On May 4 at Quartz Studio in Torino inaugurated Siesta Club, the second solo show in Italy by French artist Adrien Missika.

For this exhibition – which will be open until July 11 – the artist drew on his recent experience in Mexico and created a “relaxation room”, a reference to the “siesta” cliché usually associated with many Central and South American cultures.

In the following diary, Adrien Missika tells us how this project started.

Yanomami Shabono communal housing, Amazons

Yanomami Shabono communal housing, Amazons

Last winter I decided to move to Mexico City for 6 months. I had been attracted by Mexico since a long time, but after a project I did the year before it appeared clear that it was time to make a move. I found a very bright flat with a huge terrace where 1 hammock was hanging already. Where I set my studio were as well hammocks in the backyard. So I started using them naturally. A few months later I had a bike accident and broke my toe. It wasn’t too bad but I couldn’t walk so well for 6 weeks. I was somehow forced to rest and couldn’t be as mobile and productive as usual. I then started spending much more time in hammocks and reflecting on productivity/lazyness, lazyness/creativity. I started realizing how much I loved to hang and how letting be could be healthy for my nerves and also my art. Passivity and forced unproductivity flipped into well being and  inspiration.

after a bus hit me on my bike

after a bus hit me on my bike

my 1st DIY hammock in my Mexico City studio

my 1st DIY hammock in my Mexico City studio

I made a research on hammocks, from origins to modern use. I figured there is a big DIY hammock community within the travelers and backpackers or campers. They developed cheap handy lightweight techniques of making hammocks. I learned them all on forums and youtube. Then I started making my own hammocks using and combining technical lightweight fabrics and DIY whipping techniques.

weaved hammocks in a market in Mexico City

weaved hammocks in a market in Mexico City

my growing collection of carabiners

my growing collection of carabiners

I started setting several hammocks in my studio and home terrace and eventually had some interesting situations coming out, like spontaneous collective siestas or endless friends chats. All of which I deeply enjoyed and pursued my reflection on the intrinsic individualist definition of rest/sleep as opposed to the possible setting of rest as a community thing (Mayas used to sleep in sort of hammock dorms).

the hammock forest growing in my studio

the hammock forest growing in my studio

While playing and making hammocks on a daily basis I also started thinking of them as trans-medium artworks in between design, sculpture, painting and performance.

when hammocks become pictorial (silver, folds, baclight)

when hammocks become pictorial (silver, folds, baclight)

silver hammock pov sunset

silver hammock pov sunset

printed hammock home testing

printed hammock home testing

When I recovered from my toe fracture I started traveling around.  Everywhere I went I had at least 1 hammock in my bag. I hanged them everywhere I could and did a siesta every time I felt like it. I documented it with the hammock POV, somehow making feet selfies with a view.

hammock pov photo with my healing toe at a volcano

hammock pov photo with my healing toe at a volcano

hammock pov in Tlatelolco

hammock pov in Tlatelolco

Siesta Club at home

Siesta Club at home

Siesta Club Tlatelolco

Siesta Club Tlatelolco

Siesta Club Tlatelolco

Siesta Club Tlatelolco

Siesta Club Tlatelolco

Siesta Club Tlatelolco

Siesta Club Tlatelolco

Siesta Club Tlatelolco

For the  exhibition planned at Quartz Studio I gathered all the hammocks made in Mexico and hanged them almost randomly within the very high space, creating a set for collective siesta time.  A relaxing soundtrack was also produced to facilitate the drift into limbs.

all tools and material needed during installing at Quartz Studio

all tools and material needed during installing at Quartz Studio

a bit fetish detail on gathered end hammock at Quartz Studio

a bit fetish detail on gathered end hammock at Quartz Studio