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Bella Hunt & DDC

Italian-American duo born in the 1980s Behind the simple and deceptively naive forms of Bella Hunt & Dante di Calce hides the possibility of a society different from ours, based on a greater coexistence between people, a great humility and respect for vernacular traditions, for a future respectful of the environment. After making pottery and frescoes whose natural pigments have been incorporated into a mixture of lime, the American-Italian duo gained momentum, with bronze works and more architectural sculptures. However, their practice remains – this detail counts – on a human scale.

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Their works speak of a past (or even a future?) Common to all humanity. Bowls, arches and primitive forms punctuate their creation. A medievalist trait is felt in Bella Hunt & DDC. Like the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, from which they borrow their names [1], the two artists refer to a world before perspective, to a pre-modern world whose race for progress was not the main story. However, their dynamic differs from that of the anti-industrial movements of the 19th century: Bella Hunt & DDC do not refuse progress, but suggest that it be outdated. Stop at Ancient Mystic I, a double-sided arc, novel, and pseudo-Phoenician-Egyptian. Simply enjoy it, without planning anything. Admit it, Bella Hunt & DDC let you once again feel the thrill of emotion produced by the discovery of an object patiently made by a past civilization: this thrill lost long ago in contact with manufactured objects of our daily life. Charlotte Cosson and Emmanuelle Luciani [1] Bella plays with the name William Hunt, DDC – for Dante di Calce or Dante de la Chaux – refers to Dante Gabriele Rossetti, the movement’s most Trécentiste

Personal exhibitions (selection) :

“La Dame à la Licorne, Médiévale et si Contemporaine” (2021) – Musée des Abattoirs, FRAC Toulouse, France
“Gothic revival – A Gothic lounge” – Southway Studio, Marseille, France
“Design Parade” – Villa Noailles, Toulon, France
“Too Fast Too Knight” – A.Romy, Zurich, Switzerland
“History of Fantasy” (2021) – Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgique
“Interiora Terrae” (2021) – Galerie OΔK Bordeaux, France
“Natura Mutatis I & II “(2021) – Galerie OΔK Toulouse, France
” Anima Mundi” (2020) – Abbaye Saint Victor, Marseille, France
“Antique – Rustique” (2020) – Galerie A Mano Studio, Biarritz, France
“Les Chemins du Sud, une théorie du mineur” (2019) – MRAC Sérignan, France
“Santibelli, dialogue avec la collection Pierre Bergé” (2019) – Musée Estrine, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
“Southway, Austin” (2019) – Austin, Texas, USA
“Anima Mundi” (2018) , Lauréat Fondation Ricard avec Southway Studio et Charlotte Cosson (sélectionné par Neil Beloufa), Paris, France
“Pieta, Sacra conversazione” (2018) –  Southway Studio et Charlotte Cosson, Marseille, France
“Domestic, like a pre-Raphaelite brotherhood” (2017) – Galerie Truth & Consequences, Genève, Switzerland
“Pre-Historic” (2017) – Leclere centre d’art, Marseille, France
“Pre-Capital, formes populaires et rurales dans l’art contemporain” (2017) – La Panacée, Montpellier, avec Charlotte Cosson et Nicolas Bourriaud
“Southway” (2016) – Leclere centre d’art, Marseille, cur. by Emmanuelle Luciani & Charlotte Cosson.