Mattia Macchieraldo And Flavio Palasciano

MATTIA MACCHIERALDO
1985, born in Biella, Italy
Lives and works in Turin.
FLAVIO PALASCIANO
1987, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
Lives in Wien. Works between
Turin and Wien.
IN RESIDENCE at
TOWNHOUSE GALLERY,
Cairo (Egypt)
August-September 2015

Mattia Macchieraldo and Flavio Palasciano’s collaboration focuses on combining sign, trace and clue in order to form fictional landscapes to be used as stages for projection and manipulation in the collective imagination.

Through the appropriation of material coming from various sources such as exploration reports, satellite photography, cartography, astronomic observations etc (from various time periods and therefore belonging to various political and cultural systems), and the creation of narrative ensembles, each element withstands a re-elaboration and a progressive transformation in terms of reproduction processes. Such re-elaboration of said elements leads to a gradual loss of information of the original reproduction (the initial drawing, description, interpretation of one entity), following a generalization process in the form which leads to mythicization and idealization.

By using photography, processual operations, found footage, internet image database and digital elaboration, the two artists investigate the longing for idealized, unexplored – actual, as well as fictional- territories, and the appropriation of it in political propaganda, consumer culture, pop-culture and pseudoscientific strategies, orienting their praxis between naive alienation and its exploitation in western culture.


Mattia Macchieraldo and Flavio Palasciano, Thank you for calling Lunar Embassy and the Galactic Government, 2015, Exhibition view

Mattia Macchieraldo and Flavio Palasciano, Thank you for calling Lunar Embassy and the Galactic Government, 2015, Exhibition view

Mattia Macchieraldo and Flavio Palasciano, At the border (Flying Bull), 2014, Video still, 01:58

Mattia Macchieraldo and Flavio Palasciano, At the border (Flying Bull), 2014, Video still, 01:58

Mattia Macchieraldo and Flavio Palasciano, Possibilities #2 (Friedrichs Traum), 2012, Installation view

Mattia Macchieraldo and Flavio Palasciano, Possibilities #2 (Friedrichs Traum), 2012, Installation view