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bi-personal exhibition
Fornice Objects and Yuyu Zhao

curated by Eleonora Savorelli

14th October 2023 - 14th January 2024

at Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra

organized by marte

VIII Biennial of Contemporary Mosaic

The bi-personal exhibition Microobjects, curated by Eleonora Savorelli, presents the works of the design brand Fornice Objects, founded by Chiara Ravaioli, and the micromosaicist Yuyu Zhao.

Set up at the Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra, the exhibition is organised and produced by marte in co-participation with the Comune di Ravenna - Istituzione MAR Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna and in collaboration with RavennAntica.

Fornice Objects explores the link between material research and the use of modelling software applied to analogue printing techniques, resulting in pieces characterised by functional uniqueness. In the vases on display, produced in ceramic and processed by 3D printing, the colours change according to the light that illuminates them, a fundamental element in the designer's work. In the Italian dictionary, in fact, the term 'fornice' indicates the light passing through ancient arches.

Yuyu Zhao, originally from Inner Mongolia, moved to Ravenna in 2016 and attended the Academy of Fine Arts. Specialising in micromosaics, her most recent project involved the artist reproducing the 144 Mah Jong tiles through this technique. With methodical precision, Zhao manually spins the glass paste into small tiles that she inserts vertically on the support. Landscapes and figures blend together, generating abstract and highly expressive spaces.

In addition to the works that the two women develop individually, the exhibition aims to create a moment of encounter and dialogue between design and micro-mosaic, displaying some works created by four hands.

The hypogeum site of Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra presents polychrome mosaics and marbles belonging to a private Byzantine building dating back to the 5th-6th century AD, discovered in 1993. Geometrical, vegetal and figurative elements create a mosaic score together with ceramic and micromosaic textures.

Ph: Reka Jakabffy