Francesco Clemente’s first major solo exhibition in Australia opens this week at Carriageworks, Sydney. Encampment includes six of Clemente’s celebrated large-scale tent installations transforming the 30,000 square feet Carriageworks space into an opulent tented village.

Created over a period of three years, the tents feature intricate patterns, emblematic imagery and vividly painted figures, both real and allegorical. Every aspect of the tents are painted in intricate detail; Clemente hand paints the interiors in tempera, with embroidery and wood block elements applied to the exteriors by Rajasthani artisans.

First seen at Blain|Southern Berlin, the tents travelled to MASS MoCA before arriving in Australia; echoing Clemente’s transitory experience of changing geographies and diverse cultural climates.

You can see the artist discussing his Encampment in this short film.

Francesco Clemente: Encampment is at Carriageworks, Sydney from 30 July to 9 October 2016


You can see a sneak peek of the exhibition in this video.