Curated by: Francesca Guerisoli
On Saturday 11 December the MAC Museum of Contemporary Art in Lissone inaugurates the installation The Cave (La grotta, 2021) by the duo Grossi Maglioni (Francesca Grossi and Vera Maglioni), curated by the artistic director of MAC Francesca Guerisoli. This is the first exhibition of The Cave in Italy, previously presented in Bratislava and Graz. The inauguration of the exhibition includes a talk conducted by Francesca Grossi and Vera Maglioni, in dialogue with Francesca Guerisoli, in which the artists will illustrate the research project Beast Mother, supported by the X Edition of the Italian Council, a program for the international promotion of Italian art in the world of the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.
The Cave focuses on the mother and son / daughter duo. The work consists of an environment made up of three large sheets and a fabric plateau (carpet) that form a tent dedicated to the nativity. The environment represents a nursing home, a sort of archetype of a home, which defines a constitutive need of human society: the need for a home. It is a welcoming refuge, redefined as a mobile nomadic place shared with a community. The internal sides are dark, suggesting an intimate space of encounter and also the beginning of a story starting from birth.
Grossi Maglioni explores the condition of being a woman, mother and artist in the currently precarious and unequal society and has developed a dialogue with groups of mothers and children during a series of meetings and workshops that have merged into the Occupations publication. The perpetual dialogue (2021). Since 2014, he has associated with this practice a work on the theme of mobile housing, exploring the relationship between mobile architectures and the needs of small communities in an urban and natural environment. In this research context, he develops the story that sees as the protagonist a "Mother Beast" of which The Cave is a part. In the current situation, in which the Covid-19 pandemic forces children and their parents to spend more time together than usual, it is very important to strengthen the ability to forge strong and supportive bonds, survive mutual proximity and create tools to successfully deal with situations. criticisms.