2 Pearson Square
Imagining a place where objects live
22-25 September 2019, including Open House London on Sunday 22 September Opening Times: Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Monday - Wednesday 11 am - 4 pm
‘Debris’, a photography and video exhibition by Milan-based artist Paola Musicò, focuses on found, lost and discarded objects in otherworldly beachscapes in the UK and Egypt. Imagining a place which gathers all the lost property in the world, the show draws on inspiration from literature, mythology and psychology.
Presenting the treasures of human existence across generations in these magical landscapes, the artist raises questions about human affection and the desire for everlasting relations between people and those objects that make up our daily life. Here we see baskets woven artfully by nature into the sand, upended boats blending into stones, the wilfully left and the purposelessly forgotten coexisting on a beach of lost dreams.
The exhibition is a site-specific installation in the Fitzrovia Chapel, a masterly baroque Grade II* listed building tucked away in the centre of the capital. The first day of the exhibition is presented as part of Open House London.
Paola says: ‘The objects in Debris symbolise our inability to sometimes recover our lives in the face of irreparable events or loss. At the same time, we can possess an unspoken hope to be able to reconnect with lost things and affections. The images featured in the project dwell within this duality. Do the pictures show lost objects or familiar things that have been gathered somewhere for us to find? By questioning the destiny of objects, I’m challenging ideas about our own future.’
Faye Hughes, Artistic Director of the Fitzrovia Chapel, says, ‘Because of the grandeur of the chapel, we often attract artistic projects that coexist with the beautiful charm of the building without fighting it. Debris focuses on the ephemeral; the lost; the everyday connections of life. This vulnerability sits easily within our walls.’
About the artist
Paola Musico (b.1990) is an Italian artist based in Milan and working between the UK and Italy. After graduating in Fine Arts, she gained an MA in Visual Arts from Brera Fine Art Academy in Milan. Her practice draws its inspiration from personal experiences, exploring feelings such as nostalgia, abandonment and dismay. Ranging from immersive site-specific installation to book publications, her artworks involve different media, including photography, video and literature. Paola’s projects have been recently featured at Assembly Point, London, and VIAFARINI, Milan. She was selected to take part in Threads Kent Residency Programme 2018.
The Fitzrovia Chapel
2 Pearson Square, Fitzroy Place W1T 3BF, London