The myth of plenty
In a contemporary landscape that asserts itself as much digital as natural, the question of the place of man and our claim to escape our condition, brings back into the field of representations the ancestral fears of obsolescence and scarcity.
Metaphorically, the cornucopia, a thousand-year-old image whose representation has been abundant since antiquity, is synonymous with an unlimited source of benefits.
It’s growth, the only possible option towards the future. It’s evolution, the inexhaustible full. It evokes a nature of peace, contemplation and poetry and seems to indicate a place of privileged plenitude. This image of abundance reassures us. However, the great myths in their diversity shed light on the fears that have accompanied us since the dawn of humanity: to disappear, to miss, to suffer. While nature saturates and begins to fail the ideologies of progress and the inexhaustible that had colonized our imagination until now, man turns to digital with the same thirst and the same ambition: there was a dream which was called Rome, a dream of grandeur, power and prosperity without measure, without conditions, without counterpart. A dream that resembles human predation, that nothing can ever answer. Ambivalences appear, a threat of exhaustion and emptiness.
This video cycle offers a collective reflection on the myth of abundance - of nature and technology - as an imaginary resource and source of understanding of our vision. As an integral part of these environments, to what extent Man identifies with them and transcends them? These works allow us to think, according to plural conceptions of space and time, the multiplicity of possible relationships that human beings have always maintained with the spaces they inhabit and the environments they create in order to ensure their survival. A reflection on the tools any human community has to reinvent itself. Build a new understanding of the world we live in because this world has changed and the human being is no stranger to this change. It brings us back to our imaginations of paradise, our mythologies, our frustrations, but also our responsibilities.
The cycle is divided into 4 parts: Abundance, Abuse, Decline & Obsolescence.
GIUNGLA by S.O.F.A Lucca’s botanical Garden
Giungla is a multidisciplinary exhibition curated by S.O.F.A. It is located in the heart of the Botanical Garden of Lucca, and supported by the City Council of Lucca and the Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca.
The exhibition questions the themes of human/technology/nature.
SOFA. is a non-profit association founded in 2016
by 6 women who deal with culture in various ways (press attaché, anthropologist, gallery director, curator, performer, art historian). with the objectives of enhancing the artistic heritage and promoting contemporary art, the work of young artists and art professionals, by creating opportunities for collaboration and sharing of knowledge and experiences.
Giungla proposes a video cycle + a performance by Giulia Perelli and conferences with Tommaso Guariento, Clemente Pestelli aka Guido Segni, Luca Peretti, Luca Pagani and Giovanni Maria Martini at the Botanical Garden.
Giungla is curated by Irene Panzani, founder of S.O.F.A. (https://www.facebook.com/ sharedofficeforthearts) and board memeber of
the magazine MOUVEMENT (mouvement.net).
The Video cycle curated by Videodrome will be projected in a loop in the Garden’s enigmatic caves.
OCTOBER 16TH TO 18TH
LUCCA BOTANICAL GARDEN, ITALY
SERENA JV ELSTON