Ahahaha, hahaha, jajajaja, , quá quá quá, rss, lol, hahaha, héhéhé, mdr, хахаха, бгггггг, гггггг, олололо, ههههههههه, خخخخخخخخخخخخخ, 55555, ㅋㅋ, ㅎㅎㅎ, 哈哈哈哈哈, わわわ

From 9 February 2024

Michela de Mattei joins RETROFUTURE, the collection of works by young Italian artists growing organically with time.

Ahahaha… alludes to Gino De Dominicis’s continuous laughter and makes an interspecies leap by presenting an animal and subterranean perspective, through a sound work that reproduces the vocalizations–commonly referred to as ‘rat laughter’–emitted by non-human animals during their play activities.



MICHELA DE MATTEI (Rome, 1984) is currently based in Milan. She works across different formats and media, developing fictional scenarios and unusual ecosystems in which animal-human affairs are often hijacked by technologies to question standards of authority and control, while addressing issues of animal agency and the changing dynamics of communication systems. Recent exhibitions include: Dive-In, Porto Design Biennale, Porto (2023); Performative 02, MAXXI L’Aquila (2022); Aquaria – The illusion of a boxed sea, curated by Angela Rui, MAAT museum, Lisbon (2021); Hypermaremma, Terme di Vulci (2021); The Dreamfish, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai (2019); Blushing, solo show at Belmacz, London (2019); The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Part 1: Language, curated by Filipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti, Serpentines Galleries/ZSL London Zoo (2018); Estée Lauder series, Italian Cultural Institute, London (2018); Inscape Rooms, Istituto Svizzero, Roma (2017).