35000 A.C (Sphinx Death Mask)
On the occasion of the solo presentation Marguerite Humeau's bronze sculpture Riddles (2017-2018) produced for the last edition of the Battaglia Foundry Art Prize 2018 we are happy to present this conversation we had with the artist.
The BFSP is an annual award addressed to young international artists, established with the aim of promoting the use of bronze and the ancient lost wax casting process in contemporary art practices. The BFSP wishes to be an international showcase for new emerging talents, through the monitoring, selection and formation of international artists in the production of innovative works. Ten international leading gures of the contemporary art world select ten artists each presenting a proposal for a bronze cast. A jury then evaluates the projects paying speci c attention to their procedural features, which constitute an extremely challenging process within the casting process.
The BFSP is a proactive platform for cultural / technical research within the millenary tradition of bronze casting. The Prize aims to promote the unique experience of an artistic collaboration with a traditional bronze foundry. At Fonderia Artistica Battaglia manual skills and understanding of the di erent material stages in lost wax bronze casting are investigated day by day under the supervision of skilled artisans. The BFSP wishes to challenge the very nature of lost wax casting in all its varied features: from a procedural point of view to its cultural implications and potential translation into the world of contemporary art.
The second edition of BFSP 2017/2018 focuses on one of the most fascinating features of bronze: the copper alloy is virtually eternal. Such timeless quality has made bronze an irreplaceable tool for humankind since 3500 BC. To this day, bronze artefacts are often the only instruments allowing us to catch a glimpse into the world of long gone civilizations and cultures from all over the planet. To nd a material capable of withstanding centuries of history means to work with an instrument capable of reaching out towards an in nite number of future generations to come. BFSP would like for the selected artists to re ect upon the responsibilities that come with casting an ideal shape / value / content before eternity (and what these contemporary shapes / values / contents might be).
Produced by CURA.
Interview by Sofia Gallarate
Filmed and Edited by Domenico Palma
In The Unlikely Event by Visciera
Valley of Shadows by Ryan Little
Influenced by Fleslit
©Virginia Taroni, for Marguerite Humeau’s residency Courtesy Fonderia Artistica Battaglia
©CAMERAE Francesca Iovene, Jessica Soffiati - camerae.it
Courtesy Archivio Fonderia Artistica Battaglia