Matilde Cassani (b. 1980, Italy)
issue 03 part I: a conversation with Matilde Cassani
Matilde Cassani, born in 1980, studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and the Univesitade Tecnica de Lisboa, and also Architecture and Urban Studies (‘Metropolis’) at the CCCB (Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), has a postgraduate degree from the UPC (Universidade Politecnica de Catalunya) in Barcelona, and a PhD in Spatial Planning and Urban Development. After her studies she worked for the German International Cooperation (GTZ) in Sri Lanka, where she developed research into post-tsunami reconstruction. She teaches at the Politecnico di Milano and at Naba (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti). She is a consultant for the World Bank and works on research for a project called ‘Holy Urbanism’. Her practice reflects the spatial implications of religious plurality in contemporary occidental cities.
Matilde Cassani moves between the confines of architecture, installation and performance. Her works have been showcased in many cultural institutions and galleries and published in various magazines, such as the Architecture review, Domus, Abitare, Arqa, Arkitectur, MONU.
She was artist in residence at the Schloss Akademie Solitude in Stuttgart, and the Headlands Center for the Arts San Francisco. She has taken part in numerous international conferences and was a special guest at Columbia University New York and the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris.
Her own personal show, ‘Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings’ was exhibited in Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York in September 2011. In 2012 she designed the Bahrein Pavilion at the XIII Venice Biennale and in 2014 participated in the XIV Biennale (Monditalia) with ‘Countryside Worship’, which is now in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert museum in London.