Middlesbrough’s illustrious art gallery, MIMA, will play host to a brand new exhibition by Italian artist Chiara Camoni in what will be her first UK solo exhibition.
On display at the gallery until Sunday 10th February, MIMA has acquired three large sculptures from Camoni’s most recent series, ‘Sisters’, (iron, glazed clay, candles, fire, 2017) with support from the first edition of the Contemporary Art Society’s Jackson Tang Ceramic Award.
‘Sister1’, ‘Sister3’ and ‘Sister4’ are glazed clay forms with multi-coloured candles that are lit during the works’ display, with the subsequent dripping wax forming part of the piece. They will be shown for one month, during which time different individuals and groups who represent MIMA’s constituents and communities will light the candles in a daily event. This activation of the sculptures resonates with historic and contemporary traditions of celebrating light at the darkest and coldest time of year.
‘Sisters’ are positioned simultaneously as sculptures and as events. Their forms shift whilst they are shown, marking the movement of time, through the accumulation of wax. They play with questions of function, sitting between statuettes and candelabras.
This approach resonates with the practices and processes behind many of the Middlesbrough Collection’s ceramics and jewellery holdings which come from explorations of the politics of materials, learning through making and in many cases a dynamic relationship with the maker and user or wearer of the work.
For further information about the exhibition, head to visitmima.com.