Crisalidi is a project by the artist Namsal Siedlecki, curated by Marcello Smarrelli, promoted by the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere and supported by the Italian Council (6th Edition, 2019) program to promote contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.
The project includes the production of a series of bronze sculptures realized by the artist during different periods of his Kathmandu residency in collaboration with the local foundries. The artworks derive from the moulds used by the Nepalese artisans for the lost wax castings of the votive statues.
Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato will be the final recipient of the artworks created within the scope of the project.
The activities aimed at diffusing the project on both a national and international scale are numerous:
> July 8th, 2020: Namsal Siedlecki, Artist Talk at La Tôlerie, espace municipal d’art contemporain in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Organized in collaboration with In extenso, introduce: Pietro Della Giustina, Artistic Director of In extenso
A book on this project will be shown, edited by Nero, with written work by Marcello Smarrelli, Artistic Director of the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Sangeeta Thapa, Director of Siddharta Arts Foundation, Charles Jamyang Oliphant of Rossie, Ph. D of Oxford University, Department of Oriental studies.