the atmosphere of the Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria di Lucedio, shaping the space through fabric, sculptural works and a sound installation, the intervention of Matilde Cassani – whose research in all those years works on the border between architecture, installations and performance – will focus on the fields of Vercelli rice paddies, emphasizing the narrative and ritual dimension of a magical and mysterious territory. Within this changing landscape, Matilde Cassani, chosen as the protagonist of the second edition of the project. has dreamed of seeing a company of scarecrows appear here and there.
Matilde Cassani moves on the border between architecture, set-up and event design. Her
practice deals with the spatial implications of cultural pluralism in the contemporary Western city.
Her works have been exhibited in many cultural institutions and art galleries and have been published by several magazines such as Architectural Review, Domus, Abitare, Flash art, Arkitecktur, Arqa. She was a resident fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York hosted his solo exhibition Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings in September 2011.
She designed the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain at the XIII Biennale of
Architecture in Venice in 2012 and was part of the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale with the work “A celebration day,” acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Recently she was involved in the Chicago Architecture Triennial, at the Oslo Triennial and invited to Manifesta12 in Palermo.
She currently teaches at the Politecnico di Milano, the Domus Academy and the Architectural Association of London in collaboration with Unit 11.