South likes: Vegetation as a political agent at PAV, Turin

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Vegetation as a political agent, installation shot, 2014, PAV, Turin

South likes: Vegetation as a political agent at PAV, Turin
Vegetation as a political agent
PAV – Parco d’Arte Vivente, Turin, Italy
31 May – 2 November, 2014

Text by Michelangelo Corsaro

If one point clearly emerges from the exhibition Vegetation as a political agent, curated by Marco Scotini, is mainly the positioning of plants, and in particular the history of plants, at the centre of a discourse that defies the dichotomy between culture and nature. And in fact, if it is true that the domestication of plants was one of the most important stage of human evolution, vegetation and its history is a research subject that speaks about political and social aspects of our cultural life. Starting from the XVII and XVIII century, with colonial plantations and maritime commerce, vegetal life started a evolution that can be followed step by step until very recent economic and scientific developments such as globalisation and GMO technologies. The exhibition tells a story of exploitation, of men and lands, as well as of political and social emancipation. Through a diverse array of exhibited materials, this story is carefully constructed taking into account documents of environmental revolutions, scientific investigations, and artistic interventions by thirteen international artists. The artists duo RozO created a large scale outdoor installation to showcase a series of documents from former French colonies. Adelita Husni-Bey presents an account from two treesitting protest camps, where a group of activists built a temporary dwelling on treetops to prevent deforestation by logging corporations. Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri continue their experimentation on social and collaborative projects with the introduction in the market of organic seeds for the re-balancing of soil. Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč will present the results of a community space for a vegetable garden in Soweto, South Africa. The scenario portrayed by the exhibition adds an essential contribution to a discourse that closely concerns the administration of our own ecosystem. For eventually the knowledge we produce around the life of plants and their political, economical, and geographical history, is a reflection of the ecology we chose for ourselves.

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Vegetation as a political agent, installation shot, 2014, PAV, Turin

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Imre Bukta, installation shot, Vegetation as a political agent, 2014, PAV, Turin

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Vegetation as a political agent, installation shot, 2014, PAV, Turin

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Adelita Husny-Bey, installation shot, Vegetation as a political agent, 2014, PAV, Turin

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Filipa César, Vegetation as a political agent, 2014, PAV, Turin

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RozO, installation shot, Vegetation as a political agent, 2014, PAV, Turin

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RozO, installation shot, Vegetation as a political agent, 2014, PAV, Turin

 

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