Curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto
From Sunday 9 to Sunday 30 May 2021, the Church of San Giuseppe delle Scalze in Pontecorvo, Naples, will host an exhibition, promoted by the Agovino Collection and curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, involving two of the most interesting figures on the contemporary creative scene, Mateusz Choróbski (Radomsko, 1987) and Namsal Siedlecki (Greenfield, 1986). While Choróbski reflects on these themes through a variegated set of expressive modalities (sculpture, video, performance...), Namsal Siedlecki does so by relying above all on plastic language. A sort of virtual dialogue between Choróbski and Siedlecki, in particular that of the sacred, revisited according to his own specific experience and often considered in relation to historical and social issues. This dialogue takes the form of a single, large installation conceived for the Baroque spaces of the Church of San Giuseppe delle Scalze, designed by Cosimo Fanzago in the 17th century, and composed of recent works, many of which were conceived for the occasion. Choróbski elaborates his own, original interpretation of Baroque poetics, dealing with both the theme of light and that of sculpture. Siedlecki, on the other hand, continues his reflection on the dualism of life and death and the various aspects through which it can be expressed: that of regeneration, sacrifice, memory and ritual.
Mateusz Choróbski was born in Radomsko, Poland in 1987. He currently lives and works in Warsaw. In his artistic undertakings, Mateusz Choróbski tests various ranges and scales of artistic expression, from short films to complex arrangements in gallery spaces, or contextual activities in public spaces. A significant aspect of his work is awareness of the relationship, including picture viewer space, which is evident in the themes explored by him and influences the specific nature of his creativity. His works have been exhibited: La Fondazione, Roma (2019); Contemporary Art Center Labirynt, Lublin (2019); Wschód, Warsaw (2019); Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt & Union Pacific, London & Wschód, Warsaw (2018); Les Bains Douches, Alençon (2017); Kronika Centre for Contemporary Art, Bytom (2016);Contemporary Art Center Arsenał, Białystok (2015); Another Vacant Space, Berlin (2013).