Francesco Clemente's First Major Solo Exhibition In Australia Opens At Carriageworks

Francesco Clemente

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.

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