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9 November
, h 5.00 pm

ARTISSIMA, International Contemporary Art Fair – 7-9 November 2014
Oval, Lingotto Fiere, via Nizza 294, Turin

In the context of Artissima, PAV presents the book The Soweto Project (Berlin Archive Books, 2014).
The publication is the contribution of the Slovenian artist and architect Marjetica Potrč, in the group show Vegetation as a political agent, curated by Marco Scotini. After the workshops led by the artists Daniel Halter and Fernando García-Dory, The Soweto Project represents the third round of the program of PAV Training and Educational Activities.

Speakers: Marjetica Potrč, Amalia Ruiz-Larrea, a member of Design for the Living World, Marco Scotini and Orietta Brombin, curator of PAV Training and Educational Activities.

The talk is inside of the program Zonarte, curated by the departments of Education of PAV, Castello di Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum, GAM Civic Gallery of Modern Art, Fondazione Merz, Cittadellarte and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. The project is supported by the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - CRT, Turin.

The Soweto Project developed over the course of two months in early 2014 at two locations in Soweto – Orlando east and Noordgesig. In orlando east, the class Design for the Living World and the local residents turned a former public space that had been used as a dumping ground into a community-organized public space called Ubuntu Park. Together they built a stage, braai-stands (BBQ- stands), and tables and benches. To open Ubuntu Park, and to celebrate the community, they organized the Soweto Street Festival.
In Noordgesig, two vegetable gardens at Noordgesig Primary School were created. In all these endeavours, the principles of participatory design were followed.

Download Press Release (italian version)
Download ZonArte program 

In the context of



curated by Marco Scotini

Piero Gilardi, OGM Free (dettaglio), 2014

Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Imre Bukta, Amilcar Cabral, Filipa César, Critical Art Ensemble,
Emory Douglas, Fernando García-Dory, Piero Gilardi, Daniel Halter, Adelita Husni-Bey, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Claire Pentecost, Marjetica Potrč, RozO (Philippe Zourgane & Séverine Roussel), Nomeda e Gediminas Urbonas

Bonnie Ora Sherk, Crossroads Community (The Farm), 1974-ongoing

Till January 11, 2015

The exhibition seeks to investigate the historical and social implications of the plant world in light of the ever-increasing resurgence of "green" as an agent of change in relation to current economic processes. To place a plant within a historical context means to consider not only its biological constitution, but also the social and political factors which see it already positioned at the centre of the earliest forms of economic globalisation.

Focusing on the dual contexts of the past and the present, Vegetation as a political agent harmoniously combines artistic and architectural works by thirteen international artists, documents pertaining to the historical pioneers of the first ecological revolutions, and scientific equipment relevant to the botanical world. As well as art works and installations, the exhibition includes a vast series of illustrations and samples of vegetation, and archive materials and posters produced in a wide variety of cultural contexts. The geopolitical areas to which the exhibition relates range from the Indian Ocean (Mauritius and Reunion Islands) to Guinea-Bissau, from South Africa to Mexico.

Press release

The title, Vegetation as a political agent, refers to a quotation from a text by Philippe Zourgane (forthcoming publication)

In the context of


Documents from the international symposium
(Turin, May 8, 2013)

Curated by Claudio Cravero

148 pp., Italian
Prinp Editore, Torino

ISBN 978-88-97677-33-8, e-book version

The book collects the documents and the essays of the international symposium (held at Teatro Casa Ragazzi on May 8, 2013), an important and collateral event to the homonymous exhibition Internaturalism. The symposium analyzed in depth the theme of nature from multiple perspectives (aesthetic, ethical, anthropological and artistic). Divided into three sessions, with contributions from specialists and researchers from different disciplines, the conference offered insights on some of the most urgent issues related to nature, a concept that has always been ambiguous and misunderstood. The book includes contributions by specialists in "human ecology" and "zooanthropology". A special section, Art and narratives on nature, explores some the relationship between contemporary art and nature.

Texts by: Bergit Arends, Alice Benessia, Maurizio Balistreri, Andrea Caretto e Raffaella Spagna, Claudio Cravero, Piergiorgio Donatelli, Salvatore D'Onofrio, Piero Gilardi, Roberto Marchesini, Maurizio Mori, Mario Petrucci, Fabien Sanders, Gilberte Tsai, Alessio Vaccari.

The book is available online at the following link


curated by Claudio Cravero

120 pp., Italian/English
Prinp Editore, Torino; € 12
ISBN 978-88-97677-28-4
A series of multiple viewpoints surrounding the concept of nature brings to the concept of Internaturalism (Gianfranco Marrone, Addio alla Natura, Milan, Feltrinelli Ed. 2011). In today’s debate on environmental ecology we should ask ourselves whether nature is an instrumental object for man or, vice versa, if it could become a subject to be in relationships with as with other forms of life. Then, there are open and not ‘solved’ views of the idea of nature. They are outlooks that have to be combined and matched especially in the contemporary debate among different cultures. To overcome the nature vs. culture dichotomy – since the debate about nature is itself primarily a cultural product – the French anthropologist and ethnographer Philippe Descola talks about two possible new categories: human and non-human (Par-delà nature et culture, Paris, Gallimard, 2005). These are dualisms that rule out clear ethnographic subdivisions, and that confirm the presence of infinite nature-culture dualities. This cultural conflict, among different forces and tensions, has been the focus of workshops and artworks on display. Among the artists: botto&bruno, Critical Art Ensemble, Caretto|Spagna, Gabriella Ciancimino, Brigitte de Malau, Agostino Ferrari, Piero Gilardi, Henrik Håkansson, Norma Jeane, Laurent Le Deunff, Filippo Leonardi, Nja Mahdaoui, Lucy+Jorge Orta, Luana Perilli, Cesare Pietroiusti, Christophe Quirino Spoto, Laura Viale, Uli Westphal.

Documented by photographs and drawings, the book is featured by essays of: Orietta Brombin, Gianluca Cosmacini, Claudio Cravero, Piero Gilardi.

The book is available online at the following link


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