Curious if true
by Leilei Wu

Artist: Leilei Wu
Curator: Yicong Sun
Exhibition: June 5-12, 2022
Alcova 2022

Curious, if true is a neo-gothic tale inspired by Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat, a love story between four anthropomorphic animals. Curious, if true brings together a series of sculptural-installation works by artist Leilei Wu. The four monstrous arthropod-like creatures presented in the exhibition are algorithmically captured and domesticated in a narrative of metamorphosis expounded by the artist. They draw nutrients from the re-used industrial materials and perform mechanisms similar to those used by invertebrates, acquiring rigid exoskeletons through a variety of mineralisations, constructing the exhibition site as an enigmatic, serendipitous shelter being slowly activated by an uncanny tale. The exhibition is curated by Yicong Sun.

Leilei Wu(b.1997, Zhejiang, CN; lives and works in Milan) artist working between the virtual and the real(drawing inspiration from synthetic materials in developing unique hybrid-form sculptural language), gained her BA in Ceramic Art from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute(JCI), Jingdezhen, CN, in 2019, and is attending MA in Sculpture at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan. Group exhibition: Trans-crossing Identities, Kazerna, Eindhoven, NL, 2022. Collaborated exhibiton(with Eventstructure): Towards a New Land: Tales of Ancient Pavilion, Suzhou, CN, 2021; AAAJIAO 1 Deep Simulator, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT in 2020 and Tabula Rasa Gallery, London, UK in 2021.

Yicong Sun(b.1993, Shandong, CN) gained her BA in Languages and Literatures from University of Milan, in 2019, and is attending MA in Visual Cultures and Curatorial Practices at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, is an independent curator, member and co-founder of no-profit cultural association Genealogie del Futuro.