Text and images by Matteo Valerio (MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins)
The residency at Fondazione Zegna, Italy has been one of the best professional experiences I have had. The opportunity of being included in such a big collaboration is an unexpected and new development for my practice. Everything in Trivero is still reconsidered in my imagination, the environment of the residency is difficult to describe in words.
The first day I met Anna Zegna the president of Fondazione Zegna, Matteo Ferrario and Donatella Basla. I presented my proposal and I had a curatorial response regarding my project and how to organize the research-visit time in relation to the physical production of some works. Considering that the Archivio Zegna, Lanificio Zegna, Oasi Zegna are very considerable and historically embedded realities, we decided to take advantage on the research on Heberlein and on realising the complexity of Zegna group. While we agreed that the completion of the physical objects can be developed further at the specialized workshops at Central Saint Martins. The final result will be exhibited from May 2017 at Casa Zegna, included in an exhibition concerning Camelids.