Tradition can be a heavy weight and at the same time it can be the strongest source of inspiration. It’s the same with history, politics or love. Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin from Formafantasma have combined all the aforementioned and have managed to leave us openmouthed with their Moulding tradition series. Their inspiration comes from the baroque Caltagirone district of Sicily, famous for its ceramics and the purported local tradition. More specifically, the core was a Sicilian artwork called “teste di moro”. These are copies of vases of the 17th century that display the face of a native African- or Arab-looking man or woman. These artifacts refer to a period of Sicilian history when Arab-African people conquered Sicily. Due to this invasion the tradition of majolica started in Italy and later in other European countries.
Source: text by Apostolos Mitsios for Yatzer