07 October - 28 October 2023
by François Marcadon

On Saturday, 7 October 2023, on the occasion of Giornata del Contemporaneo, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere is hosting THE MIRACLE OF URAKAWA, an exhibition recounting the project François Marcadon carried out in Japan in 2019, thanks to the support of the Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation and the Equipe Asbl-Réseau de psychiatrie sociale.

The exhibition, to be set up in the silos of Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, will be open to the public until 14 October 2023.

With his practice, François Marcadon reflects on the relationship between mind and body; of the latter, he investigates the vanity and transience, the plasticity and metamorphic potential, along with its unconditional finiteness – its mortality. His aesthetically elegant works reveal a disturbing phantasmagorical dimension, revealing the artist’s personal mythology, which is both dreamlike and ruthless.

THE MIRACLE OF URAKAWA presents 30 watercolours and a text written in the form of a diary by Marcadon during his stay in northern Japan in 2019. In Urakawa, the artist worked with the psychiatric institute Bethel House, a facility dedicated to innovative therapeutic practices.

In October 2023, with the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI), François Marcadon will carry out a residency in Rome to continue his investigation into psychic fragility, the long-term outcome of which will be the tracing of a panorama of madness in different countries.

[read the press release]