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