Rethinking Nature. Curated by  Kathryn Weir with the associate curator Ilaria Conti. Madre – Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee, museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples. 12.17.2021 – 05.02.2022

Gianfranco Baruchello, Agricola Cornelia, 1973

Rethinking Nature, installation view, Museo Madre, Napoli

Rethinking Nature, installation view, Museo Madre, Napoli

The exhibition Rethinking Nature, curated by the Museum’s Artistic Director Kathryn Weir together with Associate Curator Ilaria Conti, addresses the theme of political ecology understood as the need to build a new relationship between human beings and the ecosystem of which they are part.

In the exhibition, which included 40 artists and artistic collectives, Baruchello was invited with Agricola Cornelia S.p.A. (1973-1981), the long action that constitutes one of the fields in which the artist has worked most: the relationship with nature, with the environment, with the plants and the animals.

The room dedicated to Baruchello included: three showcases/archives Agricola Cornelia (1-2-3) with materials, documents, organic and inorganic objects, organised according to three themes (food, politics, animal and vegetable), the work Agricola Cornelia. Questio de aqua et terra (industrial enamels on aluminum in four elements), the series Progetto Kanak (Magie agricole, Magie idrauliche, Magie alimentari, Magie politico-sindacali) inspired by the holistic vision of the Kanak culture of New Caledonia, Agricola Cornelia IV. Vue à vol d’oiseau de l’ensemble (industrial enamels on cardboard) in which Baruchello notes the agricultural use of the land dedicated to the long project, four pieces from the series Costruire una torre al mattino con materiali trovati, sculptures created through a daily exercise of collecting discarded materials, in which Baruchello combines individual sensitivity and radical imagination to construct new forms of living.