ENVIRONMENTAL
DISCOURSES

Selvaggia Messi & Mur

"Houseplant is a collaboration with New York-based performance artist, Mur. The video satires the wellness industry, particularly commenting on the millennial obsession with keeping house plants, a trend born as an antidote to the current plague of urban loneliness. The video caricatures the paradoxical nature of millennials possessing a plant at home rather than admiring it in–and preserving–its habitat, whilst also recognising the physical and mental benefits of indoor gardening."

Alexandra Ashley

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"The common theme I'm exploring in these artworks is insignificance; of our perceived selves, of the perceived importance of our human lives. I want to show a different perspective of viewing the "I" that we seem to cherish and draw our attention to every day, and of the world around us that we so readily describe with generalized labels. The titles are in lowercase with the exception of no. 4

1. hello from below 

2. big man -  The biggest man is still human.

3. fungi and more fungi 

4. tensions of the "I" in the Mind - The English letter "I" and the mandarin character "我“ (pronounced "Wo") meaning the self, almost fully encircled floating amongst a heated mass of colors, but some blend out into a calm sky of blue and gold. 

5. A doodle and writing on the concept of contradiction and the idea of change in this time of intense change from the "norm". Dealing with feelings that come with facing change can feel scary. Just like so many people around me, I've been afraid of change and during the pandemic, I put a pause on life while waiting for things to return to normal, but this change is really the only thing that's normal in life. "

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CLAUDIO CASTILLO

"This is one of my earliest generative pieces. It is based on an original watercolor painting.The artwork was divided into 4 distinct layers and those were animated creating multiple animations per layer , the software then plays back those animations in a random non linear progression that can take up to approximately 400,000 years to repeat. It is meant to be experienced once and never the same again. In this piece I incorporated for the first time the lunar and tidal cycles and those are predicted over time thereby introducing natural cycles into a chaotic random performance that is anchored into the natural world. Every print, every video is a unique one-off."

(Watercolor animation software on computer 2007) 

"Consider the lillies"
by Judah Simard

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"A photo series exploring our disconnect with nature and our reliance on material wealth to find purpose and validation. Through the imagery of man vs nature, we are forced to examine and evaluate how we see ourselves juxtaposed against nature and our deep reliance on commoditizing the natural world and bending it to our advantage. "

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"LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA"  ANNE DE CARBUCCIA

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"The skies became suddenly very blue and everything froze as the waves of bad news kept on surging to our knees, into our stomachs and finally through our hearts. Of course I knew about Pandemics. Just as I know about Cli- mate change. When you cross over to other disciplines, you are given the information. I can tell you everything about the big words, CHANGE, CHOICE, MITIGATION, ADAPTATION, PANDEMIC, SYSTEMIC...They’ve always been there...you just have to listen. I felt ready, strong and aware.

It’s when we started loosing so many of our elders that some- thing cracked. I don’t remember a life without elders. I don’t want to remember a life without memories, origins, roots. The ice broke and there I was staring into my mother and my daughter’s eyes. A mirrored time-lapse of hope. Nothing can get you ready for the pain of love."

PERES PROJECTS

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"Paolo Salvador’s paintings assemble a distinct cosmovision. Drawing on mythic imagery, his works lend contemporary reflection to ancient subjects. With loose brush strokes, and saturated colors, Salvador’s practice is evocative of biography, both personal and national. Educated in the west, his paintings offer a proximate view of his Peruvian identity, but from a distance. Salvador’s methodology involves a careful engagement with his materials, as he builds layers and details of paint across the canvas. These different planes of the painting trespass and bleed into one another, both revealing and covering, simultaneously creating and flattening out the depth in the landscapes."

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"These vivid environments are externalizations of personal and allegorical narratives, as these figurative paintings reflect on various aspects of the human condition. Salvador recently had a solo exhibition at Open Forum, Berlin. Salvador recently completed an MFA at Slade School of Fine Art in London."

(photos by Matthias Kolb)

Camilla Bellora

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Unbelievable, Child Labor - After working on a group research I found myself thinking deeply about child labor and how it is a topic that people avoid as they rather not believe in it. This artwork represents a typical vending machine that sells shoes. On the outside is colorful with stickers and rainbows, however inside there is a young kid that is making the shoes. The object I chose to sell are shoes because there has been numerous scandals regarding big companies that do child labor for producing shoes. 

"Pill Popping Growing up pills have become part of my everyday life, whether they are medications, vitamins, or drugs. As a young adult that lives in New York I learnt how easy and quick it is to get prescribed addictive medications. This piece is a critique to this situation as it portrays a doctor that is creating a rain of pills on patients stuck in prescription bottles. The people drawn in the orange bottles are considered to be prisoners of which the doctor is taking advantage of. This is a general critique and absolutely not personal.

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Domestic Violence: This is a narrative work that recounts the story of an abused daughter. My inspiration was the song from the Beatles “Run For Your Life”, this was referred to an abuse between girlfriend and boyfriend but I twisted it to be a household violence between father and daughter. The perspective of this piece is from the kid and it shows how she is without power, scared and lost. All of these pieces are done digitally."

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TOMMY BROOMY, "TIME IN ISOLATION"

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"The coronavirus outbreak changed the lives of everyone around the world. I think its fair to say for many it forced us to think about how we live and look at our own lives from a whole new perspective. Many people, such as myself, had the privilege of a home allowing us to quarantine staying safe away from the risk of catching the virus. Although I am extremely grateful for having somewhere to stay, I cannot deny the experience of being stuck inside for months on end deprived from human contact outside my household took its toll on me and many others alike. However, this drastic change in lifestyle allowed me to change the way I view myself and my relationship to the world around me. One thing I found myself particularly interested in was time and how when we aren’t distracted by the noise and hustle of our daily life time itself seems to move a lot slower. Its almost as if we fill our lives with stuff to do because when left alone we become bored, bored by ourselves.

I wanted to find a way to express the feeling of time through photography and I figured a good way would be to take daily portraits in the same place until I used 1 whole roll of film. I shortly realised though that the roll of film I had only included 28 images and in that time, I won’t have changed enough for a difference to be visible. I needed to find something with a shorter life-span to display alongside my portraits to create the feeling of time passing. I decided to use some flowers brought from the weekly trip to the shop. The images are black and white and were taken on a 35mm film camera using self-timer spanning over a 2 week period. During the lockdown period however, I couldn’t get any of my work developed but I found a new way of making images using sunlight and chemical paper known as the cyanotype process. I had a lot of fun with this and got pretty good at controlling exposures and focus. After the lockdown restrictions were lifted slightly, I was able to get the film developed and I even made a couple cyanotype prints from the photos. 

Overall, I think the works express the boredom and loneliness many felt during this pandemic and how much we miss the simple pleasures of life we took for granted before. I felt the use of the flowers worked really well and was a subtle reminder that although sometimes things seem to be moving slowly time never stands still and neither should we."

Giuseppe Prinetti
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"This is the third series of ceramic waves I do. This time , the wave takes on a different meaning. During the Covid-19 quarantine, I have reflected upon our vulnerability as humans in the hands of nature. In fact , this crisis represents perfectly how powerful Mother Nature can be - in this case; my sculpture may represent a sort of tsunami , taking the shape of a virus. The making of the sculpture is instinctual and organic just like different shapes water can transform into. The ‘wave’ can be an aesthetic and remembering object taking in consideration the beauty and terror that nature can show us.

This is the fourth type of ceramic wave I have done. I’m been making series where the final result is a dozen of them. I am very happy with this one because of the reflections the enamel makes similar to water. The wave is approximately 30 cm long and and 20 high. The meaning behind the wave is undoubtedly intuitive and emotional - reflecting the strength and impulsiveness it is made from and the power of what it represents. During the covid quarantine the wave takes on a totally different representation - making us feel small in the hands of nature . We as humans tend to forget our huge vulnerability to atmospheric happenings , but this time , the wave becomes a tsunami, and the tsunami being a viral catastrophe- the one we are living right now. "

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