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Maria Teresa Alves (Brazil), Giorgio Andreuta Kahlo (Italia), Alfredo and Isabel Aquilezan (Filipino), Adrien Balcica (Ecuador), Gianfranco Barocello (Italia), Adriana Busts (Argentina), Sebastian Calvoco is ready (Chile), Cao Mingao and Chen Jianjun (China), Jimmy Durham (we), Denis Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neumann (Brazil / Germany), Fernando Garcia Dori And Inside (Spain), Ximena Garrido-Lecca (Peru), Poli poli – Salma, a mischievous beauty – Qamar al-Zaman is gay (Bangladesh), edgar heap birds (Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations/US), Collective Karrabing movie And Elizabeth Povinelli (Emmi, Mentha, Wadjigiyn, Kiyuk and Malakmalak/US states), Sam Q (Ireland), Francois Knotz (South Africa), Elena Mazi (Italia), Anna Mendita (Cuba), Marzia Migliora (Italia), Jota Mombasa and Ike Yos Peña Narvais (Brazil / Venezuela), Sandra Monterosso (Guatemala), Niccolo Morato (Italia), Tabitha Razair And caps (French Guiana), Zina Saro Wiwa (UK/Nigeria), Karan Shrestha (Nepal), Siwani gossip (South Africa), Jasmine Smith (Australia) , Ivano Troisi (Italia), hard and hard (Australia) , Zheng Bo (Hong Kong)

Accelerating global warming, rising seas, mass extinctions of species, recent weather anomalies, outpourings and spills of toxicity that are impossible to contain – this unfolding quandary is inseparable from the modern European paradigm that envisions nature as a reservoir of resources to be exploited freely for profit. Rethink nature It reveals how contemporary artistic practice contributes to cultural and political processes that collectively rethink the ethical foundations of being in the world, and emphasize the forms of interdependence that bind the entire planet. Featuring more than 40 artists and groups from 22 countries, the project formulates an experimental creative vocabulary aimed at producing alternative combinations of knowledge and social forms focused on the political environment. They demonstrate the urgency of building relationships on the basis of other values ​​and call for radical change to address a cumulative crisis that has long existed in many geographies and which theorist Elizabeth Povinelli of the Karrabing Film Collective identifies today as “ancestors”.

A critical reading from the artists’ perspective of segregation and the disciplinary determinism that has dominated the natural and geological sciences over the past centuries, the exhibition reflects on the historical and philosophical roots of the imperial view of nature as a source of economic profit that must be appropriated, and considers how the associated hegemonic dynamics persist in today’s global economic system. Argentinian artist Adriana Bustos’s paintings and sculptures iconify the organization of relationships between living things and analyze how the natural sciences arose and also served to naturalize colonial and racist processes. Karrabing Film Collective presents a new collection of delegated video work and conceptual assignments – or weather reportsIt shows a colonial eye that mastered mapping as it destroys worlds, along with the diaspora history of the Povinelli’s transition from clan lands in the Italian Alps to settler lands in the United States, with the history of the confiscation of Karrabing from their ancestral lands in northern Australia. weather reports Spanning five centuries, it evokes the dramatic upheavals of ecology and geography as Europe asserts its control over the meaning and destiny of lands, lands and peoples.

Gianfranco Barocello’s Project Agricola Cornelia SpACreated in the 1970s near Rome as an artistic experiment in agriculture and social justice, he investigated how art offers alternatives and responds to realities such as human hunger, proposes forms of work not based on exploitation, and explores relationships with non-humans. and items. A new generation of artists today is developing joints with agriculture and community on a small scale through projects such as INLAND created in 2010 by Fernando García Dori in northern Spain and Amacaba, recently started by Tapita Razair in the Amazon rainforest in French Guiana, which will include a cocoa farm and beekeeping And garden dye. These technical initiatives imagine responses to the environmental crisis, emphasize collective responsibility, and advance the concept of climate justice.

Other artists in Rethink nature In their works they express forms of interconnected thinking that consider the intelligence of rocks, water, plants, and animals to be essential to disrupting the division between human nature. Zina Saro Wiwa Caricbo pipeline Overlaying oil extraction infrastructure while evoking unseen and spiritual energies, setting an Ogoni masquerade party performed by dancers in carved antelope masks in a pipeline landscape. Monotype series Defend the sacred mountains Written by Edgar Heap of Birds He collects North American indigenous toponyms related to places of ritual, worship, and healing to illustrate the fragmentation caused by the nation-state and generate space for cultural resistance. Video installation of Bouhelbzoi Siwani Psalms It creates a ritual and narrative space that emphasizes, through performative and bodily languages, the resilience of spiritual practices associated with the land despite the bans its predecessors faced in South Africa. To expand the gallery with a large site-specific installation, Filipino artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilezan presents columnfrom the series Another country project Inspired by the Badjaw, who are nomads who sail the Sulu Sea. The new commission, made up of hundreds of houses and plants made of cardboard, was developed during workshops with young people in Naples. The series of residences and gardens descend across the floors of the museum, suspended from a Neapolitan schooner, upturned like a shelter in a storm, alluding to the city’s history as a Mediterranean port and to future life forms on high waters.

An illustrated exhibition catalog will be published with new critical writing by Denis Ferreira da Silva and others, as well as a series of discussions with invited artists, thinkers, activists and practitioners collaborating on the associated programmes.

Rethink nature Curated by Catherine Weir with co-curator Ilaria Conti.

Opening events: December 17, 2021
11 a.m.: Artist talks with Maria Teresa Alves, Adriana Bustos, Elena Mazzi, Marzia Migliora, Niccol Morato and Ivano Troisi.
5:30 pm: Curators’ tour

Rethink nature Programs: from February to May 2022
Detailed program of talks, discussions, walks, workshops, study groups and online presentations with thinkers, activists and practitioners in the field of the political environment and with Rethink nature artists.

For more details, visit here.

Internal Academy: 3-6 March 2022
Fernando García Dori and INLAND present a unit of Inland Academy, an independent graduate program to collectively reinvent power dynamics around spirituality and contemporary art, whose first edition will culminate at Documenta the fifteenth in June 2022.

Madre Project Team
Exhibition assistance: Sonia Dalto, Pietro Schamka
Produced by: Alicia Evangelista, Laura Mariano with the assistance of Ariana Rosica
Exhibition design: Dolores Lettieri
Group: Silvia Salvati
Institutional Relations and Communications: Beatrice Petti, Libra Durante, Sarah Manuccio
Editorial: Eduardo Mellon with the help of Valeria Bevilacqua

With special thanks for the generous support from Rethink nature A project by Gianfranco D’Amato, Renato Magaldi and Amici del Madre.

Also warm thanks to Narcotics Anonymous! Project, Academy of Fine Arts of Naples, La Caixa Foundation, Fabio Agovino, University of Naples Federico II, MAN – National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Botanical Garden of Naples, Tarcia Cultural Society for Plants and Arts, Foundation Dedalus Coopativa sociale, Foundation Baruchello, Collection Tia, The Estate of Ana Mendieta.

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