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Pablo Mesa Capella

Pablo Mesa Capella was born in Málaga (Spain) in 1982. After a degree in Directing and Drama first, and in Audiovisual Communication then, he directs shows and artistic performances curating also the set design. These early years shaped his aesthetics conception on visual art and installations, earning several awards in the Málaga Crea competition. Since 2010 lives and works in Rome, where he continues his artistic research. In 2012 he exhibited at the Festival of Contemporary ArtSeminaria Sogninterra (Maranola, Formia) and MarteLive at the Forte Portuense (Rome). The same year he participated to the project Spam! Artist’s postcards at Pastificio Lab (Pastificio Cerere, Rome). In June 2013 the project Cartes de visite. Sensitive material at the Pastificio Cerere in Rome, curated by sguardo contemporaneo (18.06 – 19.07.2013), earned him the attention of the public and the press. ArtGallery Prize finalist (2013, Milan), his works are exhibited at LaStellina ArteContemporanea with the project Deus ex Machina (setting up). Installation, interactive within the collective Wunderkammer at the Academy of Belgium in Rome (curated by Antonio Nardone in collaboration with Emmeotto and Paola Cardano Arte Contemporanea (November – Decembrer 2013).
His installations starts from theatrical experience to develop through visual arts an emotional and synaesthetic involvement of the public, in all its nuances and complexity.

Pablo Mesa Capella

Pablo Mesa Capella was born in Málaga (Spain) in 1982. After a degree in Directing and Drama first, and in Audiovisual Communication then, he directs shows and artistic performances curating also the set design. These early years shaped his aesthetics conception on visual art and installations, earning several awards in the Málaga Crea competition. Since 2010 lives and works in Rome, where he continues his artistic research. In 2012 he exhibited at the Festival of Contemporary ArtSeminaria Sogninterra (Maranola, Formia) and MarteLive at the Forte Portuense (Rome). The same year he participated to the project Spam! Artist’s postcards at Pastificio Lab (Pastificio Cerere, Rome). In June 2013 the project Cartes de visite. Sensitive material at the Pastificio Cerere in Rome, curated by sguardo contemporaneo (18.06 – 19.07.2013), earned him the attention of the public and the press. ArtGallery Prize finalist (2013, Milan), his works are exhibited at LaStellina ArteContemporanea with the project Deus ex Machina (setting up). Installation, interactive within the collective Wunderkammer at the Academy of Belgium in Rome (curated by Antonio Nardone in collaboration with Emmeotto and Paola Cardano Arte Contemporanea (November – Decembrer 2013).
His installations starts from theatrical experience to develop through visual arts an emotional and synaesthetic involvement of the public, in all its nuances and complexity.

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Pablo Mesa Capella was born in Spain in 1982 and currently lives between Malaga, Spain, and Turin, Italy, but for many years he had lived and worked in Rome. His educational journey started with the theatre scenography. He is an artist who with each exhibition re-discovers himself by going back to memory of his happy childhood memories at Malagueñon. His inner world, his childish games and discoveries explore of the present world, the world he observes very carefully. Pablo unites ideas creating unusual visions and moving flexibly from micro (“Oniric nature. The Object Memory” at the Temporary Gallery) to the macrocosms of his imagination.

The key message of his art is space and contrast (ideas, materials, symbols). The artist, as he revealed to me, is influenced by the Baroque but not always. In June, last year, he presented his famous installation, “Deus Ex Machina” and it has nothing to do with a baroque style. In this group exhibition in Turin (Italy) intitled “Holy Mystery” he exhibited a provocative “Totem” of steel called “Crislamesimo” with which touches on the confrontation between two religions, Christianity and Islam. Among the other international names at the exposè were Revered E. Acres, P. Albertelli, C. Badelita, H. Fletcher, F. Nonino, J. Vallance.

Extract of Pablo’s interview on jlinterviews.com

J: You are a Spanish artist but for a long time you have lived in Italy, in Rome. How did you happen to decide to leave your home town, Malaga?

PMC: Actually, as an artist I was born in Rome.  In Malaga, my birt place, I studied The Theatre Direction and Scenography and then Science of Communication. During these last studies I came to Rome as an Erasmus student that was 5 years ago, which is how my adventure with Rome and art started. In Malaga I was a visual artist. I worked for theatres. Here in Rome I interacted with the galleries, I did some collective exhibitions and then in time proposals arrived and I started to exhibit by myself. Entire career as artist started in Rome.

J: Do you imagine your life out of Europe? In which city would you like to live?

PMC: I would like to travel and exhibit my works everywhere. I would like to travel and propose my projects in various cities as I could be known to the people and asked for by the people. Of course, I would like to live, but for a short time, in New York, to exhibit there.  After staying in Rome I came to the conclusion that I need a calm, intimate city. I would also go to Berlin for work. I have been there already many times. I am interested in urban art, so popular there. I have already worked on a similar project here in Rome on the mural “Capella Porcina” with another Spanish artist. I am open to installations, murals. Because I come from the theatrical stage design, I like to create spaces, surroundings and develop environments.

J: What is important for you in your work? How do you prepare for the installations?

PMC: Finding the right material is very important for me because the material contains the meaning. As always my creative process is influenced by my past in the theatre, by images. The theatre I’ve done in Malaga included the works of Garcia Lorca, Ionesco or in general, the Theatre of Absurd. As an artist I am very baroque. I fill the little spaces with pictures or objects as I did in “Oniric Nature”, Roman exhibition. I create a dramaturgy as in a theatre. I tell the stories with space and scenography. Normally I follow one image that I see every day; that inspires me, then I look for the materials, work my idea and then propose the project to a gallery or association, and then I adapt my idea to the new situation, to their spaces.

J: From 18 April to 19 June 2015 you have participated in a group exhibition “Holy Mystery” in Turin, Italy. What was the meaning of your work?

PMC: The exhibition in Turin was collective, very eclectic (paintings, installations ecc.) and organized at the  Congress center of the Church of Holy Face. I exhibited there with famous artists, it was very interesting.  The theme was sacred and mystery but from the point of view of an artist, not a church. To this exhibition I brought an old piece shown in 2013 in Pigneto, Rome, named “Deus ex machina”.This opera I chose for this occasion. It was a totem, iron work in steel of three meters. Totem is a symbol, it is no longer Baroque art like I used to do. It is another language and meaning: iron is hard, survives through time like religion. Here I played with the symbol of the Christianity and Islam: we have here a christian cross and the half moon of Islam. I created an imaginary symbol mixing that two religions. I did it to initiate a dialogue between these two cultures and to ask the question: why? Why we are in conflict? We do we kill? Why do we conduct war?  That is a very contemporary problem. Totem is also a polygamous religion symbol. I mixed all the religions to find an answer for my question. All religions become one in my art.

J: Let’s talk now about your other project, “Botanic Water”, a very innovative exhibition you organized in Rome, in May, 2015.

PMC: It was an ephemeral installation in a gallery space and it was, for the first time, a work with water. It was definitely something new. I like it when my installations involve the public. This time I showed my work made by water, flowers and plants but lasted only a week. I gathered the plants, placed them in a plastic bag, walking around Rome. This way I created a symmetrical design, a natural encyclopedia in three dimensions. I knew that after this exhibition would remain only a photo documentation. For me it was important to create not something that will last but something to be remembered, an emotion. The idea for this work came watching nature. Comparing water, as living material, to the plastic, fake material, was a curious game. I have been always a big enthusiast of plants and gardens.

J: I see you as a contrast artist but how do you see yourself? What constitutes your artistic essence?

PMC: I like to walk, or ride a bicycle, and observe continuously. I often come back to the same place. Daily living inspires me. When some image, emotion repeats in my head I get an idea for work and realize my vision  to present it to the people. Whoever knows me and my last works, knows that memory is present in my art. Especially my childhood, olfactory memory, everything  comes back to me in my art. Through my art I know myself better and I play  as when I was a little boy but this time, the game is much more profound..

Exhibitions List:

2018
R3M3MB3R. Riccardo Costantini Contemporary, Torino. (mostra collettiva).

2017
Art For Excellence. Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano, Torino.
L’Automa Europeo. BoCs Art Museum di Cosenza. (opera permanente)
Il passato è un uovo rotto. Over the trash, Milano.
Sala de estar. Suspiro de una burguesía andaluza. ArtSur 2017, Córdoba.
Ogni 100 metri il mondo cambia. Galleria Riccardo Costantini, Torino. Festival della TV e dei Nuovi Media.

2016
Under 35. Galería GACMA. Málaga (muestra collettiva).
I Premio San’Anna. Potenza. (2º classificato).
La Victoria Km.0. Festival Art Sur 2016. La Victoria, Córdoba.
Aqua Botanica. Centre Pompidou Málaga.
Intervención – happening Aqua Botanica para Art & Breakfast. Hotel Room Mate Larios Málaga.
El Autómata Europeo. La Casa Invisible, Málaga. Obra permanente.
Aqua Botanica. Aliance Française Málaga (mostra personale).
Delta T. In tempo reale. Museo Carlo Bigotti, Roma. A cura del Master of Art della LUISS. Sotto la direzione di Achille Bonito Oliva (mostra collettiva).

2015
Residenza artistica al Casale dei cedrati di Villa Pamphili, Roma. A cura di Lori Andragna.
BoCS Cosenza. Residenza artistica “Martedì Critici”.
L’Automa europeo. A cura di Alberto Dambruoso.
Totem. Crislamessimo. Sala Santa Rita, Roma. A cura di Lori Adragna e Maria Arcidiacono (mostra personale).
Aqua Botanica. Muga Multimedia Gallery, Roma. A cura di Martina Adami (mostra personale).
Holy Mystery. Il Sacro ed il Mistero nell’Arte Contemporanea. Centro Congressi Santo Volto, Torino. Organizzato per l’Arcidiocesi di Torino, a cura di Exhibitioff. (mostra collettiva).
Convivio. Installazione site specific per Rialto Sant’Ambrogio, Roma. A cura di Nuda Propietà.
Natura onirica. La memoria degli oggetti. Dimora d’Arte Angelina, Roma.

2014
Natura onirica. La memoria degli oggetti. Emmeotto Arte, Roma (mostra personale).
La cappella porcina | e-MAAMcipazione. Murales realizzato insieme all’artista Gonzalo Orquín. Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz (MAAM).
III Biennale di Viterbo (Palazzo dei Papi).
Struct. Asa Nisi Masa | Anmgallery.com (spazio virtuale). Mostra collettiva in collaborazione con la John Cabot University.
FloraCult. Natura onirica. La memoria degli oggetti.A cura di Clara Tosi Pamphili e Alessio de Navasques.
OFF Course Art Fair Bruxelles. Galleria Paola Cardano.
IT’S UP TO YOU! Cura.basement, Roma (mostra collettiva).

2013
Les Mondes particuliers. Galerie Antonio Nardone, Bruxelles (mostra personale).
Wunderkammer. Camera delle meraviglie. Accademia del Belgio, Roma. A cura di Antonio Nardone (mostra collettiva).
Deus ex machina (messa a punto). LaStellina ArteContemporanea, Roma. A cura di Stella Bottai.
Cartes de visite. Materia sensibile. San Lorenzo, Roma. A cura di sguardo contemporaneo. Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Roma (mostra personale).
Studio L4C | galleria z2o Roma (mostra collettiva).

2012
Spam! Cartoline d’artista. Installazione Sogno dei giorni di mezza estate guardando Rai news. Sguardo contemporaneo, presso lo Spazio Cerere. Roma (mostra collettiva).
Festival d’Arte Martelife. Installazione Cartes de visite. Materia sensibile. Forte Portuense. Roma.
Festival d’Arte Contemporanea Seminaria Sogninterra 2012. (Formia). Progetto Cartes de visite. Materia sensibile.­­­­

 

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