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Eva and Franco Mattes

Eva and Franco Mattes lecture, April 2, 2014

“Believing is Seeing”

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

301 Crosby Hall, 6 PM

Organized by Ludovico Centis, Banham Fellow 2013-2014

Co-sponsored by the Department of Visual Studies

Eva and Franco Mattes (1976) are Italian-born, New York-based visual artists who work together as a collaborative duo. Their medium is a combination of performance, video and the Internet, for which they are perhaps best known. Their work explores ethical and moral issues when people interact at distance, especially through social media, creating situations where it is difficult to distinguish reality from a simulation.

Melissa Gronlund, editor of Afterall Magazine, described Mattes' work as follows: "Whether by obscuring the name of the author, hiding information from the public or presenting false information to (often unwitting) participants in the works they create, the Mattes set up situations in which the viewer's mistaken assumptions and actions create the form of the work itself."

Mattes' work has been exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2013); Site Santa Fe (2012); Sundance Film Festival (2012); PS1, New York (2009); Performa, New York (2007, 2009); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (2009); National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2008); The New Museum, New York (2005) and Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002). In 2001, they were among the youngest artists ever included in the 49th Venice Bienniale.

They have also held conferences at universities, festivals and museums, including Columbia University, New York; RISD, Providence; New York University; Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh; College Art Association, New York; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; MAXXI, Rome and Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris.

They are founders and co-directors of the international festival The Influencers, held annually at the CCCB, Barcelona, Spain (2004-ongoing).

The Mattes have received grants from the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde; ICC, Tokyo, and were awarded the New York Prize 2006 from the Italian Academy at Columbia University.