Born in Domodossola, Italy, Matilde Cassani operates on the boundary between architecture, installation and performance. Her practice reflects the spatial implications of cultural pluralism in today’s Western context. Her works have been exhibited in many cultural institutions and galleries and published in magazines such as Domus and Arkitectur. Cassani has participated in numerous international conferences and been a guest of Columbia University of New York and the École spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. In 2012, she designed the Bahrein Pavilion at the XIII Venice Architecture Biennale and in 2014 participated in the XIV Biennale with Countryside Worship, a work acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for their permanent collection.
Mixed media, performance
Tutto reworks the traditions of the Sicilian Baroque to reveal the complexity of the cultural influences coexisting in the Sicilian capital today. The all-day pyrotechnical show will take place on Saturday 16 June, from 11 AM to midnight. Specifically conceived for Palermo’s Quattro Canti, which will be decorated with specially-made festive velvet drapes, the show involves a series of small coloured papers bearing messages and images that will explode in the air. In the following days, a lenticular photograph of the embroidered drapes, a number of the papers, and a photograph of the event will be exhibited in Palazzo Costantino, as a testimony of the celebration, establishing Tutto as a symbol of a collective memory. The project underlines how the idea of the celebration serves to describe a complex system of political, social and cultural expressions.