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Thomas De Falco

30 NOV 2017 - 2 JAN 2017

Tuesday - Sunday
10.30 am - 8.30 pm
Palazzo della Triennale
A selection of textile works by Thomas De Falco

The Triennale Design Museum presents Nature, a solo exhibition of Thomas de Falco’s work curated by Lara Cherubini. Specially for this event, the artist will be exhibiting an extensive and complete selection of his works for the very first time. They range from two-dimensional tapestry and sculptural tapestry to textile sculpture and textile sculpture on canvas.

Educated at Castello Sforzesco High School for Applied Art in Milan (Scuola Superiore d’Arte Applicata del Castello Sforzesco di Milano), De Falco’s sculptural experimentation is based around a very peculiar and extremely personal textile technique called “wrapping” that involves enveloping a core of textile material with even more textile material to create shapes that are reminiscent of tree roots. This technique allows nature, which lies at the very foundations of the artist’s research and experimentation, to be transformed into textile sculptural forms skilfully woven by De Falco,

The artist’s very close ties with nature will be highlighted in a display of De Falco’s personal notebooks in which the artist has sewn leaves taken from trees onto paper to create textures carefully studied at specific points to allow movement and, hence, the process by which the leaves themselves are transformed. By first taking hold of something natural and then transforming it into a woven thread, the artist intervenes in the evolving dynamics of nature, “freezing” and “imprisoning” matter inside a sculptural block.

At the official opening of the exhibition, De Falco will be involved in a special performance and textile installation entitled Intricacy, specially designed to interact with the spaces of the Milan Triennial. As in Paul Léautaud’s book called Le Petit Ami published in 1903, which looks at the subject of mothers as “absent queens”, De Falco appears to envisage the figure of a mother, in all its most miscellaneous renditions, in the sculptural forms of a large mother-tree constructed out of over 500 metres in length of textile material.

The performers, who are initially isolated and motionless with their eyes shut tight, will move from their original positions to form a “gigantic consoling embrace”, which metaphorically refers to the social tragedies which, alas, are now becoming a rather familiar everyday spectacle. An embrace from which the subjects seem to draw strength and is rather like (or at least replaces) the embrace of an “absent mother”, who, in the form of “mother nature”, is now threatening mankind. The gigantic wrapping roots extend out from the bodies wedged inside the sculptural block and expand through the surrounding space, linking hands, feet and hair to the exhibition space’s architectural structure.

Although the textile material is the main “physical” part of the installation, performance is the real heart and soul of the project. It is the means the artist uses to “give life and voice to matter”. The performance, which lasts 90 minutes, will be accompanied by a musical score specially composed by De Falco himself.



Performance and textile installation
29 November 2017, 6.30 pm

Mercedes Alves
Jem Perucchini 
Ilaria Lazzarini
Olivier Langhendires
Olivia Salvadori – soprano, operatic solo performer, experimental recording artist

Elio Marchesini 


Curated by Laura Cherubini

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