The encounter with Matteo Fato and the management of TRA (Treviso Ricerca Arte) dates back to the end of summer 2014. In this occasion we were asked to design the catalogue of the artist’s personal exhibition which would shortly after occur at Ca’ dei Ricchi.
The project shown by the artist was a sort of a ‘total project’: it didn’t consist only in the exhibition of paintings, but it meant also a creation of a real architecture, which could integrate the works in a constant dialogue with the spectator.
One of the artist’s features is the use of the materials proper of packaging for the realization of frames or supports, which become an integral part of the works themselves: more often paintings are exhibited in their own packing case rather than including a support or pedestal. What’s more, in this case Fato had also provided an ambient structure, which could function as a container for the whole exhibition, and could guide the reading.
We agreed on the creation of a ‘non-catalogue’, so that it could be a parallel experience, a sort of a portable micro-exhibition, usable by the reader in other spaces out of those of the exhibition. In order to do this, we arranged the texts in a separate booklet, and the photographic contribution in a little book and some postcards, and we produced a box – in MDF, the same material used to build the exposition – which contained all the elements, in the same way the ambient structure contained the works.