Dimensions variable, approx 30 x 20 x 10 cm [11.8 x 7.9 x 3.9 inches]
Series of 11 (each unique) accompanied by a signed certificate.
Image credit: Marta Fernandez Canut and Andy Keate
(Objects not included)
About the work
Francesca Anfossi has created a series of unique ceramic works entitled Toolkit, 2021, especially for Whitechapel Gallery.
Tool Kit, is a wall-based ceramic holder for tools, eggs, and kitchen utensils. It was especially made for Whitechapel Gallery as an outcome of Francesca Anfossi's residency and educational work with two local primary schools, in which she celebrates experimentation and exchange, based on some of our most basic activities: cooking, playing and sharing.
Anfossi’s personal selection of objects include tools and domestic utensils: a hammer, a spoon, some eggs - kitchen combined with garage. For Anfossi, the edition sparks a conversation around the multifunctional nature of a domestic space, (a subject with a particular resonance for many, over the past year) and also comments on the often gender appropriation of tools and utensils.
For Francesca Anfossi’s 2019 residency at Whitechapel Gallery, she invited a group of parents, whose children attend Redlands Primary School to consider their own creativity through a series of workshops. The process opened up conversations about the role of creativity and the value of the visual arts in education. Participants engaged in material experimentation using clay and cooking to explore themes of cultural identity, creative expression and community.
About the artist
Francesca Anfossi b. Italy, 1980, is an artist, educator and co-founder of Rochester Square since 2015. She lives and works in London. Anfossi’s interdisciplinary practice takes the tradition of crafts as a starting point to make and collaborate, using ceramic as a core material. Inspired by the very nature of clay - a versatile, inclusive and non-hierarchical material - her various projects are conceived in direct collaboration with communities and evolve according to their needs. Her work most often takes the form of workshops, cooking classes or communal events, and offers to the participants involved opportunities to learn new skills and form new social bonds.
Francesca Anfossi is also the director of Rochester Square, a dynamic space in London dedicated to socially-engaging projects and artistic collaborations. She is the winner of the Whitegold International Ceramic Prize, St Austell, UK (2020-2021). Previous projects include: Creative Learning Programme, Residency, Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2020). Square meal, Frieze art fair VIP programme, London, (2019). Recent exhibitions: Living Well is The Best Revenge, Canopy Collection, London, 2020. How small a thought, curated by Andrew Child & Anne Ryan, Margate, UK 2019 and Salone del mobile, collaboration with CO-TE fashion brand, Milan, Italy 2019
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