Masks 1_Francesco Pacelli


soap, pigments, essential oils


Makapansgat stone is an almost three million years old object. It was found in a South African cave far from similar natural sources, near the remains of Australopithecines. Although is uncertain wheter it is an artifact or a natural object, the place of discovery suggests that the stone was transported as a stylized face was recognized in it. This aspect makes it the first and oldest form of symbolic image known nowadays. This stone led to the making of a series of several works in soap, a perishable consumable material that through daily use will be gradually smoothed until disappearing.

Installation view from the group exhibition This must be the Place, held at Composit Flagship Store/Milano (IT), 2022. Curated by Edoardo De Cobelli and Sara Van Bussel.

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