Michela de Mattei

Michela de Mattei (b.1984, Rome, Italy), studied Philosophy at Universita di Roma la Sapienza, where she was also the assistant to artist Giuseppe Gallo. Through her practice, which spans drawings, sculpture, installation and video, Michela uses fictional narratives to explore complexities of authority and methods of control. Recent projects draw particularly pertinent connections between the wonders of the natural world and our changing, technocratic, relation to our ecosystem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select exhibitions include: Acquavideo, MAAT museum, Lisbon (2021); Nuovo Cinema Galleria, Galeria Vera Cortez, Lisbon (2020); Hypermaremma ( Chapter II ), Antica Città Di Cosa, Italy (2019); Blushing, Belmacz, London (2019); Estée Lauder series (curated by Lavinia Filippi), Italian Cultural Institute, London (2018); The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Part 1: Language (curated by Filipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti), Serpentines Galleries / ZSL London Zoo (2018); Allevamento di Tiranni, Una Vetrina, Rome (2017); Bodikon, Belmacz, London (2017); There is no place like home 4°, Riverside dock, Rome; InterKontinental, Belmacz, London (2016); La Pelle, Project by FONDACO, Officina, Brussels (2016); Rétrospective I: Fail Compilation, Détail, Paris (2016); Feets, Don’t Fail Me Now, Belmacz, London (2015); Vogliatemi perdonare quel poco di disturbo che reco, Ex Elettrofonica, Rome (2014); Innesto #6, Orientamento | Michela de Mattei, Sala Santa Rita, Rome (2013).

 

In 2019 Michela was in residence at the Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai.

 

Michela lives and works between London and Rome.

Artworks

  • The World, Part I: Mirage

    The World, Part I: Mirage, 2019

    moving image
    04 minutes, 35 seconds. 5 + 1 AP

  • The World, Part I: Mirage, installation view

    The World, Part I: Mirage, installation view, 2019

  • The World, Part I: Mirage, installation view

    The World, Part I: Mirage, installation view, 2019

  • Blushing

    Michela de Mattei

    Blushing, 2019

    moving image
    07 minutes 58 seconds, 5 + 1 AP

  • Not (here)

    Michela de Mattei

    Not (here), 2019

    thermochromic paint, nichrome wire and timer relay
    160 × 120 cm

  • Not (sure)

    Michela de Mattei

    Not (sure), 2019

    thermochromic paint, nichrome wire and timer relay
    120 × 100 cm

  • Installation View

  • Blushing

    Blushing, 2019

    solo exhibition, Belmacz, London

  • Chamber Symphony for Jars

    Chamber Symphony for Jars, 2018

    Terracotta jars, 11 audio-channels, sound (11'13) in collaboration with Emanuele de Raymondi
    installation view, HYPERMAREMMA, Antica Città di Cosa

  • Chamber Symphony for Jars

    Chamber Symphony for Jars, 2018

    Terracotta jars, 11 audio-channels, sound (11'13) in collaboration with Emanuele de Raymondi
    installation view, HYPERMAREMMA, Antica Città di Cosa

  • Chamber Symphony for Jars

    Chamber Symphony for Jars, 2018

    Terracotta jars, 11 audio-channels, sound (11'13) in collaboration with Emanuele de Raymondi
    installation view, HYPERMAREMMA, Antica Città di Cosa

  • Natura Morta

    Natura Morta, 2018

    dry prickly pear fibre
    21.5 × 12.5 × 15.5 cm

  • Natura Morta

    Natura Morta, 2018

    dry prickly pear fibre
    21.5 × 12.5 × 15.5 cm

  • Cospirazione (Allevamento di Tiranni), installation view, Una Vetrina, Rome

    Cospirazione (Allevamento di Tiranni), installation view, Una Vetrina, Rome, 2017

    white concrete
    25 x 20 cm

  • Cospirazione (Allevamento di Tiranni), installation view, Una Vetrina, Rome

    Cospirazione (Allevamento di Tiranni), installation view, Una Vetrina, Rome, 2017

    white concrete
    25 x 20 cm

  • Let's Stay Home [1]

    Let's Stay Home [1], 2014

    copper, oak wood
    36 x 30 x 50 cm

  • Let's Stay Home [2]

    Michela de Mattei

    Let's Stay Home [2], 2014

    copper and oak wood
    50 × 38 × 50cm

  • Let's Stay Home [3]

    Let's Stay Home [3], 2014

    copper, oak wood
    50 x 36 x 50 cm

  • Round Around, Graft #8

    Michela de Mattei

    Round Around, Graft #8, 2015

    oak wood on fig tree
    92 × 92cm

  • Round Around, Graft #8

    Round Around, Graft #8, 2015

    oak wood on fig tree
    92 × 92cm

  • Because of Gravity (installation view, Nuova Gestione, Casalbertone, Rome)

    Michela de Mattei

    Because of Gravity (installation view, Nuova Gestione, Casalbertone, Rome), 2014

    iron, glass, video projections
    variable dimensions

  • Because of gravity (installation view, Nuova Gestione, Casalbertone, Rome)

    Because of gravity (installation view, Nuova Gestione, Casalbertone, Rome), 2014

    iron, glass, water, video projections
    variable dimensions

  • Because of Gravity (detail)

    Michela de Mattei

    Because of Gravity (detail), 2014

    iron, glass, video projections
    variable

  • Piano,Terra

    Michela de Mattei

    Piano,Terra, 2013

    aluminium
    200 × 90cm

  • Piano,Terra (Detail)

    Piano,Terra (Detail), 2013

    alluminium
    200 x 90 cm

  • When you live at the third storey, the floor is always an illusion

    When you live at the third storey, the floor is always an illusion, 2012

    copper and photographic print
    50 x 25 cm

  • Graft #6 Re-orientation

    Michela de Mattei

    Graft #6 Re-orientation, 2013

    iron
    variable

  • Graft #6 - Ara Coeli, Rome

    Graft #6 - Ara Coeli, Rome, 2013

    photographic print

  • Graft #6 - Orientation, Travertino

    Michela de Mattei

    Graft #6 - Orientation, Travertino, 2013

    travertino marble
    variable

  • Graft experiment (IN)

    Michela de Mattei

    Graft experiment (IN), 2010-13

    zinc tube, sensor device, sound
    30 × 190cm

  • Untitled (the postmodern)

    Michela de Mattei

    Untitled (the postmodern), 2011-12

    1/2 inch zinc tubes, wood
    400 × 320 cm

  • Untitled (the postmodern) (detail)

    Michela de Mattei

    Untitled (the postmodern) (detail)

    1/2 inch zinc tubes, wood

  • Pier Paolo Pasolini, Graft experiment #3

    Pier Paolo Pasolini, Graft experiment #3, 2011

    series of photographs

  • Pier Paolo Pasolini, Graft experiment #3

    Pier Paolo Pasolini, Graft experiment #3, 2011

    series of photographs

  • Pier Paolo Pasolini, Graft experiment #3

    Pier Paolo Pasolini, Graft experiment #3, 2011

    series of photographs

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