2019 Artist in residence : Michele Mathison

Michele Mathison was born in 1977 in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently lives and works between Zimbabwe and South Africa. His Italian father, Alberto Tagliaferri practiced as an architect and sculptor throughout the course of his life. Mathison completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town in 2000 and represented Zimbabwe at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.


Mathison draws inspiration from every day objects associated with Southern African life, converting them into his sculptural pieces that address the often harsh, dynamic and enriching experience of life in the region. He works with a multitude of materials as well as various found objects, which he reconstructs to highlight their historical narratives, and acquired symbolism.


Powerfully invoking the regional turbulence and forced migration of recent decades, his work traffics in currencies of value, exchange and movement, of resource extraction and material transmogrification. He is driven as much by the fundamental life of his raw materials as by the contemporary conceptual freight of his forgings.


Finding inspiration in markets, supply stores and roadsides, Mathison’s interest extends to source from pockets of lived experience, as found in the spaces in which people work, eat and socialize.


Recent exhibitions include Dissolution, Tyburn gallery UK (2018) Frieze sculpture, London (2018) State of Emergence, Whatiftheworld Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa (2017), Uproot, Tyburn Gallery London, UK (2016); Harvest, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Scheryn Pavilion Cape Town, South Africa (2015); Manual, Whatiftheworld Cape Town, South Africa (2014), and Exit/Exile, Nirox Projects Johannesburg, South Africa (2011). Mathison has produced public commissions for the V&A waterfront, Angular Mass (2018). Carvela, Running in Circles (2012) and Slow Lounge, Carto/Graphic 1 (2011).



 Artist Residency Project

In 2018, Muse Salentine decided to broaden the scope of their activities to include an Artist Residency project. From candidatures submitted to a prestigious professional jury, a young artist will be selected each year to work during a full month in Salento. His/her work will be exhibited at the Palazzo Sangiovanni for the first time before the concert and dinner for the supporting members and maecenas and then will be visible during the summer edition.

Augustin Delloye : Artist in residence in 2018

Belgian painter AUGUSTIN DELLOYE (born 1987) had his first exhibition, Midnight Marauder, in the contemporary art space Island, in Brussels in 2016. The following year he showed Persona Rose in Brussels’ Stems Gallery. In 2018 he exhibited some of his work in New York during the Independent Art Fair. He lives and works in Brussels